If you have scheduled your male breast reduction surgery, you are probably feeling excited and perhaps a little nervous. You likely have a lot of questions about what the surgery entails, and what to expect afterward. If you are a planner, you're probably anxious to make the proper arrangements ahead of time. A lot of this information will be covered in your pre-operative surgical consultation; however, our New York gynecomastia surgeons have put together a primer to help you prepare you in the meantime.
Preparing for Gynecomastia Surgery
Our team will supply a comprehensive list of pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for gynecomastia surgery. One of the most important preparations you will need to make is to stop taking certain types of medications that could increase the surgical or post-operative risks. Therefore, it's critical that our doctors are aware of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you currently take. They will let you know which medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements could thin your blood.
In the weeks leading up to your surgery, concentrate on eating healthy, well-balanced meals, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. Taking a daily multivitamin is another good habit to get into prior to your surgery. Stop smoking at least two weeks before your surgery. If you are healthy, you will likely have a quick and complication-free recovery.
Don't forget to make arrangements for your day of surgery, too. Lay out some loose-fitting clothing to wear after your surgery. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the surgical center and stay with you overnight. Fill your prescriptions and make sure your home is stocked with plenty of food and liquids for your recovery.
The Day of Surgery: What to Expect
Prior to surgery, general or local anesthesia will be administered to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure.
When medically advisable, we use less-invasive techniques that can produce more effective results. Our New York male breast reduction surgeons vary their approach according to your unique needs and desired cosmetic outcome.
If your breasts are enlarged due to excess fatty tissue, we will use liposuction techniques to remove the localized fat. Our surgeons prefer to use Smartlipo, a laser liposuction system that is minimally invasive and does not require large incisions or extensive downtime.
If you also have excess glandular tissue, our surgeons will excise it through an incision around the areola (the pink area surrounding the nipple).
When they are finished making the necessary surgical modifications, our gynecomastia surgeons will close the incisions with stitches or sutures, dress the area with bandages and place a compression garment around the chest.
After surgery, you will recover for a short period of time at the surgical facility. Then, you will be released into the care of your companion, who should drive you home and get you situated in a comfortable position.
Recovering from Gynecomastia Surgery
In the first 24 hours following surgery, we recommend you get as much rest and relaxation as you can. You can do some gentle walking to promote healthy circulation. You can also resume light exercise within two to three days after surgery, but avoid more strenuous movements (bending, lifting, straining) for approximately four weeks. Allow your body to heal at its own pace, and don't rush back into your normal routine too quickly.
Post-operative swelling and bruising are common. Keep your compression garment in place until our surgeons advise you to remove it. The garment will help minimize swelling and support your newly contoured chest.
If you experience any pain during your initial recovery, we can prescribe oral pain medication. Usually our male breast reduction patients can manage post-operative pain after the first few days with OTC Tylenol.
We will also give you guidelines for keeping the incision area clean. You may have minor scarring after your incisions heal, but with the proper care, these scars will fade over time until they are barely visible.
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Learn More about Gynecomastia Surgery
If you have any questions about male breast reduction, we encourage you to make an appointment with our physicians, or give us a call at 212-206-0023 (New York City location) or 631-499-1831 (Long Island location).