20 days post op Male Breast Reduction, does it take more time to get full results?

i made a male breast reduction ( just removing the fat tissue) since 20 days but it didn't get flat enough, does it take more time to geHt the full result. and the doctor said that there is no inflation in breast tissue.

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This surgical practice has treated a number of patients who have previously undergone gynecomastia surgery and felt that their results were not ideal, and who came to this practice seeking an improvement of their chest area appearance. The most frequently encountered problems are the following:

Liposuction only was performed, leaving behind a mass of breast tissue behind the areola.
Over-resection of breast tissue behind the areola resulting in nipple retraction, areolar indentation/depression, or chest area surface irregularities.
A deflated appearance from excessive tissue removal.
Unfavorable scarring from skin excision procedures.
It is obviously a very difficult and frustrating experience for a man to seek surgical improvement of a problem area that keeps them from being comfortable without a shirt on, and to end up with a post-surgical problem that leaves them with the same situation. The good news is that essentially all unfavorable results from prior gynecomastia surgery can be improved with careful preoperative evaluation and re-operative treatment planning.

The improvement of unfavorable results may require any number of surgical techniques including additional adipose and/or breast tissue removal, replacement of tissue using structural fat grafting and/or dermal-fat grafts, revision of scars, and removal of excess skin. While in some cases there are inherent limitations to the degree of improvement that is possible, most problems can be improved dramatically and some can be completely corrected.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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When are Results Noticeable after a Male Breast Reduction

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After 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.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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20 Days After Male Breast Reduction and Size Concerns

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  In general, full results after male breast reduction may not be realized for 6 months or so.  If after that period of time you feel that you have additional tissue, additional removal can be performed.  Kenneth Hughes, MD male breast reduction Los Angeles, CA


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It can take as long as  six months to see the end result of a gynecomastia procedure. If at the end of six months you are not satisfied, you can have additional tissue removed

Joseph A. Russo, MD
Newton Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia Surgery Results

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You say that you had only fat removed, if you have true gynecomastia and not pseudo-gynecomastia (male breasts caused by fat alone)...you may need to have breast tissue removed to get the desired result. It is too soon to see your final outcome, swelling can take 3 to 6 months to resolve. Be sure to wear a compression vest for a full 6 weeks. Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews


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Swelling does take 6-9 months for it to subside. You should be wearing a compression garment to help.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Final result not apparent just 3 weeks after male breast reduction

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At less than a month after your surgery there will still be swelling present in the chest region. Even assuming you have been wearing a compression vest the final results will take additional time to become clear. This settling process usually takes between 3 to 6 months after surgery. Should you still feel that you desire a flatter chest contour then share your thoughts with your Plastic Surgeon who should be able to review options with you.

Gynecomastia surgery

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Gyencomastia surgery results may take a few months because of swelling after surgery that commonly develops

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews


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It is still too early, you are only 20 days post surgery.

Wait 3 months then revaluate. If you feel you are still too big, will need evaluation whether it is glandular, fat or both. Depending on the cause a plan of repair can be discussed with you

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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