I had a male breast reduction lipo done on the 7th of August. I'm starting to feel slight pain.

The swelling gets worse on some days. Also i feel slight pain when touching the chest area. Is this normal? Im a plumber by trade so am lifting heavy items. Does this affect recovery? Thanks

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Healing & Recovery After Male Breast Reduction

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.

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Generally, pain should be gone by this time.  Perhaps you are jumping into strenuous activity too quickly.  Be sure to follow up with your doctor just to be safe, but my guess is pain will subside with light duty.

Tim Neavin, MD
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I had a male breast reduction lipo done on the 7th of August. I'm starting to feel slight pain.

Thank you for your question.  By 3.5 months your symptoms should have largely resolved since surgery.  You may have intermittent symptoms but if there has been a noticeable change to your chest appearance or worsening pain it would be best to see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment.  They can make recommendations for improvement while providing you with reassurance.  Hope this helps. 

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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