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.
Even with a good exam, it is probably difficult to say exactly what this fullness represents. It is probably too early for scar tissue, so therefore it is likely swelling or a small collection of fluid. Your plastic surgeon is the best person to assess this. Probably no intervention is needed, and you just have to wait for the expected swelling to subside.
Thank you very much for your question.
Your doctor is probably correct, swelling or scar tissue. Scar develops wherever there is surgical work done, so even though the incision is small, scar tissue will develop under the entire chest if that's where surgery was done. You may get even more firmness in the next few weeks as scar tissue builds, before it finally settles down again. I would continue to follow along with your surgeon closely, and follow their recommendations.
If you chest continues to swell, I would contact your surgeon for a more urgent evaluation.
Congratulations on having undergone the gynecomastia surgery. Although your concerns are understandable, it is most likely that your plastic surgeon is correct; early on after surgery the "lump" you are feeling is related to swelling and inflammation that's occurs after any surgical procedure. It may take several weeks/months for the swelling to dissipate and for you to see the final outcome of the procedure performed.
I would suggest that you continue to be patient and continue close/ frequent follow-up with your plastic surgeon. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with longer-term.
It is very early in your postoperative recovery. This is swelling and inflammation as your surgeon suggested. Right after surgery is an accurate assessment of how things look and then I often say, "all hell breaks loose" as swelling and inflammation occurs. Take a deep breathe because over the next few weeks things will get harder and more lumpy as the tissue heals and forms fibrosis or scar tissue. This continues until about 8 weeks and then tissues will begin to soften. Keep your postoperative visits with your board certified plastic surgeon as this will help to reassure you that you're progressing as you should be. Hang in there, healing takes time.