Everything You Need to Know about Gynecomastia Surgery
What is gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that reduces the appearance of breast tissue, flattens the chest region, improves the appearance of pectoral muscles, and increases self-confidence.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. Gynecomastia can be caused by changes in hormones, heredity issues, obesity, or the use of specific drugs
How long does male breast reduction surgery take?
Surgery times can vary, but the surgery typically takes between 1 to 3 hours.
Do I have to stay at the hospital overnight?
No overnight hospital stay is required. Unless specifically recommended by your surgeon, you should be able to go home after your gynecomastia surgery.
Let’s talk about gynecomastia surgery recovery
The recovery process should take about 1 to 2 weeks, but every recovery and every patient is unique.
To have a smooth recovery, make sure not to do any high-intensity physical activity until approved by your doctor. You will probably be sore, potentially have some mobility limitations in your arms, and have some bruising for the first few weeks. Make sure to take it easy and let your body heal. Most people can return to regular activity after a week; make sure you hold off on exercising until you’re fully healed.
All of this will be discussed with your doctor in your pre and post-surgery consultation. Make sure you come to your consultation with the questions you have about your gynecomastia surgery recovery. Some questions might be:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
What does a gynecomastia surgery before and after look like?
Here is an example of a gynecomastia surgery before and after from Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery.