One week post op gynecomastia surgery. My surgery looks awful, has dents, and irregularities. (Photo)
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One Week Post Op and Concerned
It's very early in your recovery from gynecomastia surgery. 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.
Following 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.
In the future, if you are still experiencing your crater concern, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff. They may possibly be able to address the issue with fat grafting or cosmetic fillers if you are a good fit.
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It is much too early to see someone else
it can be quite amazing, how with time, problems resolve. definitely at one week, there is swelling
and bruising that will often be different from side to side.
try not to worry and look at it too often or you will drive yourself nuts.
i think it is very premature to see another surgeon for a second opinion since
if he/she is ethical, they will tell you to wait a few months before considering
doing anything else.
hang in there.
david berman md
Dents Post Op
Breast appearance one week post gynecomastia surgery
Sorry for your concerns but it is much too early to evaluate the results of your surgery. It is common and normal to see irregularities in the contours during the early post op course. You can rest assured that the appearance will improve with time. In general you would want to wait up to 6 months before considering a revision or touch up surgery to improve the appearance. It is definitely much to early to seek another plastic surgeon.
Good luck and I hope everything turns out well for you.