If you have ‘man boobs’ that make you feel embarrassed and insecure, you may want to consider gynecomastia surgery. Many men struggle with enlarged breasts or gynecomastia, but the condition can be successfully treated with surgery. But what’s involved in gynecomastia surgery and how long is the recovery.
What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction surgery) is done to remove excess glandular tissue and fat from the male breast. The procedure reduces the size of the breasts and gives the chest a more masculine appearance. During the operation, the surgeon will excise the glandular tissue via an incision made around the areola. Liposuction is also performed if there is a significant amount of fat.
How Long Is Recovery From Gynecomastia?
Recovery from gynecomastia surgery takes two to three weeks on average, but patients can generally return to work after one week. There is typically some bruising and swelling after surgery which takes four to six weeks to resolve. A compression garment is worn for up to 6 weeks to help reduce post-surgical swelling, and provide support for the new chest contours.
Exercising should be avoided for at least four weeks after gynecomastia surgery. Resuming exercise earlier could affect healing and hinder recovery. However, patients are encouraged to take short walks a few times each day to promote blood flow in the legs.
Tips For A Quick Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery:
- Follow the post-op instructions of your surgeon
- Get plenty of rest, especially in the first few days after surgery
- Attend all post-op appointments
- Eat a healthy diet
- Avoid smoking
- Wear compression garments as required
If you follow the above tips and have a good post-op routine, you can expect to have a reasonably quick recovery after gynecomastia surgery, and achieve the best possible results.