Whether you’re planning gynecomastia surgery in New York with us or elsewhere with another plastic surgeon, we encourage you to learn all you can about the recovery process before the big day comes. Trust us when we say that knowing what to expect will help you relax and have a smooth post-op period.
The First 24 to 48 Hours
If you choose a surgeon who relies on general anesthesia, you will probably feel groggy and sleepy much of the time the first night and day after your procedure. If you have gynecomastia surgery in New York at our practice – where twilight sedation is the rule – you will feel more alert that first day. Either way, due to the local anesthetic administered during surgery, you probably will not notice much discomfort for several hours. As the local wears off, you may want to take your prescribed pain medication or an over the counter alternative.
You can resume normal meals the evening after surgery. We don’t recommend any kind of special diet at this time – you’ll need protein plus some extra vitamin C and zinc to help the body heal.
The first day or two you will be advised to rest quietly, keep your compression garment on and refrain from bathing. This is a good time to have someone else help you a bit at home.
Day 3 to 5
If you are taking prescription pain medication for discomfort, it’s likely you will be able to discontinue doing so a few days after surgery. You will also have a follow up appointment during this time when your plastic surgeon will check your progress.
You will be able to take a shower or bath around the second or third day after surgery. When you see your torso for the first time, don’t be alarmed. You can expect pale skin and wrinkles along with swelling and bruising. In fact, this is about the point when swelling should peak and your chest will probably look its worst. This should be motivation to continue to wear your compression garment at all times!
5 to 7 Days After Surgery
Most men find they can return to light activities and sedentary work several days to a week after male breast reduction. The most important steps to take are to wear your garment as directed and avoid raising your blood pressure and causing additional swelling. Your plastic surgeon will ask you to refrain from working out for a while longer, though you may be able to take gentle walks.
Around this time you may start to see the beginning of a new you when you undress. But don’t panic if you continue to observe significant swelling, even if your chest is noticeably asymmetrical. If you’re experiencing undue pain or other alarming symptoms, of course you should contact your surgeon’s office.
4 to 6 Weeks After Male Breast Reduction
After about a month or a little longer, you should be feeling on your way to a new life without man boobs. You can probably put away your compression garment, although many men continue to wear it part time to ensure swelling does not return. Around this time you may resume working out, but your plastic surgeon will likely advise you to start gradually and monitor your body’s response closely.
3 to 6 Months Post-Op
Although it varies a great deal from patient to patient, most men consider their results permanent around the six-month mark. At this point all or almost all swelling should be completely gone. This is when you will have your final visit with your plastic surgeon and gynecomastia will be a thing of the past for you.
If you’re like most men, you have performed fair amount of research and done quite a bit of thinking about your condition. You’ve considered whether male breast reduction is for you, you’ve taken time to understand the procedure and you’ve looked hard for the right plastic surgeon. Taking a little extra time to ensure you know what to expect during recovery will pay off as well.
Reach out to Dr. Jacobs today to schedule your consultation!