Bruising and Swelling After Surgery and Your Final Shape


Understandably, most FTM and FTN chest surgery patients are anxious to see the final results of their procedure. By closely following post-surgical instructions, you can certainly speed up the recovery process, but you won’t be able to avoid it completely.


A healthy recovery takes time and specialized care. Though you should be able to resume many of your normal daily routines within 7-9 days, the final appearance of your chest may not be visible for several months.


Bruising and Swelling During Recovery

Post-surgical bruising and swelling are a normal part of the recovery process, and they will initially obscure the final results of your procedure. Swelling and bruising usually peak within 48 hours of surgery and will remain for an additional 2 to 3 weeks. In some cases it can take up to six months before all traces of swelling have completely resolved.


There are several ways to reduce the effects of bruising and swelling. We will provide you with a special compression garment which should be worn at all times during recovery – up to 6 weeks depending on your surgeons recommendations.


Other ways to reduce post-surgical bruising and swelling include:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Eat a healthy, low-sodium based diet
  • Get plenty of rest and gradually ease into daily physical activities
  • Avoid medications that may interfere with the recovery process. You should let our team know about any medications or supplements you are taking during your consultation.


FTM and FTN Chest Reconstruction Final Results

The final results of FTM/N chest surgery will greatly depend on the techniques used during your procedure. The Keyhole technique removes less tissue and no skin from the chest, which can make the final results of your procedure less predictable. Your final chest contour may not be visible for several months.


In contrast, the Double Incision method removes more skin and tissue, and also allows your surgeon to resize and reposition your nipples, thus giving him more control over your final appearance. The results from the Double Incision method will be more readily visible immediately after surgery, but it will still be another several months before final results are apparent.


Permanent Scarring

Every patient is different, but permanent scarring is an inevitable consequence of FTM/N chest surgery. Initially, your scars will appear raised and discolored. They will gradually fade and flatten over the course of 12 to 18 months.


The size and shape of your scars will depend on the techniques used during your chest surgery as well as your body’s natural inclination towards scarring. Our team will discuss scar placement with you during your consultation.


Expectations, Satisfaction and Final Results

FTM/N chest surgery can enhance your body confidence by creating a more contoured, male-looking chest, but it won’t transform your looks to match your ideal body type. Before you choose to undergo surgery, you should think carefully about your expectations and discuss them frankly with your surgeon.

The final results will be significant and permanent. As long as your expectations are realistic, it’s likely that you’ll be very satisfied with the final results of FTM/N chest surgery.