I Month Post Gynecomastia, Nipples are Depressed, Will this Subside?

I'm 1mo post gynecomastia surgery. my nipples are depressed. will this subside? I'm 30 years old and very active. The tissue directly under my nipple is still hard; and yield enough skin to where I can grab a bit of it. Im panicking probably...and im pretty sure im being impatient. Just wanted a professionals perspective on ththe matter anyway.

Doctor Answers 7

Nipple Depression After Gynecomastia Reduction

It is still early after surgery so the final shape of the chest and the nipples has not yet been achieved. However, seeing nipple inversion or depression at this point may be a sign of too much breast tissue being removed directly under the nipple. I would much rather see a little nipple puffiness at this point as opposed to any indentation. I would wait a full three months or until the tissues feel soft again before regarding it as the final result.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple depression after gynecomastia correction

What you are describing does occur to some patients after gynecomastia surgery, I advise patience. Wait until the swelling has gone down before evaluating the shape of the nipples as you may see changes ahead.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Nipples Depressed 1 Month Post Op

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. 

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. 

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia Surgery Results?

Thank you for the question.

I agree with you that you are being a little impatient;  it is too early to see the final results of the procedure. I would suggest continued follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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I Month Post Gynecomastia, Nipples are Depressed, Will this Subside?

Very hard to advise via internet. Best to obtain in person second opinions. Either it is residual swelling or tissue not removed. Again very hard to be accurate over the internet. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op gynecomastia

At one month you  may be experiencing some sequelae of swelling. It also can be a side effect of too much tissue removd from under the nipple.  Hard to say without an exam.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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There is still some swelling, that could be the cause. Wait another 1-2 months, if it is still depressed then consult a board certified plastic surgeon (american board of plastic surgery)

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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