Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
The enlargement of a man’s breasts is a condition known as gynecomastia. About 50% of men – and even some teenage boys – suffer from enlarged breasts. For teens who experience enlarged breasts, most of the time it is because of changing hormone levels, and in about 90% of these cases, the enlarged breasts will resolve on their own. However, for adult men this is not the case.
Thankfully, enlarged breasts may be corrected or improved through male breast reduction surgery. Because it's major surgery, patients should know the benefits, potential complications and what's involved in male breast reduction surgery recovery.
Following male breast reduction surgery in Denver, patients can expect to feel some discomfort or tenderness in the chest area. Dr. Serota will prescribe pain medication to relieve any pain you may feel during the recovery period. Common side effects include bruising, swelling and temporary numbness caused by the disruption of nerve connections. Most of these side effects should subside within a week or two, although some degree of swelling or numbness may last for several months.
In most cases, Dr. Serota will recommend a compression garment be worn over the chest area for at least one to two weeks. Elastic compression garments reduce swelling and result in a shorter recovery period. This garment supports the tissues in their new position, helping the skin adjust to its new contours and reducing the possibility of skin looseness. Although they can be a bit uncomfortable until you get used to wearing them, compression garments are essential to the success of cosmetic surgery. They should be worn 24 hours a day for at least a week.
During the first few days of male breast reduction surgery recovery, you will need to rest and relax as much as possible. It’s important to rest your shoulders and not lift your arms up, especially over your head. You will have a follow up appointment within the first week following surgery to track your healing. Most patients are able to return to work after about one week after surgery.
If you would like more information about male breast reduction surgery, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.