Male Breast Reduction Recovery

What is the recovery time like after male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery? What's the healing process like during recovery?

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Recovery after Gynecomastia Surgery in Los Angeles

Recovery after Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction varies depending on patient's health conditions, surgery techniques, etc. In Los Angeles, and in my experience, most patients take about a week off from work after male breast reduction. they can resume exercise and regular activities within a week. They would not feel 100% for many months afterwards.


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Gynecomastia

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Gynecomastia involves treatment of excess glandular tissue, adipose (fat) tissue and sometimes redundant skin. Depending on the extent of the surgery (liposuction with or without ultrasonic assistance with or without direct glandular excision with or without skin removal) recovery can vary termendously.

In the average case, pain is tolerable and requires medication for the first 3-4 days, sutures are usually absorbable. Patients can typically return to desk work within 3-4 days as well as driving when off pain medications. Compression garments are worn for about 3 weeks. low impact activities can resume at 2-3 weeks with gentle upper extremity progressive resistance excercises commencing at 3 weeks up to 6 weeks.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery

Hi,

In my practice, most patients return to work between 3-7 days. I have them wear a compression vest for 4-6 weeks depending on the procedure performed. I also limit their strenuous exercise for the same time frame but start them on stretching exercises around week 4. Patients typically recover relatively quickly as this is not a very painful surgery.

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Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia recovery

Generally speaking, pain will subside in a few days.  You will likely have drains in place for less than a week. These are removed in office without pain.   You will be wrapped for several weeks to allow skin to tighten.  This is a critical component of your care.  Wrap, wrap, wrap!  You can return to exercise in a few weeks. 

Tim Neavin, MD
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Recovery

After surgery the patients are asked to take a week off from work.  After that, it is best to refrain from exercise for 1 month.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery

The typical recovery time for gynecomastia reduction is 2 weeks.  This recovery may be longer if skin excision is required.  In my practice, I ask patients to refrain from upper body exertion and wear a compression garment for 8 weeks.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
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John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Male Breast Reduction Recovery

You'll be off of work for about a week or so. Physical activities usually have to wait until about two to three weeks after surgery.

I generally recommend patients wear a support garment for 6 weeks - night and day for the first three weeks, and then during the day for another three weeks.

However, you should ask your surgeon as they may have different guidelines.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery

Each surgeon has his or her own guidelines for postoperative care. Typically, patients can resume light activities 5 to 10 days post surgery. Most strenuous activities are generally avoid for the first few weeks. Your surgeon will guide you as he or she understands the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery Time After A Male Breast Reduction - How Long Is It And What Happens?

The majority of gynecomastia procedures (male breast reduction), in my practice in Hawaii, are combination of liposuction of the chest and direct excision of male breast tissue. 

Recovery time for liposuction of the chest is normally 5 days out of the gym, and 3 weeks before one can go swimming again.  Usually, it is appropriate to stay home for a couple days to get off any pain medication before one returns to driving one's car.  The incision for the liposuction is in the lateral chest area and is sutured below the surface so that there are no stitches to remove. 

If gland tissue is removed, this is done through a small incision just at the edge of the areola.  The sutures come out over a 7 day period, and one is normally back in the gym within 7-10 days. 

Liposuction of the chest as well as gland excision both lead to scar tissue which responds well to a combination of DMSO and ultrasound (the kind physical therapists use for sore muscles).  A vest or tight rash guard is worn for approximately one month.  If this is done religiously 24/7, no surgical garments are required after that. 

Normally, at about 6 weeks post operatively, a small bump of scar tissue occurs just under the nipple.  This can be eliminated with one or two injections of a corticosteroid.

All in all, gynecomastia surgery recovery is about a 6-8 week project.  As a sidebar issue, I always send the gland from this surgery to pathology since male breast cancer is a reality and should always be checked. 

Recovery Process Following Gynecomastia Surgery

The recovery process following male breast reduction surgery is very dependent upon the type of procedure performed. When liposuction is performed recoveries are usually shorter then when excision of breast tissue is performed.

                  Following excision of breast tissue, patients usually have drains in place for approximately a week. These help to minimize fluid collections beneath the skin. Patients also wear compression garments following both excision of breast tissue and liposuction. Compression garments help minimize swelling, hematoma formation and pain in the post-operative period. Generally, compression garments are worn for four to six weeks following surgery.

                  Patients are allowed to resume most normal activities within a week of surgery, but strenuous activities and heavy lifting are not resumed for at least six weeks.

                  It’s important to remember that every patient is unique and because of this, post-operative management is frequently modified based on the specifics of the patients situation. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.