How Long Does the Recovery Take from Doing a Gyenocmastia Removal ?

taking in mind i already did a vaser surgery on for my gynocamstia however the gland is not completely gone , so how long will it take for me to go back to lifting weights if i do the gland removal surgery ( doctor said it's for free )

Doctor Answers 9

Gynecomastia surgery requires a minimum of 2 weeks away from light exercise.

Although the direct excision of remaining breast tissue is straight forward, there is a higher risk of developing a hematoma early after surgery than when liposuction is performed in isolation. For this reason, exercise is foolish before 2 weeks and in some cases a longer rest period is required.

For most younger patients, a small but important amount of tissue behind the nipple can not be removed with liposuction alone. I select from VASER, PAL and SmartLipo Triplex (multiple wavelength laser) liposuction for each of my male patients with gynecomastia. I also discuss the possibility of needing to excise tissue directly if the liposuction is unable to achieve optimal contours. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the need for excision with 100% accuracy before surgery so: if you desire the best possible outcome, do not mind a small and discreet scar along the areolar edge and want a single recovery from surgery - consider giving your surgeon the permission and consent to do whatever is needed to get the best results the first time around.

Dr. Mosher

Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

After Gynecomastia Surgery & Weight Lifting

After your #Gynecomastia #surgery, 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.Your incisions will go through a maturation #process. For the first few months they will be red and possibly raised and/or firm. As the scar matures, after 6-12 months, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, “crawling”, or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area. This is a result of the #healing of tiny fibers which are trapped in the incision site. These symptoms will disappear. Some people are prone to keloids, which is an abnormal scar that becomes prominent. If you or a blood relative has a tendency to keloid formation, please inform the doctor.
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. If you have any concerns about #healing.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.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery

Hi Sal,

Thanks for the post.  As you can see from my colleagues' responses, there is no set timetable to return to weight training.  There are a few issues when exercising too soon after surgery:

1. Increase risk of bleeding or fluid formation (seroma)
2. Increased swelling
3. Possibly increased tension on the incisions

I recommend you discuss this with your surgeon as he/she would have their own protocol they want their patients to follow. 


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

How Long Does the Recovery Take from Doing a Gyenocmastia Removal ?

In my practice, I ask patients to refrain from upper body exercises for 6-8 weeks after gynecomastia reduction.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Recovery time

Dear patient, The recovery time is normally six weeks, but you should consult your surgeon for specific guidelines.


Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Recovery after Gynecomastia Surgery?

Thank you for the question.

It is always best to check with your operating surgeon for specific guidelines. Generally, I think patients should wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before returning to strenuous exercise/lifting.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

How Long Does the Recovery Take from Doing a Gyenocmastia Removal

On average 2 to 3 weeks of NO weight lifting. Best to discuss with your chosen surgeon the healing times. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Recovery From Gynecomastia Surgery

The removal of breast tissue that remains after liposuction of the male chest is usually a small procedure.  It does not cause a lot of discomfort.  However if you are athletic it is important to hold down chest exercise for 3-4 weeks to prevent bleeding or swelling in the area. You can continue with strength training of your legs as soon as you feel up to it, but should hold off chest and shoulder workouts.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

Activity after gynecomastia surgery

I tell my patients we can start activities within a few days if they use their common sense. if you are having your chest operated on you can be back doing all other muscle groups other than chest within a few days. I tend to be a little bit more liberal than most as we use the "Scarless" Approach so there are no stitches Therefore no chance of anything popping open.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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