You got it off your chest— now what? Many men who underwent male breast reduction surgery to correct enlarged breasts are at loss when it comes to surgery aftercare. Here’s what you need to know/do after male breast reduction surgery. This is a comprehensive aftercare guide offering a detailed recovery and aftercare instructions.
After the first two days of recovering from male breast reduction, you should start feeling considerably more comfortable. It’s essential not to take part in any strenuous activity for at least three to four weeks, as your chest may still be sore.
You should sleep in elevated position, propped up by pillows to help reduce swelling. Sleep on your back for a few weeks after surgery.
Avoid at all costs taking aspirin-containing medication as they may cause bleeding. If you require pain relief, paracetamol is recommended.
After surgery, it’s typically normal to have bandages over your chest. Dressings may vary from surgeon to surgeon, so consult your doctor and follow his/her advice.
Most plastic surgeons use dissolvable sutures (stiches).
Try to keep the wounds dry for 72 hours. A light, lukewarm bath is a good alternative to showering.
Returning to work
Depending on your unique situation and your surgeon, most male breast reduction patients return to work after one to two weeks. But your surgeon will advise you on this subject in more detail.
The swelling in the chest area may take three to five weeks to subside.
Sensitivity to touch
The chest will probably be sensitive to touch for two to three weeks.
Your scars will be firm and pink for about six weeks after surgery. The scarring will fade away after several months.
You shouldn’t expose your chest area to sunlight for at least the first year following surgery by keeping scars covered.
Nutrition and hydration
To promote healing and avoid infection, it’s vital that you maintain a balanced nutritional diet and sufficient fluid intake. Following surgery, you may experience loss of appetite. Make sure to eat little and stay hydrated.
As with any surgery, it’s important to refrain from doing strenuous activity to prevent the unlikely occurrence of blood clots, chest infection or constipation.
Simply walking around the room every hour during the day is adequate activity to increase circulation and promote fast healing.
Gradually and gently increase your level of activity everyday. Steer clear of activities that put stress on the wounds, such as raising your arms above the head and lifting any heavy objects. Workout and swimming can usually be resumed after four to six weeks’ period from surgery date.
Smoking can increase the risk of bleeding, chest infection and slows the healing process. Smoking can also increase your chance of getting a wound infection. If you smoke, it’s strongly advised to reduce your cigarette consumption, or, if possible, stop smoking completely before surgery.
Gynecomastia is a common condition, mostly affecting middle-aged and older men, in which the glandular tissue in breasts becomes enlarged, sometimes causing discomfort or nipple tenderness.
There are varying causes of gynecomastia. It can happen when the hormonal balance shifts, with an increase in estrogen or drop in androgens. This can occur of expected hormonal changes during puberty or again, or due the use of certain drugs or herbal products.
Living a life free of gynecomastia is liberating and gratifying. The benefits are well known. However, it’s essential to be informed about what the surgery entails and what to do during the aftercare period.