A line of depression across my lower right chest below the areola. I'm almost 4 weeks post op. What are my options? (Photo)
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A line of depression across my lower right chest below the areola. I'm almost 4 weeks post op. What are my options?
Fat injection is a surgical procedure and, like any procedure, has potential risks/complications associated with it.
Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.
Healing & Recovery After Male Breast Reduction
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.
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.
Fat grafting to correct is best option
Any contour defects can be filled effectively with Fat grafting. This is a dynamic technique in which fat is taken from other areas of the body by small incisions. The fat is then centrifuged to remove the water and oil. Thereafter it is placed into the breast through small incisions.
The fat which is placed will be absorbed in part, but a significant portion will stay long term. It is very useful for correction of post-liposuction deformities which persist or are significant.
Fat grafting in my practice is a general anaesthetic but recovery from the procedure tends to be speedy.
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