Gynecomastia surgery is a highly effective method for enhancing the masculine figure and eliminating fatty tissue in the chest. If you have not yet discussed your treatment plan with your surgeon, you may be surprised to find out that the recovery period is almost as important as the procedure itself. Following the proper post-operative routine and guidelines can ensure that you recover quickly with as little pain or difficulties as possible. Below, we’ll take a look at what this period might look like for the average patient.
Taking Time Off
First and foremost, it is important that you plan on taking time off from many activities to allow your body to recover from the physical stress of surgery. You will be more susceptible to injury during your recovery period, so you need to plan your activities carefully. Expect to take at least one or two days off from work and any other normal activities. Rest is the biggest priority for the first 48 hours. For the first two weeks, you will need to avoid any strenuous activity – in other words, anything that will increase blood pressure. After this point, you can gradually increase cardio activities. However, you need to wait a full four weeks before resuming any chest exercises.
Compression Vests & Tissue Massages
The compression vests worn after gynecomastia surgery are designed to control swelling and help the body heal in a favorable way. This is essential for achieving the optimal chest contours after surgery. Additionally, patients may want to consider receiving soft tissue massages a few weeks after their procedure.This will help diminish scar tissue and further supports the even contours of the chest.
The results from gynecomastia surgery can be mental as much as they are physical. For many patients, the biggest challenge is overcoming the psychological effects of gynecomastia. Most men tend to round the shoulders forward as a subconscious effort to hide the appearance of gynecomastia. After surgery, you need to focus on pulling the shoulders back and maintaining a tall, straight posture. Correcting the posture can further accentuate the results of your procedure, and it will also encourage long term health.
What Else Can I Expect from Recovery?
To determine what your exact recovery protocol will be like, you need to discuss your treatment plan with your doctor. Dr. Wilcox and Dr.Morrissey is happy to discuss the treatment process with you during your consultation, where you can address your specific concerns regarding recovery. To schedule your consultation, contact us today.