How Long Is A Compression Garment Needed After Male Breast Reduction?

Are garments worn for more than 6 weeks after a breast reduction surgery? What is the longest that they might need to be worn?

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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.

San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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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

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Male Breast Reduction- Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia - Male Breast Reduction

How long should a compression garment be worn after gynecomastia?

In an effort to facilitate wound healing following a male breast reduction surgery, compression garments are frequently utilized. The empty space left after the removal of  the excess breast gland, fat will fill and swell unless compressed. This compression is especially important t he first 48-72 hours after surgery.

Your compression garment helps reduce the amount of post operative bruising and swelling and is typically worn for 2-6 weeks. A thick tight muscle shirt works well for many of our patients.

Compression garments

Compression garments are usually prescribed during the initial postoperative period to help prevent seroma formation and excessive swelling/bruising.  This period of time is usually 2-6 weeks, in my experience, and  depends on the amount of undermining, the use of drains, and liposuction performed.  

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Compression Garment after Male Breast Reduction

This depends on the type of male breast reduction surgery that was done. Typically the compression garment should be worn for about 6 weeks. Your surgeon will be able to tell you how long you should wear the garment beyond that.

How Long Will I Need to Wear the Compression Garment After Male Breast Reduction

Thank ypu for your question.  In my practice, a compression garment is worn in the first 2 weeks after surgery.  After two weeks, the patient can switch to a contour garment like SPANX for an additional 3-4 weeks.  Consult with a Board certified Plastic Surgeon.  Best Wishes

Compression garments following gynecomastia

We recommend 2-3 weeks of post op compression following a gynecomastia surgery. You will get many different opinions from many surgeons. Sometimes I think a garment can have negative effects such a skin malposition following a neck lift.

Compression Garments Post Gynecomastia Surgery


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.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Garmet use

4 weeks 24/7 (except for showering of course), then night time for another couple weeks.
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.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Compression garment

You should ask your surgeon about this since each has their own guidelines regarding compression garment usage. Normally, about 6 weeks is the average, though.

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