Even though your gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our NYC surgical suite, it’s important to have a friend or family member accompany you. After the surgery is complete, the doctor may insert a drainage tube to collect accumulated fluids. This is only a temporary measure and will be removed after one or two days. A special compression garment will help keep swelling down, and should be worn for three to four weeks.
Patients should plan at least one week off of work, and expect bruising, swelling and some pain after the surgery. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Most men are back at work within 7-14 days, and able to resume light exercise about two weeks post-operatively. Dr. Preminger encourages patients to refrain from vigorous physical activity for at least six weeks following breast reduction surgery.
In most gynecomastia surgeries, it takes a solid 6 to 8 weeks for all swelling to resolve, revealing a firmer and flatter chest. Once the final results are evident, patients typically find themselves with a renewed confidence to sport fitted T-shirts, or even go swimming at the beach without a shirt.
The results are permanent, but can be affected by some medications like steroids or atypical antipsychotics. To maintain your results, exercise regularly and eat a nutritious diet, as dramatic weight gain can lead to a recurrence of the condition.