What to Expect After Male Breast Reduction
by Alexander Canone
Enlarged breasts in men is a common problem. The word gynaecomastia derives from the Greek root, which means “woman-like breasts.” This problem can cause a great deal of embarrassment and shame to young men, especially those in their adolescent years and can affect men’s sense of self-esteem as well. There have been known cases where males have had breasts that have grown to the size of a C cup. Male breast reduction is the way to go if you suffer from this problem.
Male breast reduction is also called gynaecomastia.
Male breast reduction surgery is performed in a private clinic or hospital and is usually done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia, which means that the patient will remain asleep throughout the surgery. However in some instances the patient opts for local anesthesia with a light sedative.
After the surgery makes sure you have someone to give you a ride home, as you will not be able to drive yourself. It is also recommended that someone is around to help you at home for the first one or two days following the surgery. Make sure to get lots of rest during the recovery period and eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Drink plenty of fluids and always take your medication for pain as instructed. Do not take aspirin at the same time as you are taking pain medication and avoid any alcoholic beverages while you are on pain medication. Even after the pain medication is finished, it is wise to avoid alcohol for at least a three-week period after the surgery. Smoking disrupts the healing process and can also increase the chance of complications and for that reason you should quit smoking before and after the surgery to help promote adequate healing.
It is recommended that the patient of breast reduction surgery start moving around and walking as soon as he is able to as this is beneficial for reducing swelling and lowering the incidence of blood clots. Avoid getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle until you have finished taking your pain meds and until you have complete range of motion of both of your arms. Avoid all types of heavy lifting and go back to work when you feel that you are ready to do so. Thus is largely dependent on the type of job you do. Some individuals will be ready to return to work in two to three days while others may decide to stay off work for a week or even two. If you have a physically demanding job then stay off work as long as possible. Refrain from sexual activity from a period of one to two weeks and avoid any strenuous sports, exercise and physical activities for three to four weeks.
Bruising, swelling and soreness is common but should go away within the first few days after surgery. The very worst of the swelling might take a few weeks to disappear. Expect a minimal amount of postoperative pain as well as a certain level of discomfort for a couple of days.