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Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) can vary greatly in severity, but even a small amount of enlargement can prove to be hugely damaging to a man’s self esteem.

Surgical treatment is becoming more popular among the many men who suffer from the problem of enlarged breasts, as this method is currently the only effective method for addressing what many jokingly refer to as “man boobs”.

Male breast reduction is a fairly straightforward procedure that involves gentle laser liposuction of the chest and excision of breast gland tissue to make the chest flatter, smoother, and more masculine. The procedure typically has very good outcomes when performed by a gynecomastia specialist.

As with any surgical treatment, some recovery time is required. In the case of gynecomastia surgery at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, the patient must wear a special compression garment for a prescribed amount of time following the procedure.

Here’s what you need to know about compression clothing during recovery.

When to Wear a Compression Garment

A heavy-duty garment should be worn at all times for the first week. This holds absorbent pads in place, encourages drainage and reduces swelling and bruising. After the first week, the same Wear the compression garment 24hrs/day for the 1st week. After the first week, wear it for about 12 hrs/day while awake. You must wear the compression garment for a total of 2 weeks.

It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your garment–you don’t want to risk any complications or poor results.

How to Care for Your Garment

Keeping your garment clean is very important. You should wash your garment twice a day for the first 3 days, then regularly as needed. The garment should not be put on a heat cycle in the dryer, but on the air or fluff dry setting instead.

A Means of Concealment

Sometimes, men use compression garments before surgery as well, to help hide the symptoms of gynecomastia. This is purely a personal aesthetic choice, as the compression will not encourage the breasts to reduce in size. Only surgery can remove the extra tissue that results from gynecomastia.

Get Help from the Best

If you’re ready to take the plunge and move forward with getting rid of your man boobs, then you’ll want to seek help from the most knowledgeable surgeon you can find.

With so few cosmetic & plastic surgeons specializing in gynecomastia surgery, it can be a daunting task to find a skilled and experienced surgeon who is right for you.

For expert care in New York City, visit our acclaimed gynecomastia specialists. Our doctors have helped men across the U.S. and from around the world regain their confidence through male breast reduction surgery and can help you too.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists in Manhattan (at Madison & 59th) or in Commack, Long Island.

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