How long will it take for nipples to shrink after gynecomastia surgery. (photo)

3 months post op and my nipples are not shrinking in size. Also they become concave when i raise my arms.

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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.

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.  In the future, any #indentations may be addressed with fat #grafting or #cosmetic #fillers if you are  deemed a good fit.If you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.


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Nipple decreasing in size after gynecomastia

It may take up to one year for your tissues to shrink down following gynecomastia. VIORA Reaction is a radiofrequency that can help you get shrinkage quicker if you are impatient.

Arian Mowlavi, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Areola

Thank you for your question and having the area around the areola go concave on raising the arms is normal following gynecomastia excision and the areola similarly usually shrinks after surgery.  Bring your concerns to your surgeon

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How long will it take for nipples to shrink after gynecomastia surgery?

I'm sorry to hear ou are having concerns with your surgery.  Nipples may or may not shrink after gynecomastia surgery.  In most cases, most of the swelling will have subsided by 3 to 4 months.  If you are having issues with your contour following the procedure, let your surgeon know.  They may be able to offer suggestions in your individual case.  Best wishes, Dr. Lepore.

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