Gynecomastia surgery recovery time requires approximate of 4-6 weeks depending on how your body is healing. The first three days require total rest to have efficient recovery. You need to rest completely for 72 hours in order to ensure that you don’t disrupt the healing process and immediately after the surgery you may experience some pain, tightness and tenderness in the area. This symptoms are generally managed with pain medication and should wear off within a week. One week after the Gynecomastia surgery procedure is done, when you will have your stitches removed and a follow up visit with your surgeon.
While swelling is the first sign, there are ways to to manage it and help reduce it more efficiently. In the days immediately following surgery- hydration is the key. Lower-level sodium diet and rest additionally will help. Compression garments worn for 1-2 weeks are one of the most critical elements of the post-op process. It also helps to adjust the skin to its new contour and reduces swelling.
Under the assumption that there are no complications, the general recommendations are as follows. One will be able to slowly begin to return to normal activities in around 3 days but should refrain from any type of exercise and heavy lifting for at least 14 days. One can begin light exercise – Walking or light jogging is permissible, once you have hit that threshold. After 3-4 weeks, one can begin more intensive exercise with the exception of chest and shoulder movements that target the pectoral muscles. After 5-6 weeks you may return to normal lifting and exercise regimens including exercises involving chest and shoulder movements.
As one prepares for male breast Reduction surgery in mumbai, To help avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress and also to want the process to be painless and smooth as possible, we have compiled the following checklist to discuss what to avoid and what to do before gynecomastia surgery.
Important things to do, avoid, and know
1.) Tanning – Avoid sun tanning starting 2 weeks prior to surgery.
2.) Smoking – Doctors suggest that one should quit smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as nicotine can delay and impair healing.
3.) Alcohol – Avoid alcoholic beverages at least 1 week prior to surgery.
4.) Blood thinners – Stop taking all herbal supplements, garlic supplements ,Vitamin E and all aspirin-containing products, medications which contain blood thinners (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.)- 10 days prior to surgery.
5.) Medications – Let Doctor know of all medications and supplements you are taking on a regular basis. Approximately 2 weeks before gynecomastia surgery, one should start taking 1 multivitamin per day.
6.) Illness – If you get sick or have an active infection, please contact our office prior your gynecomastia surgery.
7.) Labs – Make sure all requested labs, mammogram, EKG and medical clearances are delivered to Doctor’s office on time.
8.) Caretaker – Make sure that someone is available to stay with you for the first 24 hours an a responsible adult is confirmed to drive you to and from surgery following your procedure and, please call our doctor to discuss other options if you don’t have anyone available.
9.) Prescriptions – Fill all prescriptions prior to male breast surgery.
10.) Schedule time off work – The type of work you do will be a determining factor as to how much time to take off work. Patients with any desk job or sedentary lifestyle may go back to work within 4 days or so. You may need to take 2 weeks off, if you have such job which requires a lot of heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Some people are able to manage their job duties at work, and go back sooner.
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