How much tissue should be left after gynecomastia surgery?

I've had gyno surgery done a few days ago , the doctor decided to do lipo only since my gyno tissue was about 2.5-3 mm in diameter .It's been 5 days since the surgery and my chest looks exactly the same .should he have done an exision ?

Doctor Answers 6

Should I have Undergone Excision?

Another issue with obese men is that they may have a degree of breast ptosis (droopiness) or even skin excess. From what it sounds like with your surgeon's diagnosis did not find any ptosis or excess. Now, you may have a certain amount of swelling from your surgery, so be sure to follow all of the post-op instructions you were given in able to ensure healthy healing. Good luck.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Difference Between Fat and True Gynecomastia

Dear robertcassy13,

I think it is first important to understand the difference between fat deposits in the chest and true gynecomastia. Medicine and surgery are easy once you have the correct diagnosis. Gynecomastia means that the breast bud present in every man and woman at birth has been stimulated with estrogen-type circulating hormones. This can be distinguished from fat because it is firm to touch and palpation as opposed to the soft fat of the abdomen. If you had true gynecomastia, liposuction will not correct that and excision should have been done. Granted you are only five days from surgery, and it may be hard to distinguish a difference right now because of the swelling. Once the majority of the swelling is down, which should be the case in six weeks, then I suggest the following: Tense your chest muscles. Feel the thickness of fat that is between the skin and the muscle one inch below your collarbone. That is the same amount of thickness that should be under your nipple and areolae at six weeks’ time. If it is larger than that then there is likely glandular tissue left behind that should still be excised.

I hope this has been helpful.

Robert D. Wilcox, MD

Robert D. Wilcox, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Just enough and not too much

Plastic surgery is art and not math.  It is tactile judgement of surgeon and centimetric measurements of tissues that determine final outcomes in patients.  

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Tissue after gynecomastia surgery

Thank you for your question and without photos it is difficult to render an opinion but it is not unusual to have swelling for two to three weeks.  I would wait for six to eight weeks and then discuss this with your surgeon. If tissue needs to be removed it can still be done.

John D. Smoot, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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LIpo and gynecomastia

At this point you are likely very swollen. In many cases, I prefer to go with liposuction because  with direct excision there is s higher risk of over resection and depressions.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia post op

5 days post op liposuction, I am surprised that you are only as big as preop.  Liposuction swelling can be large and very firm, not soft at all.  During the first week the swelling can overwhelm the result. Wear your garment as directed and see your surgeon. You should start seeing your result in the next 1-2 weeks. Because of gravity your upper chest will get flat days and weeks before your lower chest. Good luck.

Scott W. Vann, MD, FACS
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
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