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Can I play contact sports after surgery?

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Can I play contact sports after surgery?
« on: July 02, 2009, 05:35:59 PM »
Hi, I'm seriously considering surgery and I was just wondering how strong will the nipple area be when I have recovered from surgery. Will I be able to take blows to the chest or will the nipple area always be weaker than before the surgery? Also what are the chances of me having full sensation of my chest area after the surgery? I am 20 years old if anyones wondering. Thanks

-Also for a totally different question regarding surgery results, why is the areola pinker with guys with gynecomastia and does it change colour after surgery?

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Re: Can I play contact sports after surgery?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2009, 02:39:43 PM »
i was told wait 6 weeks. I am now 8 weeks out today and i have been playing for the past 2 weeks. It hurts to get hit in the chest when playing basketball, but hey at least i have less gyne to worry about :)

Re: Can I play contact sports after surgery?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2009, 06:28:19 PM »
While I usually recommend 3-4 weeks after surgery before resuming exercise, I would strongly recommend at least 8 weeks or more before beginning contact sports.  A direct blow to the chest prematurely healing can un-do lots of your own healing.

Once you are fully healed, the chest will be as sturdy as if no surgery had been performed. 

As for nipple color, after gyne surgery, the skin will shrink and nipples will diminish in their diameter.  The pigment in the areola will therefore be more concentrated and hence darker in color.  Check out any pre/post photos -- the areolas will always be a shade darker after surgery.

Dr Jacobs
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