I had mild gynecomastia surgery August 19th 2015. It's been almost two months, still puffy. (Photo)
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What to Expect Post 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. 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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Thanks for the post and photo. At two months you are not going to be at your final result. That being said, a lot depends on how you're healing has progressed. There are several things that could cause puffiness of the areolas after surgery:
1) residual gland tissue
2) formation of scar tissue
3) persistent swelling or fluid collection
4) incomplete areola skin tightening after surgery.
An in person exam is needed to differentiate these. Compression at this time won't have as much of an effect as it would right after surgery. The scars do tend to fade with time and can take upwards of 1.5 years to get to the final color.
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