Its been a week after my surgery for gynecomastia . After 5 days the nipples got puffy again it used to before. Any suggestion?

Its been a week after my surgery for gynecomastia . After 5 days the nipples got puffy again it used to before . Is it normal that they usually does .The surgeon has said that they will come down as the time passes .How long does it takes to see the complete result .

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What to Expect after Gynecomastia Surgery

Following #Gynecomastia #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.

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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Swelling of the areola for many weeks after gynecomastia is the rule not the exception.

From your description it sounds like a fairly common course of convalescence. Certainly if you have concerns you should visit your plastic surgeon.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Puffy nipples

Yes, it is normal for swelling to develop after surgery and this is likely the reason why your nipples appear puffy.  It may take 6 weeks or longer for all the swelling to subside.  Hope that helps!

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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