My right pectoral looks more puffy then the left pectoral. Is it still swollen, or are these the results? (photos)

Just wondering about swelling and if my results will only get more and more flat over time or is it possible they don't stay as flat over time? My right pec looks a little more puffy then my left pec. Just had surgery only 5days ago btw

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Healing & Assymetry After Gynecomastia Surger

Asymmetry during the healing process is not at all uncommon after any breast surgery. Also, your incisions will go through a maturation #process following #Gynecomastia #surgery. 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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5 days post op

Yes, 5 days is very early.  You will be swollen for weeks.  By 3 to 6 months the swelling will be gone and the skin will tighten.   Asymmetries at this point are normal and likely related to the swelling.

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Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Post Op Swelling

There is significant swelling immediately post surgery. Do not worry. Express your concerns to your surgeons. However, trust his or her guidance as he or she knows the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Early post-op results

You need to be patient as your chest is still swollen from your surgery and the right is more swollen than the left. Remember it takes a minimum of 6 months for scars to mature and to see your final results.  Please continue to wear a compression garment and follow any post-surgical recommendations of your surgeon.  

James A. Lehman, MD (retired)
Akron Plastic Surgeon
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Puffy breasts after surgery

You need to wait at least 3 months from surgery to see how your breasts will turn out.  It is always hard early after surgery, since you are excited to see results.  Discuss your concerns with your surgeon and try to be patient.

Timothy Connall, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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5 days post lipo is too early to tell

it takes weeks and even months before all results are "in" after liposuction. it is way too early to be overly concerned about how things look at this point. you should not expect perfect symmetry at any point, but this early asymmetrical swelling is not at all unusual.  be patient and work with your surgeon and hopefully you will see a nice improvement over the coming weeks.

Bruce K. Barach, MD
Schenectady Plastic Surgeon
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