Hey all, I had surgery to to remove fatty tissue from underneath my nipple (as I suffer from gynecomastia). I was not told to wear a compression vest immediately after the surgery, and have only since found out (through my own research) that I must wear one, It has now been 2 and a half days since my surgery - will this effect the outcome? NB: I am now wearing a compression vest, but is it too little too late? :(
I Have Had Breast Reduction Surgery, and Was Not Told to Wear a Compression Vest?
Doctor Answers 5
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Reduction) by liposuction requires compression garments for three main reasons:
- it restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure
- It decreases the amount of bruising
- It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking
Follow your surgeon's instructions
The length of time that you need to wear a garment after gynecomastia surgery
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Gynecomastia and compression garments
The general standard is of course to wear a compression garment as you have already heard. There is simply no good reason not to. It keeps down the swelling and bruising. It is also a good idea to keep ice packs on for a day or two under the compression garment. It dramatically cuts down on pain and the ice causes the blood vessels temporarily shrink up so once again less bleeding and bruising. I myself asked patients to wear the compression for about two weeks except for showering.
Breast surgery and bra?
Every surgeon is a bit different in terms of what type of post-op garment a patient should wear. Some do not even use a bra.
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