If you’re thinking of getting gynecomastia surgery, it’s always good to know what to expect following the procedure. This way there will be no surprises, which will decrease your chances of feeling anxious over the recovery.
It can take approximately 9 months before you see the full results from your surgery. Some people see results much sooner, while for others it can take up to a year.
This means that you should not become concerned if after a month or so, you still see enlarged breasts. As time progresses, you will slowly see your chest shrink to the size that it once was before gynecomastia onset.
Lumps – What They Are and What to Do About Them
A common occurrence after gynecomastia surgery are lumps around the nipples. These can be hard and tender to the touch. This is scar tissue. Many people find relief from it by having massaging the area. Always ask your doctor for clearance before doing this so you can understand the proper technique.
You can do this yourself with some lotion. Be sure to use a lotion you have used before, so you know you’re not allergic to it. Use two fingers and gently massage the lumps in a circular motion.
Do not massage too long or using too much pressure because that could cause inflammation to the area, which will make matters worse. Massaging once a day should help soften the lumps.
Massage can help soften the tissue, but if left untouched, they usually go away on their own. The body is an amazing machine, and as it recovers from surgery, it will break up the scar tissue and get rid of it.
When to Call Your Plastic Surgeon
For some people, the scar tissue can become inflamed and start to cause pain. This is normal, but it warrants a follow up to the plastic surgeon to make sure there isn't something more serious going on.
A visit will ensure recovery is progressing well and there isn’t another underlying issue causing the inflammation (such as infection, seroma, or hematoma).
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*This page does not communicate the full list of complete risks and potential complications from this surgery. To receive a list of post-op risks & complications, please contact our office. There may be additional instructions and warnings for the procedure you have had done. Please be sure to get this complete list from our staff and do not rely solely on the information provided on this page.