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Your Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery Questions Answered
Men of all ages undergo gynecomastia surgery to eliminate the unwanted excess breast tissue and/or fat that develops in their chest. While the cause of your gynecomastia will determine the techniques used during your surgery, the recovery is very much the same. Traditional gynecomastia is caused by the formation of excess breast tissue that needs to be surgically removed, while pseudogynecomastia’s primary cause is excess fatty tissue that requires the use of liposuction. There are also many situations where both issues need to be addressed concurrently.
As you prepare for your procedure, here’s what you should know:
Will There Be a Lot of Pain?
Gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. Afterward, oral pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate any residual pain and tenderness, but many find that over-the-counter options work quite well. The initial postoperative discomfort is generally mild and largely subsides within a few days.
How Long Will the Swelling Last?
Following your gynecomastia procedure, you will be placed in a compressive surgical dressing for the first two to three days following surgery, which will help minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort. This will then be replaced with an elastic, tight-fitting and compressive exercise garment that will be worn for a few weeks.
There can be a moderate amount of swelling for the first few months with most of it resolving by around six months. However, you should give it up to a year for maximal resolution in order to see the “final” result.
Will I Have Scars?
Because incisions need to be made in order to treat your gynecomastia, there will be “scars” that result from these same incisions. Fortunately, these virtually always heal extremely well and are generally inconspicuous, which is also aided by their strategic placements—either along the lower portion of the areola or in the crease at the bottom of the breast.
How Much Time Off Will I Be Required to Take?
Recovery from gynecomastia is relatively quick. Most patients can return to work or school within a few days to one week. An exception to this is if you have a physically strenuous job where there are no “light duty” options. In such situations, you may need to take up to three weeks off from work. Sports and intense exercise can be resumed after three weeks, though it is always recommended that you work your way back into your routine slowly.
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