6 days post op, having pain specified to my left side. Does the incision site raise any concern? (photos)

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Asymmetric breast pain after surgery

Hey Cheese, I think your concerns are warranted as the left breast has heavier bruising, appears fuller and has a puckered scar, consistent with a haematoma. I would recommend contacting your surgeon to organise an appointment. Sometimes the bruising has occurred diffusely throughout your chest skin, and there is not much that can be done except to wait for your body to heal. If there is a pocket of blood or fluid, then this can be drained (quite comfortably without an anaesthetic using a needle). While doing something about your appearance and pain is not urgent, your symptoms are something your surgeon would definitely want to know about.


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Asymmetric breast pain after surgery

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Hey Cheese, I think your concerns are warranted as the left breast has heavier bruising, appears fuller and has a puckered scar, consistent with a haematoma. I would recommend contacting your surgeon to organise an appointment. Sometimes the bruising has occurred diffusely throughout your chest skin, and there is not much that can be done except to wait for your body to heal. If there is a pocket of blood or fluid, then this can be drained (quite comfortably without an anaesthetic using a needle). While doing something about your appearance and pain is not urgent, your symptoms are something your surgeon would definitely want to know about.

6 Days Post Op Pain and Incision Concerns

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.

6 Days Post Op Pain and Incision Concerns

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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.

Gynecomastia

Thanks for the photo.  You may have an infection of hematoma (or both).  Or, may just be asymmetric swelling. However, you should see your doc or medical provider asap.

Gynecomastia

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Thanks for the photo.  You may have an infection of hematoma (or both).  Or, may just be asymmetric swelling. However, you should see your doc or medical provider asap.

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