I'm 1 month post gyno surgery, I have two indents in the areola area. Do you think I will need a revision? (Photo)
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One Month After Surgery and Indentations
Your incisions will go through a maturation #process after gynecomastia surgery. 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.
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. It's possible the indentations can be addressed with cosmetic filler(s) if eligible.
Early Post Operative Healing
Thanks for the post and the photo. The indents on the areola are likely due to skin redundancy and could improve with time. Another, less likely cause is scar tethering where the underside of the areola is "stuck" down to the underlying pec muscle. The reason this is less likely is because you have it at exactly the same place on each areola. I would recommend you follow up with your plastic surgeon regarding this as well as your question about boxing. Every surgeon has their own preferences as to when they allow their patients resume strenuous activity.