Why do my nipples look full only after a bath?

I recently had a gynecomastia surgery. My nipples look flat before a bath. The middle part of the nipple goes in completely. But after a bath it becomes full. It also becomes full when i touch it repeatedly. Is this a serious issue? Plz explain what should i do

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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.

Why do my nipples look full only after a bath?

Thank you for your question.

This is the response of Myo-epithelial cells in the nipple - areola complex to cold water. It is quite common but becomes more noticeable when some of the glands and breast tissue have been removed. It is not a serious issue. 

All The Best !
Ajaya Kashyap, MD
Ajaya Kashyap, MD
India Plastic Surgeon
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Why do my nipples look full only after a bath?

The nipple projection is all related to the tightness of the ducts from the breast tissue and how much scar has formed. I would check with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon as follow his / her instructions carefully and completely.

Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Suregry
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
26 reviews

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