After undergoing gynecomastia treatment, understanding the recovery period from this cosmetic surgery is essential for a smooth and successful outcome. Whether you’re considering gynecomastia surgery or have recently undergone the procedure, we’ll shed some light on gynecomastia surgery recovery time and empower you with essential knowledge of what to expect along your journey.
What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery, is an outpatient procedure designed to reduce enlarged or overdeveloped breasts in men. Gynecomastia can result from hormonal imbalance, genetics, obesity, or certain medications. The condition can cause physical discomfort, self-consciousness, and emotional distress.
A gynecomastia breast surgery involves removing excess glandular tissue, fat, and excess skin to achieve a flatter, firmer, and more masculine chest contour.
The cosmetic surgery approach may vary depending on the severity of the gynecomastia and the patient’s unique anatomy.
Liposuction techniques with small incisions and the insertion of a thin tube or cannula are commonly used to remove excess fat, while excision techniques are applied to eliminate glandular tissue and tighten the excess skin.
What Happens Before Gynecomastia Surgery?
Prior to male breast reduction surgery, you will have an initial consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Galanis. All patients will be able to discuss all of their specific concerns and it can be determined if medical attention is necessary. Here is a brief list of what will be discussed during your visit:
- Medical History and general health check
- Assessment of your Gynecomastia Symptoms
- Physical Examination
- Discuss your Aesthetic Goals and realistic expectations
- Treatment Options will be presented
- Gynecomastia Surgery and Anesthesia Options will be discussed
- Overview of the Recovery Guidelines
- Cost and Financing of Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia Recovery Process
The recovery time for your healing process will involve several different stages. Certain circumstances may cause some patients to encounter a few more weeks of downtime than with a typical procedure. To promote healing, you will be given a list of specific instructions to follow for the first few weeks. Here is a general recovery timeline so you know what to expect.
2-3 Days Post Gynecomastia
During your first few days after plastic surgery, most patients generally will feel moderate pain with some swelling and bruising along with tightness in the chest area. Your may find some comfort if you apply ice packs to the treated area, and your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain killers if it is necessary to manage discomfort in the breast area.
Rest and avoiding all physically demanding activity is really important to heal quickly. You will be asked to wear a compression or support garment to help minimize swelling, support tissues, and help maintain the contouring that your surgeon achieved.
1 Week Post Gynecomastia
The initial swelling and tenderness around the treated area should be beginning to subside. You might be able to participate in some light activity like walking while wearing your compression garment to increase blood flow, but you still will need to avoid strenuous exercise.
2 Weeks Post Gynecomastia
Two to three weeks into your gynecomastia recovery most of the swelling in your chest area should be gone. Dr. Galanis will advise you during a follow up visit about your progress and if light exercises are now appropriate for you to engage in or if your should still avoid lifting and strenuous activities.
Throughout the healing process you should maintain open communication with our office, follow the postoperative instructions closely, and be patient as your body heals.
Long-Term Gynecomastia Recovery
Your final results from gynecomastia surgery recovery will become apparent as time reduces swelling from the surgical site and you are able to return to your normal routine.
You will know you have reached full recovery when your surgeon removes the restrictions on excessive force and allows you to engage in exercise involving your pectoral muscles.
Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery Tips
Recovery from a gynecomastia male breast reduction procedure will require patience and close attention as you follow recovery guidelines to get yourself back to the right place both physically and mentally. Here are a few helpful tips to help with a smooth recovery post procedure.
Attend your Follow Up Appointments
Following all of your plastic surgeons thorough aftercare instructions and attending all of your appointments following the removal of your excess breast tissue is essential to stay on top of your wound care, medication usage, and activity restrictions.
Wear Your Compression Garments
Wearing your compression garment as directed will help control swelling, support excess tissue, and aid in proper healing.
Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will help with cell recovery following your male breast reduction surgery.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a diet full of essential nutrition to fuel your gynecomastia recovery can not be overlooked. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins are the building blocks for your recovery.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and consuming alcohol can slow your healing process and damage your skin elasticity. You’ll have plenty of time to toast to your new contour once you have properly healed.
Limit Sun Exposure
Too much exposure to the sun can slow your healing process by causing redness, inflammation, and irritation to incision areas. You also could experience hyperpigmentation to the scar tissue.
Warning Signs During Recovery From Gyno Surgery
Although it is not normal that complications occur, you need to be aware of the warning signs so that you can immediately contact your plastic surgeons office if something doesn’t seem right. Gynecomastia surgery risks and safety concerns are not to be taken lightly. Here is a potential list of concerns:
- Unusual Post Surgery Swelling or Leg Pain – Effects of Blood Clots
- Experience Shortness of Breath
- Persistent Pain or Discomfort
- Redness or Heat Around Incision Sites
- Chest Pains
- Changes In Skin Color or Texture
- Numbness or Tingling
Gynecomastia Surgery FAQ’s
How soon can I work out after gynecomastia surgery?
It is normally recommended not to work out your chest and arms for at least six weeks following a male breast reduction procedure.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Gynecomastia Surgery?
Healthy individuals who are nonsmokers and non-drug users without any underlying medical health conditions that would slow or impair proper healing. Also males who have not been able to correct their condition through alternative additional treatment.
When Will I See My Final Results From Gynecomastia Surgery?
It normally takes between 3-6 months to achieve your final results from gynecomastia plastic surgery.
Will I Have Scars After My Male Breast Reduction?
Many incision lines are hidden within natural contours, however, some may remain visible post-surgery. This is an inevitable outcome of male breast reduction.
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Painful?
This cosmetic surgery typically involves minimal pain. Patients must pay attention to incision site care for optimal healing. Maintaining cleanliness and dryness post-procedure is of extreme importance after any medical treatment and will ensure a swift and smooth recovery process, minimizing the risk of complications.
Schedule A Consultation Today
If you are ready to learn more about gynecomastia plastic surgery and the removal of excess breast tissue, reach out to our offices at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills today. We look forward to helping you get the answers and results your deserve.