Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) is a common problem among American men, but it is a problem very few address. This is partly because the only effective treatment for gynecomastia is surgery.
Understandably, men have many misgivings about undergoing surgery to get rid of man boobs, including recovery time, cost, risk of complications, and post-op pain.
However, the majority of patients that move forward with surgery report great strides in gaining self-esteem and confidence.
Interested in moving forward? Here’s what to expect after gynecomastia surgery, a crucial period in your treatment.
The First Few Days
During the first few weeks, you will be wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and facilitate drainage. You will experience moderate discomfort during the first week, which can be offset somewhat by pain medication.
Avoid certain over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and alcohol after surgery. Your main job in the first few days and weeks to help you recovery quickly from surgery is to get plenty of rest, keep the wounds clean, and eat a healthful diet to facilitate healing.
The Next Few Weeks
Over the next few weeks after surgery, the swelling and bruising should slowly subside. You will not be able to resume strenuous exercise at this point, but walking and other mild activity is encouraged. Smoking should still be avoided, because it can severely hinder the healing process.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. It is always better to be cautious and ask questions, rather than let things go. If you don’t get help for signs of trouble, you could develop an infection or other complication.
Call your doctor or, if necessary, the emergency room should any problems arise. Have the doctor’s number handy during your recovery phase. Signs of trouble can include unusual discharge, excessive pain, fever, or a foul smell.
Choose an Expert
Your surgeon will give you specific guidance on how to care for yourself following surgery, and advise you on what to avoid for a smooth recovery. Complications are rare as long as you follow all directions from your surgeon, however you can lower your risks even further by choosing a surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery.
Our New York gynecomastia experts help hundreds of men each year regain their confidence with male breast reduction surgery at our AAAHC accredited surgery center. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation in Commack, Long Island or New York, NY.