1 Month Male Breast Reduction Post-Operative Concerns? (photo)

Hello, My surgery included ultrasonic lipo and excision via the armpit. My main concerns are these: 1) The left nipple is darker than the right. Will this subside? If so, does that mean the nipple will become less contracted as well? 2) The left is entirely flat against my chest, almost indented, and its tip goes inward. The right nipple is puffy and protrudes as if there is still too much tissue left. Did my doctor take too much tissue out of the left and leave too much tissue in the right?

Doctor Answers 5

1 Month Male Breast Reduction Post-Operative Concerns

Following 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
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews




1 month post-surgery is too soon to see final results. Things will continue to change over time. It usually takes 8-12 months to see final results.



Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

1 month after Male Breast Reduction Surgery

1 month after any surgery is too soon to make a final decision on your results. It takes about 3 full months to see final results. I would continue your follow up with your plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

1 Month Male Breast Reduction Post-Operative Concerns? (photo)

I see and understand your concerns. But way TOOO early to comment Allow more healing time. See your doc more often to keep your concerns in their view. Regards 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Concerns after correction of gynaecomastia

Dear Sheen


At this stage you are only 1-month after your surgery, and from your photos, you appear to have a very good result. Of course, I have not seen your pre-operative photographs, but looking at your chest, it now seems normal with no evidence of breast tissue.

As you will know, there is no such thing as perfect symmetry in the body, and we are all asymmetric between our left and right halves. These asymmetries will apply to your chest, both pre-operatively and post-operatively, meaning that you will always notice some slight differences. However, looking at your photos, these differences do not appear to be significant. Furthermore, you need to wait a minimum of 6-months before you can start to judge the final outcome of your surgery, and up to a year in many cases.

I hope this reassures you, as I think your chest looks very good.


Marc Pacifico, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.