I had gynecomastia surgery 3 weeks ago. The right side of my chest was much more swolen after the surgery than the left. I have had fluid removed twice since then on the right side. Both sides are now the same size but the right side feels very soft and liquidy. My Doctor says this is normal and that it will get better but I am worried that the right side will remain soft and jiggly or wind up smaller than the left once the fluid goes away. Any thoughts?
Liquidy Feeling in One Side of Chest 3 Weeks Post Surgery, What Could be Causing this?
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Possible Fluid Build-Up on One Side of Chest 3 Weeks Post Op
A collection of fluid under the skin occurs occasionally during the postoperative period. Aspiration of the fluid with a needle is frequently helpful. Secondary surgery is rarely necessary. 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.
Asymmetric Swelling after Gynecomastia Surgery?
Thank you for the question.
I'm glad that you are following closely with your plastic surgeon. If the “liquidy feeling” is a recurrent seroma then repeat aspiration will be necessary. If the sensation is caused by relatively loose skin then time will be necessary for the skin to bounce back.
In the meantime, I would suggest that you refrain from unnecessary “worry” (since this does not help), allow time for skin contraction, and continue close folow up with your plastic surgeon.
Seroma in chest
It sounds like you may have had a seroma. Often draining the fluid will suffice, but it has to be watched very carefully.