Swollen Areolas After Liposuction and Nipple Reduction
- Asked by forbsey4 in Laguna, California
- 4 years ago
I am a male who recently had a nipple reduction with liposuction. The doctor did not provide any compression and 5 weeks later, I still have swollen areolas and I look worse than before the surgery. What can I do?
This is really bothering me. I started using a compression vest 4 days after the surgery. Should I continue to wear the vest or is it pointless at this point? I am concerned the streched areolas won't return to their original shape.
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Puffy nipples after surgery.What does it mean?
Give it 6 months and see if the swelling will improve and disappear.If not you probably have residual gynecomastia,glandular tissue that will have to be excised if you want it to be resolved. A board certified plastic/ experienced gynecomastia surgeon should be able to help you. IN WIKIPEDIA GYNECOMASTIA you can get more information.
Swollen Nipples After Gynecomastia Reduction
It is normal to still have nipple swelling 1 month after Gynecomastia Excision.
If it is bothersome, compression is helpful. This can be done with Ace wrap, compression T-shirts (available on the Internet for about $20), or special surgical garments (expensive and no advantage over commercial compression T-shirts).
There is a possibility of persistent tissue excess in the area under the nipple-areola. If that is the case, a touch-up procedure could be done, but I'd recommend allowing 6 months for the swelling to go down and further healing to progress.
Discuss your concerns with your surgeon, and take photographs at about 1- or 2-month intervals to document changes.
Revision gynecomastia correction works.
I am afraid you look like you still have gynecomastia. Compression will not help. Wait four months, and then consider a revision.
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This may have been the wrong operation.
Based on how you stated your question, and your photograph, I infer that preoperatively you only had swelling and/or fullness beneath the nipple/areola complex. This would mean that your degree of gynecomastia was minimal, and likely due to true glandular tissue being present and not just fatty tissue. With over twenty years of doing these procedures, I can tell you truthfully that liposuction alone, without direct excision of the fibrous, firm glandular tissue by your surgeon, will not correct your initial concern. Even when the swelling and scar tissue subside, you will still have the firm tissue beneath this area, minus a small amount of fat, plus a small amount of scar tissue = not much change. Compression helps with swelling or scar tissue, and is certainly appropriate and non-harmful, but compression will not get rid of the tissue that SHOULD have been removed by direct excision with blade and/or scissors. Liposuction all too often makes a minimal degree of improvement in patients with mostly glandular gynecomastia, and really works well only in patients who have mostly fatty "man-boobs," usually from being overweight. Mixed glandular/fatty gynecomastia requires a combination of direct excision plus liposuction techniques. BTW, ultrasonic or laser-assisted lipo may remove a bit more gynecomastia tissue, but still leaves the fibrous, glandular breast tissue and a less-than-happy patient.
Swollen nipples after liposuction
After liposuction for the correction of gynecomastia, it is common to have significant swelling. Your body is currently healing and tissue needs to settle. It is extremely important to use a compressive garment after liposuction. This garment allows these swelling to subside quickly and also allows the skin to stick to the underlying muscle in a nice smooth fashion.
Swelling after Gynecomastia surgery
It is not unusual to have swelling after liposuction. Continue to wear your compression garment for several weeks. Give your body time to heal - you will see results soon.
Swollen areola after liposuction
Perisistent swelling from liposuction can occur for several months after the liposuction procedure. You have to give some more time for the swelling to subside.
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This can occur for some time after surgery. Light compression can be useful and I often have people covert from the uncomfortable restrictive post op garments to spandex type "under armor" shirts for up to 3 weeks after surgery.
Manual lymphatic drainage, as mentioned, may be beneficial as well.
Give this at least 3 months
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It is still time for compression and massage
It is still time for compression, lymphatic massage. It is always good to discuss the concerns with your surgeon. It will get better with time.
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It's not uncommon to have excessive swelling following this procedure. It can last 6 months or even longer, especially if you are going to the gym. I would reccomend a compression vest and lymphatic massage after discussing it with your surgeon. I am a big fan of compression garments especially during exercise. A tight fitting under armour shirt might help at the gym, then swtitch to your compression garment when you are done.
It's too early to tell about the size of the areola...give it time.
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