How can I help myself recover quick from male breast reduction surgery? (Photo)
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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.
Gynecomastia Surgery Healing
Thanks for the post. Rarely do both sides heal at the same rate. However, if there is a question of a fluid collection, then I recommend being seen by your plastic surgeon to evaluate this. Until your surgeon comes back from vacation, I recommend that you wear a compression vest and not be too active with your left arm and chest, in the case it is a fluid collection too much activity can exacerbate this. Ice packs, hot packs, and hydration status won't do anything if it is a fluid collection.
Male breast reduction
I think it is quite important to wear good compression garments for 4 weeks after the surgery and limit physical activity for that time period as well. Especially not running, since this bounces the breasts somewhat, and no heavy lifting or working overhead.
If there is just some fluid, it will be absorbed by your body, without any problems. If there is enough fluid to form an undulation (like a wave) that runs across the area when you push on one side, then you should have it removed by aspiration. As long as you are feeling o.k. and there is little pain and the area is not red or hot, this does not have to be done on an emergency basis. If your surgeon returns within a week or so, it should not be a problem to wait.
All the best to you!
Wolf-Gunter N. Steinmetz, M.D.
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