Gynecomastia is the abnormal growth of male breasts. Surgery is a way of reducing the size of male breasts.
The patients usually feel groggy for about 12 hours after leaving the hospital. This is normal but it is important to have someone around who will help.
During the first day or two, most patients experience nausea. There are pills that help with nausea and it is good to drink plenty of liquids, but not water or acidic drinks.
The incision points may ooze and the liquid may have traces of blood. This is nothing to be worried about, because the surgeon left small parts of the incision un-sutured in order to allow drainage and to reduce swelling.
Swelling and bruising are to be expected after the gynecomastia surgery. They will go away after five to eight weeks.
There is a special compression garment that looks like a vest and the patients are required to wear it after the surgery. Doctors will determine when is the right time to stop wearing it, but usually after two days it can be temporarily removed so that the patient can take a shower. Usually, the patient must wear the compression garment 24 hours a day for three weeks. It will reduce the swelling and help skin to shrink.
Incisions and sutures are allowed to get wet in the shower. After the first shower, the patient will have to rub vaseline or a similar product all over the chest. A massage is required three times a day for at least six weeks. Massaging is one of the most important things for a successful recovery and for the success of the surgery itself.
There may be some pain following the procedure, so the doctor will probably prescribe analgesics. They will also prescribe antibiotics to prevent an infection and further complications.
Movement is important in the recovery period, because it increases circulation and promotes healing. Many patients find it difficult and painful to move, but they should be persistent. Walking, at least small steps will also prevent the formation of blood clots.
The company and assistance of family and loved ones are extremely important in the recovery period. A person who underwent a gynecomastia surgery will experience difficulty in performing even simple, everyday activities. Other than pain and discomfort, the patient may go through mood swings, anxiety, and irritation. The support of family members and loved ones is essential in that sense.
In most cases, a person who had a gynecomasty surgery will be able to return to work and everyday activities about seven days after the procedure. As for sexual relations, the partner must not insist on them until the patient feels completely ready and comfortable.
Activities such as tanning, swimming, jacuzzis and saunas should be avoided for three to four weeks. This is because tanning may cause permanent pigmentation in the areas that were bruised and the potentially unclean water may cause infection if the incision is not healed completely.