Author Topic: Necrosis of Areola?  (Read 115 times)

Offline ajajajaj

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I am 7 days post-op from gland excision and lipo for gynecomastia. I am worried not about the suture that opened prematurely but about the dark skin around the areola where the sutures are added.

Contacting my PS for this as well, but would love another opinion. Could this be early stages of Necrosis? If so, what is the usual plan of action for this?


Offline Dr. Elliot Jacobs

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Some darkening of the lower half of the areola is not uncommon and is not necrosis.  Best to keep the entire area moisturized with antibiotic ointment.  Frequently, the darkened skin may peel off (like a bad sunburn) leaving fresh pink skin underneath.

Best to discuss this with your surgeon.

Relax -- it should be just fine!

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