Correcting the issue of gynecomastia can be a life-changing event for any man. The condition that results in the appearance of man boobs steals confidence to sometimes severe degrees.
When facing gynecomastia surgery, the best way to ensure a smooth process all the way through is to prepare not only for the surgery itself but also for aftercare. Our gynecomastia NY patients report that knowing what to expect after their surgery made all the difference in lowering their stress levels.
Swelling and Bruising After Gynecomastia Surgery
In the first week following gynecomastia surgery, patients will experience swelling and bruising in the chest area. Bruising may vary from very mild to moderate, depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure performed.
Some of the time, our gynecomastia New York patients experience bruising that extends into the area just below the chest (upper abdominals). Initially, bruising will actually intensify before it begins to diminish about four days after surgery.
Until all bruising, even mild yellow discoloration, has completely disappeared, it is vital that the patient stay out of the sun. Sun exposure during this time has been known to cause permanent discoloration. Any patients who have had laser liposuction with their procedure should NOT apply ice packs or heating pads to the treated areas.
Unusual Swelling Situations After Surgery
Most of the time the swelling that occurs following surgery can be helped with cold compresses and the compression garment that we provide. Though rare, there are times when unusually severe swelling can occur. One such instance is with a hematoma, where a collection of fresh blood accumulates post-surgery. This usually occurs in the first three days, and is marked by especially painful swelling in breast tissue.
Seroma is another common swelling condition, in which body fluid and liquid blood products combine and pool in breast tissue. These more severe forms of swelling require an immediate call to our office and most likely a visit us for treatment; both of these situations do not cause permanent damage.
Post-Op Healing Tips from the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team
In order to decrease the risk of hematoma or seroma, patients should:
- Stop using medications such as aspirin and other supplements two weeks prior to surgery. The exception to this rule is hypertension medication, which should be continued.
- Restrict strenuous movements as much as possible immediately following surgery.
- Regularly use cold compresses in the days following surgery (except for laser lipo patients).
- Consume no alcohol in the week prior to surgery and for at least 3 days afterward.
Upon returning home from our gynecomastia New York surgical center, it is important that the patient maintain a state of rest. Bed rest is not necessary; but limited movements are best. To facilitate low stress during the initial healing period, we recommend that patients prepare their home with pre-made meals or frozen meals, plenty of entertainment in the form of books, movies, music or video games. The goal is to make the home as comfortable as possible so as to avoid boredom and the temptation to “get out” for awhile. In the days that lead up to gynecomastia surgery, your surgeon will fill you in on the specific movements that need to be restricted.
It is necessary to wear a compression garment (compression vest) after surgery in order to alleviate swelling. It must be worn 24/7 for the first week and then for 12 hours per day for the second week. If severe swelling or excessive bleeding has occurred during or after surgery, the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team may decide to leave the compression dressing on for a slightly longer time.
Because there is swelling post-surgically, it is important not to expect your desired results immediately. Remembering that optimal results come after several weeks, once all swelling has subsided will keep you from getting the post-surgical blues. Contact us for more information or to schedule your free consultation for gynecomastia (male breast reduction) treatment.
This is not a full list of all risks and complications. See our surgical team for a complete list.