Massage After Gynecomastia Surgery
Scarring can be very unpredictable, and no two patients will heal the same. As the body recovers after gynecomastia surgery, there will be scar tissue forming both internally and externally. Sometimes the scar tissue may feel lumpy, and some men are fearful their man boobs are returning. This scar tissue is not breast tissue and will not affect the overall appearance.
Scar tissue will not disappear if it is massaged, but there are benefits to be gained, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has his patients start a gentle massage after about 3 weeks as long as it is not painful. To start massaging before then may cause unwanted swelling.
The skin may feel hypersensitive as healing takes place and sensation starts to return. Massage may reduce the sensitivity. In addition, massaging can help the body get rid of pockets of fluid and reduce swelling. Massage may help internal scarring to be looser and more flexible. Massaging external scars with a lubricant may prevent scars from cracking and drying out.
If you are instructed to start massaging, the way to do it is; raise one arm over your head, take the three middle fingers of the opposite hand and gently use a circular motion on areas that feel firm. Gradually increase the intensity, but not to the point that it hurts. Massage for about 5 minutes on each side two times a day.
It isn’t possible to avoid scar formation after surgical procedures. However, there are treatment options available to reduce scar tissue such as; steroid injections, or even a minor scar revision surgery.
Do not attempt massaging your chest unless directed by your surgeon.
For additional information for any gynecomastia concerns, call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D.