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Recovering from Gynecomastia Surgery

October 21, 2019

Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects the breast tissue in men. This is a condition in which the male breasts become enlarged, resembling that of female breasts. Gynecomastia often happens during puberty for adolescents as their hormones are changing, but it can also occur in men during adulthood. Often, the enlarged breast tissue will go away on its own. If it persists, then surgical intervention is needed. Dr. Joseph Cruise, in Los Angeles, is well-known for being a top doctor in the treatment of gynecomastia. He has been specializing in gynecomastia for over ten years, averaging more than 300 surgical procedures each year.

A common question that men often ask of Dr. Cruise is what the recovery period will be like. They want to know how it will affect their work and social life. Read on to learn more about what to expect for the recovery after gynecomastia surgery.

Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery

The average recovery time from Los Angeles gynecomastia surgery is four to six weeks in total. This entirely depends on the overall health of each patient and how closely they follow Dr. Cruises’ post-surgical instructions. Most men need at least three days of total rest to expedite healing. Patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, tightness, and tenderness. This is normal and should subside after a week or so. All patients will be required to wear a post-surgical compression garment that holds the skin in place, promotes blood circulation, and manages swelling. It also helps to provide optimal results. Exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided during the recovery period to ensure a quick recovery. Dr. Cruise will provide clearance to resume these activities once he feels his patients can do so without compromising their results. This typically happens at 4-6 weeks post-surgery.

Post-Surgical Care

Patients must follow the instructions given by Dr. Cruise. Avoiding activities like smoking and alcohol consumption is vital as these can create complications during and after surgery. Patients should take care to gradually introduce exercise and regular movement back into their daily life. After resting for the first couple of days, patients should start taking short walks to stimulate blood flow. Patients cannot return to full exercise and activity until the incisions and skin are completely healed. Most men can go back to work after a few days as long as their job duties do not require heavy lifting or strenuous activity.

Dr. Cruise strives to make sure that he is available to answer questions for his patients during their recovery period. He works with patients through every step of the gynecomastia journey to ensure they are comfortable, safe, and stress-free. Men who are experiencing gynecomastia should contact Dr. Cruise for a consultation. He treats patients who reside in and around Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as around the world.

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 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 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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