When patients leave the surgery facility to go home, they are usually groggy for about 12 hours or overnight. That is why it is very important to have someone who can assist you with getting around and taking your medications for at least the first 24 hours.
The support of your family and loved ones can be as important to your healing as following your physician’s medical directives. Their understanding of the pain, discomfort, and at times, the roller coaster of emotions, that you might experience can make all the difference in having an optimal outcome.
Here are some tips for your Family & significant others that will be helpful to them in helping you:
Most patients can resume normal activities in about seven days following male breast reduction surgery. You can even resume exercising within that time frame. However, you should resume activity only as is comfortable for you. You will probably be restricted as to lifting, pushing and pulling because your muscles will be bruised. Most patients return to work in about a week.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery is usually more painful than Liposuction of the abdomen or other body areas because it bruises the chest muscles. The worst of the discomfort is during the first 24-48 hours after surgery which feels like burning and muscle cramps. This pain can be well managed with the prescribed narcotic medications. Lubricating the chest area during the massaging phase also helps to reduce the dryness and irritation of the chest skin. Massage of the chest skin and nipples also help desensitize these areas and to reduce their sensitivity during the recuperation phase.
Gynecomastia surgery does not hinder your ability to have sexual relations. However, you should resume sexual activity only as you feel comfortable in doing so. The desire to resume having sex varies from patient to patient.
As with any major surgery, Male Breast Reduction Surgery will have an impact on your energy level. While you can resume normal activities within a week, you will experience variations in your stamina, sometimes from day to day. While there will be days when you feel as you did prior to surgery, you will not feel 100 percent yourself consistently in the four to six weeks following surgery. Sometimes you will feel a burst of energy, and sometimes you will feel exhausted, possibly without any warning. You should feel prepared for this ebb and flow in your stamina.
You may not tan your chest area for a minimum of 3 weeks and not until all the bruising and swelling has subsided. Tanning while you have bruises can make these areas stay pigmented permanently.
You should refrain from getting your incision sites exposed to potentially dirty water for at least four weeks after surgery or while your incisions are still red and fresh looking. Otherwise, you can potentially increase your chance of developing an infection.
Sometimes, a patient will have to choose between having remaining loose skin after surgery, and scars that are noticeable. For a male with very large breasts, the decision is easier to make in favor of the scarring, as, otherwise, there will be massive hanging skin that drapes in folds.
For less severe cases of Gynecomastia, the cosmetic surgeon and the patient will need to thoroughly discuss what types of incisions and resulting scars are acceptable. Despite knowing how long your scars are going to be, no one can predict if you are going to develop thick hypertrophic or keloid scars.
Unlike many surgeries, the new look is almost immediately noticeable. However, there will be some swelling before the full effect of your cosmetic surgeon’s sculpturing shows at about eight weeks. Although your chest will be flat immediately it might take some time for the skin to shrink and its contour to improve. Also, the tissues beneath the skin that have been sculpted can remain hard for a while, before they soften during the healing process. Following surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment to keep the chest flattened and the swelling minimal. Some men find this uncomfortable, but it is temporary, and will not show through your clothing.
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