Why is my breast size growing a little bit again after gynecomastia surgery?

I had surgery 6 weeks ago. (Lyposuction) For 4 weeks straight I wore my compression vest but since school started I have to take it off. Once my 6 week mark passes I continued to weightlifting and drinking 53g protein shakes. When I first took off my vest, my chest looked incredibly flat. After the swelling,it went down a little bit, but I feel like my chest is getting big again, now I dont know if Im gaining fat agian or if its part of thr swelling process or I dont know. Im 16 and have good metabolism

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What to Expect Post Gynecomastia Surgery

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Following #Gynecomastia #surgery, your incisions will go through a maturation #process. For the first few months they will be red and possibly raised and/or firm. As the scar matures, after 6-12 months, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, “crawling”, or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area. This is a result of the #healing of tiny fibers which are trapped in the incision site. These symptoms will disappear. Some people are prone to keloids, which is an abnormal scar that becomes prominent. If you or a blood relative has a tendency to keloid formation, please inform the doctor.

Bruising and #swelling are normal and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However, it may take 6-9 weeks to disappear completely. 

Also, as you heal, the area may feel “lumpy” and irregular. This, too, decreases with time, and massaging these areas will help soften the scar tissue. The #compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will #heal. It can also assist in the retraction of the skin. If you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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It's very hard to know what's going on without seeing you and doing an examination. Certain foods and drinks can increase your fluid retention (swelling). Its best to see your surgeon and keep him/her informed of what is going on.

Terry E. Restivo, DO
Napa Physician


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Thank you for your question but I would ask your surgeon as he knows what he did and how things should look at this point.  That or get a second opinion from experts in the area 

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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6 weeks later..

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...is too early to judge result.  Swelling can persist for months.  Plus, skin still needs to tighten. My guess is that once vest came off swelling re-developed.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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