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4 weeks Post Op – Top Surgery FTM

March 19, 2010

Okay so now that my seroma has been drained (which was indeed painless) things are looking better. I feel like it’s taking forever to heal, but apparently it’s actually all looking good according to my surgeon, Dr. Fischer (Timonium, MD).

Scroll down for photos from Week 4 Post Op– Note photos are graphic in nature and not appropriate for viewing in public spaces. Might be gross and make you queasy… View at your own risk.

The soreness under my arms is getting better…. slowly. The swelling has gone down a LOT. Thank goodness. My chest is starting to look a bit more like a guys chest now, which is a HUGE relief. I was worried it was just going to look like a freaky flat chested girl, with saggy flat boob skin.

I started to work out a bit (mainly elliptical machine to get some cardio which is probably good for my circulation), but I couldn’t resists stretching my arms a little bit which I really should NOT have done! I stretched my arms too much and caused a little tear in the scab (it doesn’t hurt because it’s numb so I didn’t even notice until a couple hours later when showering), now I am concerned I created a little hole at the edge of the nipple, where the scab and the areola meet. It’s not good. I used a butterfly bandage to pull that seam together, hoping it will heal up and not open up into a major problem. Yikes.

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24 days post op

24 days post op - Free Nipple Grafts

24 days post op

24 days post op

24 days post op

24 days post op

Photos of Top Surgery at Two Weeks

March 19, 2010

The healing is coming along slowly but surely..

Scroll down for photos. Note the photos are pretty graphic, and may not be suitable for viewing in public spaces.

My biggest issue is the binder (compression vest) does not fit well. I am told I have to wear this for at least 3 weeks, and maybe up to 6 weeks. Ugh…

I am 6ft tall and the nurse intentionally fit me with a size SMALL, so that it would be nice and snug and compress my chest well post surgery, keeping my nipple grafts under pressure is important so they heal properly.

I don’t mind it being tight around my chest, but the arm holes are not big enough to accommodate my shoulders. It’s cutting into my skin under my arms. So my underarm area is quite sore and feeling bruised. This bruising could be partially from surgery, but the vest is really making it worse. Lymph nodes are super sensitive and inflamed (feel like they are popping out). I am told that is normal for several weeks, as the lymph nodes are doing their job and working to fight infection.

I cut the arm holes a bit to lessen the ache. I also bought a roll of “absorbent” cotton from the pharmacy, which I use as padding in that area. It’s really soft and helps a lot. I recommend using this in any sore areas you might have relating to the compression vest/binder.

I currently have a “seroma” on my right side, which is where serum (not blood but a clear fluid) that is building up under my right pec. Note the saggy area. I am going to have this aspirated tomorrow. When they aspirate it, the Dr sticks a fine needle¬† into the area with the fluid and draws out the fluid into a syringe to drain it. Apparently it doesn’t actually hurt much… which is probably because my chest is still pretty numb at this point.

The sensation in my chest is pretty absent all around my pectoral muscle area. The numbness extends in about a 7 inch radius around (and including) my areola and nipples.

Nipples look pretty scary with all that black scabbing, but that is normal. The scabbing will slowly dissipate and reveal fresh pink skin underneath… if all goes according to plan. I have been warned NOT TO PICK… so I am not picking it AT ALL… actually I have no desire to pick. I just put some antibiotic ointment on them and put non-stick gauze like pads on them and then the cotton padding, and the compression vest/binder.

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The Seroma - Yucky