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When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?

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When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« on: January 28, 2009, 12:25:34 PM »
I am 4 weeks post-op and have developed significant hard lumps (internal scar tissue).  I know it can take up to to a year, but did anyone have it begin going away within a month or two?  Or does it typically get worse and worse until many months have passed at which point it begins to break down?  Thanks.

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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 10:33:44 PM »
Mine is extremely stubborn and just started (i think) to break up a VERY little bit. I'm 8 months post-op.  Yes...it sucks.

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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 05:24:27 AM »
Mine is extremely stubborn and just started (i think) to break up a VERY little bit. I'm 8 months post-op.  Yes...it sucks.

sure that it's scar tissue??

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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 10:22:54 AM »
I am 4 weeks post-op and have developed significant hard lumps (internal scar tissue).  I know it can take up to to a year, but did anyone have it begin going away within a month or two?  Or does it typically get worse and worse until many months have passed at which point it begins to break down?  Thanks.

Yes, I have had many patients telling me that their scars were improving that fast.  The body heals injured tissues with scars.  The injury is not just the skin on the surface, but the entire sculpted region.  The nature of the scar depends on the problem to be treated, skill of the surgeon, what was done, Scar Care, after surgery care, After Surgery Compression Garments, and other factors.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 09:52:42 AM »
Thanks Dr. Bermant and everyone.  Is letting the water during a hot shower useful or counterproductive in helping to reduce the scar tissue?

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 11:44:15 PM »
Mine is extremely stubborn and just started (i think) to break up a VERY little bit. I'm 8 months post-op.  Yes...it sucks.

sure that it's scar tissue??

Oh yes. Scar tissue feels different than gland does. 

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009, 08:32:35 PM »
Im 3 weeks post op, developed lots of scar tissue on my right side, and a nice bunch on my left...its not too extreme but it makes my right side look like a minor case of man boobs but nothing noticeable
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DrBermant

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2009, 08:42:45 PM »
Mine is extremely stubborn and just started (i think) to break up a VERY little bit. I'm 8 months post-op.  Yes...it sucks.

sure that it's scar tissue??

Oh yes. Scar tissue feels different than gland does. 

Actually scar tissue can feel just like gland.  It can even look the same to the naked eye as you cut into it!  Scar and gland can blend together under the microscope on revision cases I have examined with the pathologists.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 04:29:35 AM »
that's interesting!
so, in fact, we are not able to say if the doc left too much gland or if it's just scar tissue.

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DrBermant

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 07:52:13 AM »
that's interesting!
so, in fact, we are not able to say if the doc left too much gland or if it's just scar tissue.

Both excessive scar and residual gland can deform the chest.  That is why I target gland first with my Dynamic Technique for Gynecomastia Surgery and stress After Surgery Scar Care for my patients.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 11:40:45 AM »
Does massage help with the reduction of scar tissue? If so, should the massage be soft or vigorous?

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DrBermant

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 02:39:46 PM »
Does massage help with the reduction of scar tissue? If so, should the massage be soft or vigorous?

I prefer to individualize the scar care for each of my patients and we typically start out with gentle progressing to firmer massaging.  Such questions are best directed towards your doctor or someone familiar to your specific situation.  The wrong type of aftercare can mess up healing wounds.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 03:51:22 PM »
one week post op!! i am not looking forward to this!  :-\

Re: When did your scar tissue BEGIN to disappear?
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2009, 05:29:28 PM »
I'm one week post op too with Dr. Karidis. My chest still feels numb and hard and my right nipple seems to have developed a fold in it which is worrying. I'm sure it will sort itself it though given time and massage.
Anyone any advice or comments?

Cheers

Postop Boy