Question - a male thing

I had my PM implanted almost seven weeks age. I have a lot of hair on my chest and it was shaved off prior to surgery. The EP made a very clean incision and sewed it up nicely. During the past several days, small little lumps have been developing along that nice incision and I suspect the hair that was tucked under the skin may be trying to erupt to the surface. Have any of the male club members had a similar problem? Does the hair work to the surface without causing a problem or does the lump rupture and a a sore develop as the hair surfaces?? If sores develop, should I put an antibiotic cream on them till they heal?? Don't want to go to/or call MD unless necessary.


Ingrown Hair

by Surferman - 2007-04-24 05:04:01

Thanks, Susan for taking the time to respond to my question. They are like big pimples and I suspect they may be ingrown, trying to grow out. I've had such a great experience with the surgery and recovery that I'd hate to get an infection on the surface of the incision. I will watch it and put antibiotic cream if the pimples open up and then call the MD. Maybe there's enough scar tissue under the pimples that it won't be too hard to clear up any infection. Thanks, again. Surferman


by hooimom - 2007-04-24 08:04:23

Hi Surferman,
I am certainly not male, but my nice incision started getting bumpy, itchy and was still a little sore and then it stayed pink. I have a keiloid (spelling?) scar. I don't know if this sounds like your problem or not!

My EP said I could put Mederma cream on it and it might reduce some of the bumpiness and pink color. Don't use the cream if you are allergic to onions, since it is made from onioin skin. The cream made me itch, so I quit using it so I can't say if it really works or not.

Good luck!

Keiloid Scar???

by Surferman - 2007-04-24 11:04:15

Hooimon, I don't know what kind of scar I have. The surgeon stitched it up nicely; it looked very neat. The stitches were the kind that dissolved in 7 days; is that what a keiloid scar is??? Surferman


by hooimom - 2007-04-28 10:04:51

Hey Surferman,

Sorry it took me a few days to get back with you. Work is crazy right now.

A keloid is a scar that gets bumpy, red and a little shiny (at least that is what mine did). It was itchy to begin with and still can get itchy from time to time. My site is raised and red in some sections and normal in others. My EP said my site looks wonderful at my 6 month check up last month so she is happy with it. It doesn't really bother me anymore, but did at first.

My incision was glued shut with no stitches (the only way to go).

I don't know if any of this helps you. Is your site getting better?


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