New Yorkers aren’t known to be shy to speak up, that’s for sure. And that’s a good thing when we’re talking about gynecomastia surgery—we advise our patients to call the practice if they have any concerns at all between post-op visits. At the same time, most people don’t want to bother us—or fuel their own worries—unnecessarily.

Here are the top reasons you should call us after undergoing man boob surgery in New York.

Worsening Pain

Given the techniques we use along with our high standards for sterilization, plus the fact that male breast reduction is not a very invasive operation, the risk of infection is extremely low. But it’s not impossible. Worsening pain at the surgical site, plus redness and warmth, could indicate an infection is developing and should be cause for concern. You also want to monitor any discharge you have to make sure it isn’t thick and greenish. Contact us right away if any of these symptoms occur.

High Fever

According to Healthgrades, it’s not usual for people to have a low fever after surgery. But if your temperature climbs over 101, you should give us a call. A high fever could also indicate infection or another possible problem after surgery.

Fluid Buildup

As you prepare for man boob surgery in New York with us, we’ll be sure you know to expect bruising and swelling during your recovery. These are completely normal body responses, and even though we take care to minimize tissue trauma they will occur. What you will want to watch for is pockets of fluid that seem more like lumps or cysts rather than generalized swelling. They may be tender to the touch.

We’ll want to keep an eye on two kinds of fluid pockets:

  • Seromas: A seroma is a collection of clear fluid under the skin. We often elect to watch small seromas to ensure they dissipate on their own. Larger ones may need to be drained in a very minor in-office procedure.
  • Hematomas: Hematomas are also pockets of fluid, but these are filled with blood rather than clear fluid. Treatment is the same—watchful waiting or draining depending on how large they are and how persistent.

These post-surgical conditions can happen when patients are too active too soon after male breast reduction, don’t wear their compression garment as directed or for no apparent reason. In any case, most seromas and hematomas are not immediately dangerous and can usually wait for evaluation until the next scheduled follow up visit. Another alternative is for patients to take photos and send them to us. Of course, if there’s any doubt, we want guys to call us.

General Surgery Risks

There are some risks common to all surgeries you should be aware of. They include blood clots, poor wound healing, severe constipation and a few others. We will discuss these with you in consultation prior to your procedure—and steps you can take to avoid them—but be advised that they are extremely uncommon in gynecomastia surgery.

Patience is Key

The vast majority of distress calls we field from post-op man boob patients in New York are from guys who are obsessing about their results. We often suggest people even avoid the mirror for several days! It’s not at all unusual for changes to happen on one side and not on the other, for example, and this can cause unnecessary panic. The body’s healing process doesn’t always take a straight and predictable path.

We know it can be hard to relax and allow time for healing when male breast reduction is such an impactful experience, but that’s just what you need to do! Remember, while initial healing happens over a few days or weeks, results will not be final for months. Naturally we want you to contact us if you’re experiencing a problem, but we encourage you to let Mother Nature take its course as much as you can. Nearly every passing quirk of the process will resolve itself in time.

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