Are garments worn for more than 6 weeks after a breast reduction surgery? What is the longest that they might need to be worn?
How Long Is A Compression Garment Needed After Male Breast Reduction?
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Compression garments are over used in male breast reduction
Compression garments are most important in the first 48 hours after surgery. They help reduce the risks of bleeding and bruising. I typically have men wear them until they come back to see me post-op, a half of a week to a week later, and then can switch to a light compression shirt like Under Armor after that. They can be worn longer for comfort and security if desired, but I haven't seen any evidence that long term use improves the final result.
How Long Will I Need to Wear the Compression Garment After Male Breast Reduction?
In my surgical youth I recall a very famous Plastic surgeon known to many of us, when asked by a medical student "Prof. X, WHEN do the titches come out", he would invariably respond "Monday". It was his way to teach us early that rigidity did not belong in Plastic Surgery and that each patient had to be assessed individually.
We use compression garments to promote adherence of the thinned skin to the underlying muscle and reduce swelling. By 3-4 weeks this is accomplished in a majority of men. Wearing the garment longer is not really needed after this point BUT if we are dealing with individuals who may be too active too soon or who may have other reasons we may extend the period of compression.
Peter A Aldea, MD
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As you can see based on the answers of my colleagues, there is no set length of time that compression garments should be worn. Every surgeon has their individual recommendation. In my practice I typically have patients wear some sort of compression garment for 3-4 weeks, and in some cases up to 6 weeks. I feel that in this period of time there is the most swelling and the garment helps in minimizing this swelling.
The garmets are CRITICAL in reshaping the chest wall, particularly if skin laxity is an issue. Don't cheat! It is uncomfortable but very, very important.
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