What causes this sudden swelling? (photo)

Hello, I had gyno surgery and minor lipo 17 days ago. At my 2 week mark I was massaging and all of a sudden my right nipple/incision area swelled up significantly in a matter of seconds. It felt like a golf ball behind my nipple. clinic said its not a fluid buildup, but just spontaneous swelling, as if I was massaging too aggressively. Since then the swelling as gone down. I was wondering what actually went on in there? Could there have been damage to the internal suture? Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Swelling after gynecomastia surgery

 Swelling after surgery can be consistent or spontaneous for up to nine weeks. Considering yours happened after massaging it is likely that a pocket of blood was disturbed and less likely that you caused permanent damage to the area. It is good to hear that the swelling has gone down, but if it persists at all or you have more concerns, it is best to have your surgeon examine you for  proper evaluation 

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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What causes this sudden swelling?

I am sorry about the setback you experience; based on your description, is most likely that you had some bleeding associated with the aggressive massage.   Fortunately, it sounds like the fluid accumulation it is resorbing.  Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after gynecomastia

The sequence you explain makes it seem like this is probably a small hematoma, or collection of blood. This could grow to large proportions, but it sounds like yours is fairly small. When their large, we usually drain them to avoid slow healing. When they're small, they will often resolve on their own. Sometimes they can be trained with a needle when it turns into more of a liquid. You should definitely see your plastic surgeon so he can evaluate the situation and give you guidance.

Ira H. Rex lll, MD
Fall River Plastic Surgeon
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