How long is the recovery for a Gynecomastia surgery?

About three weeks have passed since my Gynecomastia surgery and I am experiencing pain and Seroma build-up which i'm having to get out by needle (twice so far).

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Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery & Returning to Normal Activities

Each patient is unique and previous #results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. As with all cosmetic surgery, results will be rewarding if expectations are realistic. With any surgical procedure, there are some risks which your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation.

There are three types of surgical treatment options available that treat #gynecomastia. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will recommend the type best suited for you. 
Three options exist for surgery. Smaller procedures can actually be done in the office with light oral sedation. Adolescents frequently do better with a light general #anaesthetic.Twilight or IV sedation are another great choice. All procedures are outpatient either in the office or a certified outpatients surgery facility.

Bruising and #swelling are normal and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However, it may take 6-9 weeks to disappear completely. 
Also, as you heal, the area may feel “lumpy” and irregular. This, too, decreases with time, and massaging these areas will help soften the scar tissue.
The #compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will #heal. It can also assist in the retraction of the skin. 
Additionally, your doctor may place tape or foam over the incisions, which can be removed on day 3 or 4, before your first post-op appointment.

Usually 1 week after #gynecomastia surgery you can begin taking moderate walks or ride a stationary bike. Strenuous workouts or aerobic #exercise can begin around 4 weeks post-op. Please get approval from your doctor before you begin any workout regimen.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia and seroma

Sometimes fluid can collect. This depends upon the type of procedure that was performed. Often they "burn" out from repeated fluid aspirations.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Seromas are frequent enough after gynecomastia surgery. Compression vests help and I typically ask patients to wear them for a month.  Don't sweat it.  Small road bump along the way.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Hello,seromas are a common complication after mastectomies, but it should´t be too long before it stops producing liquid. Keep using your compression garment and you´ll be allright pretty son.

Luis Tactuk Simo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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