“Mondor’s” sounds terrible, but it is actually a benign and self-limiting condition that can appear after gynecomastia procedures. The superficial veins of the chest area become inflamed, forming cords that are painful and restrict the movement of your upper arms. In most cases, these cords of veins can be seen and felt.
From my observations, patients who have Mondor’s usually have more inflammation and swelling of the chest area in general. About 10-15 percent of my patients may experience this condition after surgery.
We don’t know what exactly causes the problem, whether it is the surgery itself or the post-operative garments that are used afterwards. It’s hard to know for sure, but it’s likely both.
The best treatment is to take anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications, like Motrin or Aleve, with food, 3 times a day for 10 days. Relief is usually immediate: the inflammation subsides and your range of motion improves. Even if you don’t take the medications the condition will go away by itself.
If you experience pain and discomfort when you elevate your arms above your head and if you can see or feel cords under the skin, particularly in your armpit, you likely have the condition. It’s nice to know that it will not hurt your results and will go away after one week.