Men who are living with gynecomastia can suffer from low self-esteem, embarrassment and overall lack of confidence. Gynecomastia surgery can dramatically improve quality of life for males living with enlarged breasts. If you are considering gynecomastia surgery, you may have some questions regarding recovery and results.
While you may want to get back to the gym as soon as possible, it is important to avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activities for a minimum of two weeks. The type of gynecomastia surgery you have will dictate the length of time required to avoid physical activity. Although, plenty of rest is needed during recovery, frequent walking is encouraged to help promote blood circulation.
Hydration is key during recovery. Keep water or Gatorade available, and drink plenty to keep your body hydrated.
Following surgery, you will be provided a compression garment to wear during the healing process. This garment will help to reduce swelling and support the new chest contour. You can feel free to adjust the garment so that it is comfortable, but do not take it off, as wearing the garment is imperative to a successful recovery.
Make sure you avoid direct sun exposure for at least six weeks (that means no sunbathing). If possible avoiding spending time in the sun for three months is ideal. Also, do not smoke for at least one week after surgery (though not smoking at all is best).
Dr. Cruise and his staff will provide you with detailed gynecomastia recovery instructions prior to having surgery.
These are just a few tips to keep you on the right track during recovery. To learn more about gynecomastia surgery recovery, visit our “After Gynecomastia Surgery” page.
If you live in the Newport Beach area and wish to learn more about gynecomastia surgery, contact our office today!
Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at lagynecomastia.org. Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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