I Have Had Gynecomastia Surgery 2 Months Ago, I Have Several Questions?

Im 19 yo.I have had liposuction and gland removal through a periareoler incision(skin was saggy and had been removed) I have regained sensation on the left side. Both areolas are 2" in diameter relaxed, the left contracts normally while the right does not have any nipple protrusion it just shrinks in size, is this normal?Would I regain sensation on the right side?Can I have a areola reduction surgery?When should I have it?How much can it be reduced?

Doctor Answers 7

Early Gynecomastia Surgery Healing

Hi Khaled,

Thank you for the post. At 2 months you are still in the healing phase. Sensation can take 1 to 2 years to return, but in most cases returns within months of the surgery. However, there is a chance that sensation will not return and this is one of the risks of the surgery that should be discussed prior to surgery. As for the areola reduction, I recommend waiting at least 6 months to allow the surgical site to settle. The degree to which it can be reduced is based on the current size, the skin tone around it, and the general proportion to the rest of your chest.


Dr. Dadvand

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple sensation after gynecomastia correction

Nipple sensation may take several months to a year to return after gynecomastia excision surgery. Areolar reduction may be performed at 4 to 6 months after your surgery.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia surgery

Sensation usually returns within 6-8 weeks, but some take longer and some may  never regain it. As for the areola size, they can be reduced, but you should wait 4-6 months at least to see how things settle down.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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GYnecomastia results

Sensation can take up to a year to return,  if at all.  You may have a permanently numb nipple but you won't know for for a while.

Areolar diameter in a male is about 28 mm.  If your areola are too wide it is a simple matter to reduce the diameter with a little circum-areolar skin excision.  I would recommend waiting at least three months after your last surgery, or until the scars are fully mature (no change over a six week period) to allow for blood supply to reconnect.

Once you have reached a plateau in terms of scar maturation all otions for revision are acceptable.

Gynecomastia surgery recovery

The sensation to the nipples can take a long time (over a year) to return to one or both of the nipples after this surgery especially if there was an incision along the areola as in your case.  There is a slight chance that the sensation may never fully return to that nipple which is a know complication of the surgery.  As for reducing the size of the areola, that can be done anytime after 3-6 months after the initiial surgery.  The only drawback is that you will have scar around the entire areola and a chance for further reduction of the sensation to the nipple.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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Post Gynecomastia Surgery questions.

Through what incision the skin was removed,and is the scar all around the areola or just in the lower part of the areola? Your pictures will be extremely important to determine your needs.As far as regaining sensation it may happen within the next 1-2 years. Although  areola reduction is an option, I personally think that other options as thinning of the areola may be better (It all depend on the kind of surgery and excisions that were done previously).It is best to consult a experienced board certified plastic/gynecomastia surgeon.   

Mordcai Blau, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Yes,you can have reduction surgery

The sensation may or may not return, it is difficult to say and only time will tell.  This is one of the risk of the surgery.  I often perform areolar reductions about 6 months after the first surgery.  The areola can be reduced significantly.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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