10 Tips for Preparing for Gynecomastia Surgery
We are always pleased when our patients ask us how to get ready for gynecomastia surgery. New York residents are usually eager to learn all they can about cosmetic procedures, and we know when a patent asks about ways to prepare for his operation and recovery period, he wants to cover all the bases.
Here is a list of tips we share with the men we work with. If you’re planning male breast reduction, perhaps they can help you get ready for your procedure.
- Stop smoking. If you smoke, this is a great time to quit. At very least, you must commit to stopping a few weeks before and after your procedure.
- Stop taking medication or other substances that tend to thin the blood. These include aspirin, ibuprofen and several others. Your plastic surgeon will give you a list.
- Be close to your ideal weight. Your results will be even better if you are not overweight when you undergo male breast reduction, however, if you still want to lose a few pounds after surgery, that’s fine too. Your results can continue to improve as you shed fat, and many men are more motivated to work out after they lose the moobs.
- While you keep an eye on your weight, do pay attention to your nutrition in the weeks leading up to surgery. Make sure you are eating balanced meals, including plenty of lean protein. This is not the right time for a reduced-calorie diet.
- Work out as usual. Don’t worry about resting before your procedure; that comes later.
- Consider trying some of the non-prescription supplements such as arnica montana that seem to have a beneficial effect on swelling and bruising. Ask your doctor about them.
- Make sure you arrange for someone to take you home after surgery. And you will want a friend to stay with you for a day or two. (This is particularly important if the plastic surgeon you select uses only general anesthesia.) You may need help with light chores, pets and so on.
- Prepare your home to welcome you back. Most people appreciate a clean house, clean sheets and a generally tidy, soothing environment when they return from surgery.
- Gather supplies you’ll need to help you rest. Be sure to have food on hand that’s easy to prepare, plus movies, books and magazines that will encourage you to take it easy. Fill your prescriptions ahead of surgery and take your doctor’s advice as to other items to have on hand – you don’t want to find out later that you need something you thought you could do without.
- Prepare mentally. Make sure you understand what to expect during the initial post-op period. Know that the first time you look at your torso you will see swelling, bruising and other telltale signs of recent surgery. Think about how to resist the temptation to run to the mirror several times each day and obsess about what the ultimate outcome will be. Trust us, the more you relax and avoid stress, the better.
If we were asked to give just one piece of advice about preparing for gynecomastia surgery, we’d tell New York patients to follow our instructions to the letter. We have been performing the procedure for more than three decades, and we have learned from our patients just as they have learned from us. If we can help you, give us a call at 212-570-6080.