Following male breast reduction surgery, patients will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. This discomfort usually dissipates after a few days and can be reduced with prescribed medication. To help reduce swelling, an elastic pressure garment should be worn for about two weeks, and at night for several weeks afterward. Swelling and any skin discoloration from bruising most often subsides within the first two weeks.
Stitches that need to be removed will be taken out at one of your post-operative follow up appointments within that time frame, whereas absorbable sutures will gradually disappear on their own. We encourage you to walk around on the day of your gynecomastia surgery. You can expect to return to work in approximately one week, and you may also begin light aerobic exercise after two weeks. More strenuous activities can be gradually resumed as your body fully recovers from surgery.
As with all surgical procedures, there is a small risk of complications after male breast reduction surgery. Although rare, these include infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, unsightly scars, and changes in skin pigmentation. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Hutchinson will discuss your goals and expectations, details of the procedure, and post operative management for a smooth recovery and optimal results.