Did I Take the Rib Belt Off Too Early After a Gynecomastia Operation? Chest Is Sagging.

Hi,I had a gynecomastia liposuction 2.5 weeks ago. I took off the rib belt 10 days post-op (was moving a lot too, but not gyming). I’ve had the belt off for a week & now the breast looks really saggy! No fat,but just skin&lumps.The results looked fantastic the 1st week (chiseled breast for the 1st time ever) - Will the rib belt work if I wear it now? Or too late? - Workout chest sooner than later? - What else to do? The “roller coaster” in results is really depressing. Please help, thx a lot in advance

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Use of a Compression Garment After a Gynecomastia Procedure

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Our patients are required to wear a compression garment for the a few weeks following their #Gynecomastia surgery.
The #compression garment helps to reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will heal.We recommend it not be removed, at all, until the second or third day after the surgery. After that, we suggest they feel free to temporarily remove the #garment for showering or laundering only. We encourage our patients to maintain circumferential pressure for 4-6 weeks, but they may switch to an exercise compression garment when advised.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Compression garment

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I recommend my patients wear their garments for a minimum of 3 weeks if not a lot of redundant skin following liposuction male breast reduction to a maximum of 6 weeks. To be effective the garment needs to fit snug but not too tight as to cause pressure problems (inspect your skin if discomfort and when skin is exposed), or prevent you from sleeping. As the edema resolves it is common for patients to switch to a smaller garment that fits - A Spanx type garment would work rather than ordering one or paying more at your doctor;'s office.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Reduction) by liposuction requires compression garments for three main reasons:
  1. it restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure
  2. It decreases the amount of bruising
  3. It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking

Gynecomastia Garment

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Hi guitarhero,

Thanks for the post. I am in favor of wearing a compression garment for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery. This is to minimize the swelling and help the re-draping of the skin. Every surgeon has their own protocols for compression after surgery and it is something that should be explained prior to surgery. I recommend you contact your surgeon regarding their protocol. Just know too that final results take months and not weeks to achieve.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Compression garment after gynecomastia surgery

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You should wear your garment day and night for the first three weeks, then in the day only for another three. But listen to your surgeon.

The length of time that you need to wear a garment after gynecomastia surgery

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The length of time that you need to wear a garment after gynecomastia surgery depends upon how much work was done and the degree of redundant breast tissue and skin that you have. This is a question best answered by your plastic surgeon.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Results following gynecomastia surgery

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Dear Patient, The post operative change you are experiencing is most likely due to the swelling decreasing. Any skin laxity that you are currently experiencing may improve over time. If it does not improve you may need additional skin tightening treatments such as Thermage. If the excess skin is significant, having it removed surgically may be necessary to obtain the results that you desire.

Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Gynecomastia Results?

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Thank you for the question.

It is not unusual to have a “roller coaster” with swelling and/or  emotions after gynecomastia correction surgery. The use of the garment may continue to be effective. Contained a follow-up with your plastic surgeon for guidance.

Best wishes.

Chest garment

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A compression garment in my opinion helps with swelling and conforming of the tissues to adhere to the skin.  But you should ask your surgeon.

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

Delayed Result

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The compression garment is very important with gynecomastia surgery.  I am sure your surgeon explained.  I would keep it on day and night for a total of 4 to 6 weeks.  The tissue must stick down properly.  The swelling will  go up and down for 2 to 3 months.

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

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