Does swelling gradually increase after gynecomastia surgery?
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Swelling a Month After Gynecomastia Surgery
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.
Thank you for your question.
It is difficult to determine as swelling may last several months. I'd recommend booking a follow-up appointment with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your concerns.
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In the average case, pain is tolerable and requires medication for the first 3-4 days, sutures are usually absorbable. Patients can typically return to desk work within 3-4 days as well as driving when off pain medications. Compression garments are worn for about 3 weeks. low impact activities can resume at 2-3 weeks with gentle upper extremity progressive resistance exercises commencing at 3 weeks up to 6 weeks.
If you were pleased with the immediate post-operative result it is very likely that you will achieve this result over the long term if you maintain your weight. Wait at least 6 months prior to assessing the results. For more information you should contact your original plastic surgeons office & let them know about any further concerns you have. Hope this helps!
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