So you decided to have Gynecomastia surgery, here are some important recovery tips to follow.
Immediately Following Your Surgery
- Read and make sure you understand your doctor’s post-operative instructions BEFORE going into surgery.
- Follow instructions regarding compression or protective garments. Your post-surgical compression vest is to be worn 24 hours per day until your first post-operative appointment. You may take this garment off to shower 24-48 hours after surgery. You will be instructed to wear an elastic garment such as Under Armor for two weeks post-surgery. You may choose to wear the garment for up to 6 weeks to achieve optimal results and comfort.
- Don’t push yourself. But do make sure that you are up and moving around. This will help you to avoid complications of surgery.
- If you’re experiencing an abnormal amount of discomfort, aching, pain or redness, call your surgeon immediately.
- Remember that results from gynecomastia surgery take time. You may not see the final results for up to 6 months and results will vary from patient to patient.
First Week After Surgery
- During the first week of recovery, rest and stay away from activities that raise your blood pressure to prevent bleeding at the surgical site.
- Talk regular walks and enjoy light activity.
- Wear your garment day and night. You can remove your garment to shower 24-48 hours after surgery.
- If bruising is present, it should start to resolve at this point.
- Patients generally return to work 3-5 days after surgery.
Two Weeks After Surgery
- You are back at work and probably ready to get moving with moderate cardiovascular activities like speed walking.
- Avoid running for now. You will still experience a moderate amount of intermittent swelling which can be worse after too much activity.
- Soreness can also be expected during this time. Take it easy and listen to your body.
- Consult your surgeon if you have questions.
One Month After Surgery
- Feeling like yourself again and ready to start lifting? You may experience tightness in the treated areas as the scar tissue is worse around this time.
- Stretching and massaging of the tissues is very important. Although the tissues will feel tight, you will not likely hurt anything by stretching or weight training.
- Make sure you get the go-ahead from your surgeon before resuming strength training and resistance exercises.
Remember these are some general guidelines and if you have any questions about your recovery please contact your surgeon.