Male Breast Reduction Recovery

What is the recovery time like after male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery? What's the healing process like during recovery?

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Recovery Time after Male Breast Reduction Depends on Procedure Performed

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The length recovery and type of garment use after male breast reduction is determined by the particular type of surgery performed.

Length of Recovery:

For the first 2 weeks following all types of surgery, I recommend that patients avoid heavy lifting or straining in order to minimize the chance for post-op bleeding.   After that time, full activity as tolerated is allowed for all procedures.

 Full healing strength returns only after 6 weeks, so heavy body contact should be minimized until that point.

Garment Use:

Liposuction: of a “compression garment” for 4 weeks is usually enough to treat post-op swelling and decrease the chance for blood and fluid collections.

Gland Excision: surgical removal of the “gland” will require a bulky gauze dressing with some compression for a week to 10 days.

Gland Excision and Liposuction: a bulky dressing for 7 days along with a compression garment for one month.

Formal Breast Reduction: compression with ace wraps and a gauze wrap is worn one week.  With free nipple grafts, a “tie-over” dressing is essential to prevent bleeding beneath the graft and is removed only after 7-10 days.

Custom compression-type vests offer a better alternative to "Under Armour"- type compression shirts since they are fitted based on the patient’s measurements and the pressure can be adjusted.   Also, custom vests are firmer and tend to wrinkle less than the store bought ones.

I hope that is a helpful answer. Good luck!

Recovery after gynecomastia surgery

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Men with mild gynecomastia usually only require liposuction to remove the tissue which is considered a minor surgery. In situations where liposuction is combined with surgical removal of breast tissue, these procedures are also  done in an outpatient capacity, usually in just over an hour. The patient can be back to work or school after male breast reduction surgery in just a few days and light exercise can begin after 2 weeks with full exercise resuming after about a month. There is usually only mild pain involved that goes away fairly soon.

Andrew Kaczynski, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Healing after Gynecomastia Surgery

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Recovery following gynecomastia surgery is relatively painless and brief. Expect that you can shower, drive, and go back to desk work within a day or two, and that you can exercise after 2 weeks. You will probably need to wear a compression strap over your chest for several weeks to help with healing.

George Sanders, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Gynaecomastia/ Male breast Surgery

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Hi there. I routinely combine liposuction with excision. Recovery from liposuction alone may be quicker. I advise my clients to take  5 to 7 days rest at home. The first follow up after the surgery would be 48 hours later. The client is advised to take shower on the 4 th post operative day( the day after surgery is the 1st post operative day). All activities of daily living could be resumed after  4 days. I advise clients to refrain from driving bikes for two weeks and vigorous exercise involving the arm for 6 weeks. You should expect to have bruise/ discomfort and swelling for two to three weeks. Numbness in some areas for two the three months.


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If the gynecomastia is treated with lipo and gland excision, usually is recommended to avoid heavy exercise (weight lifting/push ups) for about 3 to 4 weeks.  If the patient job is a sedentary (not involving lifting or heavy use of arms) Patient may return even 48 hours after surgery depending on their level of pain tolerance.  Truly you can even return day after surgery but you might have discomfort/pain due to inflammation. 

Roberto Gonzalez, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Post-Op Recovery

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Minimal gauze dressing is applied following the procedure and an easily concealed support elastic garment is usually worn to minimize swelling and help skin to contract for a 3-4 weeks following surgery. Sutures are typically removed within 7 to 10 days of surgery.
Patients engage in gentle activities of daily living for the first 10 days. No aerobic exercise for at least 3 weeks. Patients may take gentle walks after 10 days.
After the initial healing, gentle massage will help reduce discomfort or firmness.

#healing #recovery

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Check with your surgeon

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The course of recovery, the pain, restrictions, and healing time vary depending upon the procedure and your surgeon.  There are no averages and you should follow the instructions of your surgeon.

If only liposuction is required it is an easier and swifter process than if tissue needs to be cut out.

In either case my patients are at work in a few days and are at the gym in about 3 weeks if they need an excision and 2 weeks if they just needed liposuction.

Steven Teitelbaum, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Gynecomastia recovery

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Surgical correction of Gynecomastia usually employs a light general anesthetic and is done on an outpatient same day basis.

Patients generally take 4-7 days off from work depending on the type of job

If all is well, we usually resume Cardio in 5-7 days

A removable protective dressing is helpful in the first week.

Patients shower in 48 hrs

Richard A. D’Amico, MD, FACS
Englewood Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery

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In my practice, most patients return to work between 3-7 days. I have them wear a compression vest for 4-6 weeks depending on the procedure performed. I also limit their strenuous exercise for the same time frame but start them on stretching exercises around week 4. Patients typically recover relatively quickly as this is not a very painful surgery.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Gynecomastia recovery

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Generally speaking, pain will subside in a few days.  You will likely have drains in place for less than a week. These are removed in office without pain.   You will be wrapped for several weeks to allow skin to tighten.  This is a critical component of your care.  Wrap, wrap, wrap!  You can return to exercise in a few weeks. 

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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