The recovery process that follows male breast reduction surgery is often fairly straightforward. Most patients experience some level of swelling and bruising immediately afterward, but it’s important to keep in mind that everyone heals at a different pace. Therefore, it’s best to seek information from an experienced plastic surgeon who can provide individualized advice on exactly what can be expected both during and after a procedure to address overdeveloped male breasts (sometimes referred to as “man boobs” or “moobs”). Men who are interested in this procedure can turn to Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery who has treated gynecomastia (“woman-like breasts”) for countless men in the Tampa, FL, area.

Just like any other form of surgery, a gynecomastia procedure should be followed by adequate rest and relaxation to allow the body enough time to properly heal. Additionally, Dr. Greenwald will typically ask a patient to schedule a follow-up appointment at his office in Tampa, Florida, within a few days after the operation. This will allow Dr. Greenwald to monitor the patient’s progress, remove the sutures, and help ensure a healthy recovery.

In general, during the male breast reduction recovery period, a patient will need to:

  • Stay home from work or school for three to five days (or longer if the required activities are physical in nature).
  • Wear a special compression garment to help manage swelling and bruising and keep the newly contoured skin firmly in place to facilitate proper healing.
  • Take several short walks each day to enhance circulation and help prevent blood clots and other post-surgical complications (bed rest is discouraged).
  • Avoid lifting, vigorous exercise, and other strenuous activities until Dr. Greenwald advises otherwise.
  • Apply ice packs during the first two days, and warm compresses thereafter, to help minimize swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary to manage discomfort.
  • Contact Dr. Greenwald if severe pain or swelling occurs.
  • Avoid sun exposure at least until the bruising fades (pigmentation changes can make the scars more noticeable, and the effects can be permanent).

When Dr. Greenwald’s specific instructions are followed, the final results of gynecomastia surgery can be long-lasting. However, if the condition initially resulted from the use of certain drugs (including anabolic steroids) or excess weight, the patient must refrain from using those substances and maintain a stable body weight in order to preserve the surgical outcome over the long run.

Patients in the Tampa, FL, area who are interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgery and recovery can call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199.