Duration of Compression Garment After Gynecomastia Surgery (Fat + Tissue Removal) ?

Some are saying 2 weeks, some are saying 4 weeks and some 6 weeks. I have been given a chest belt instead of a garment. My personal doctor said for 2 weeks but some are saying 6 weeks. Will it make a difference (good or bad) if I wear it for more time ?

Doctor Answers 9


I am not sure what you mean by a chest belt. However, I assume that you mean an elastic device similiar to an abdominal binder.  The purpose of the compression is to aid in adherence of the skin to the underlying mucle and to prevent fluid colleciton and sagging of the skin. Compression also aides in tightening of the skin. The more loose the skin, the longer I have my patients continue the compression. So long as the chest belt does not dig into your skin and cause ridges or folds in your skin, it will not cause you any harm to wear it longer than 2 weeks, and it may even help the appearance of the skin. Under no circumstances would I imagine that wearing it for more than 6 weeks would be of any benefit.

Bristol Plastic Surgeon
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Garment after Gynecomastia Surgery

As you have noted, the use of garments will vary from one practice to another. Therefore, always best to select your plastic surgeon carefully  and follow his/her recommendations. He/she knows exactly what was done and is ultimately responsible for your care.  Personally, I do not think that the use of a garment past the 4 week point post op will necessarily help or hurt.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Using a Compression Garment After a Gynecomastia Surgery

We require our #patients to wear a compression garment for the a few weeks following their #Gynecomastia surgery. The #compression garment helps to reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will heal.We recommend it not be removed, at all, until the second or third day after the surgery. After that, we suggest they feel free to temporarily remove the #garment for showering or laundering only. We encourage our patients to maintain circumferential pressure for 4-6 weeks, but they may switch to an exercise compression garment when advised.

However, each patient is unique and previous results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. Your board-certified surgeon will recommend the use of the garment, or not, depending on your individual case and surgical procedure. Therefore, if you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Time for Compression after Male Breast Reduction

COMPRESSION GARMENT: The extra pressure this elastic garment provides helps reduce swelling and discomfort. You should not remove this garment at all until the second or third day after surgery. After that, feel free to remove the garment temporarily for showering or laundering. In my practice for most patients I recommend circumferential pressure for 4-6 weeks, and switch to an exercise compression garment when advised. Your plastic surgeon is in the best position to give you specific advice if a longer period is required.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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2 weeks is a minimum

2 weeks is a minimum but if you are able to wear a garment for a longer time, it cannot possibly hurt.  It helps to minimize swelling (which should resolve after about two weeks) and helps to press the skin against the chest wall so that it heals in place, which is important in men who may be left with some loose skin

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 469 reviews

Follow your surgeon's advice

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. This garment will help reduce swelling and conform the skin to your new shape. However, you should follow your surgeon's advice as they are more familiar with your situation.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

The length of time that you need to wear a garment after gynecomastia surgery

The length of time that you need to wear a garment after gynecomastia surgery depends upon how much work was done and the degree of redundant breast tissue and skin that you have. This is a question best answered by your plastic surgeon.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Does compression help?

There are clearly a lot of opinions about compression after any liposuction procedure.  Personally, I do not think compression affects the long term results at all.  I think it greatly affects the short term result (ie 1-4/5 months).  I recommend 3 weeks of full time compression and then another 3 weeks of half time compression. I hope that helps... :-)

Gordon Lewis, MD
Midlothian Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Chest garment after surgery

There's not any real magic time to wear the garment. I have my patients wear it for three weeks. Sometimes they choose to wear a compression T-shirt afterward but that's up to them. i think wearing something is helpful but the length of time is up to your surgeon.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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