One thing I discovered after surgery, is that “bad” pictures of top surgery recovery are hard to come by, if nonexistent. In total, I found two men who had (outside of any locked social media group) been willing to document their recovery from top surgery. Because of this, I am going to share with you pictures from my recovery.
My recovery has been difficult and the photographs you are about to view are explicit in their depiction of the complications. Viewing of the photographs occurs at your own risk. You may keep the photographs for reference or to discuss with your own surgeon – please do not share on-line or in groups without my permission.
Upper left corner, pre-operative, 18 months on testosterone. Both hormones and taping reduced my breast size some.
To the right, about 9 hours after surgery, with a circle to mark internal bleeding that was corrected.
Bottom left corner; two days after surgery. Internal bleeding, was rushed back to the hospital.
The bleeding was corrected and the nipple (removed to let the blood drain) reattached. The first four nights, I was kept under observation in the hospital, and had a mild temperature (38,5-39 C or 102,20F). My temperature went up and down within that range for about a week.
In the second week, the wound started oozing fluid as seen in the first picture (below). The surgeon asked me to remove the dressings (a haunting task). My left side was looking normal. In the pictures below these, you can see how the stitches eventually broke, leaving a gash between my nipple and surrounding skin.
I was told to shower shortly everyday and rinse the fluid from the nipple. Then, I´d cover it with a special non-stick gauze pad, given to me by the surgeon. At this point I was frightened that the nipple would either die off or come off – and my anxiety was quite bad. Looking at it or touching it made me feel messed up.
The nipple did not die nor fall off (thank God), but instead started filling with new, healthy tissue as seen in the picture (left) above. Tearing loose did cause the nipple to slouch, which has caused the nipples to be different shapes. I am thinking of having it corrected through medical tattooing.