Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery Tips
For many men, regardless of how long they might spend at the gym or otherwise working on their physique, overdeveloped or enlarged breasts can destroy self-confidence or cause them to avoid certain physical activities or even intimacy with others. This condition is called gynecomastia and it can affect men at any age.
Gynecomastia can be caused by several factors, including hormonal changes, excess weight, or excess development of the glandular tissue of the breasts. Regardless of the cause, gynecomastia generally presents itself as overly large breasts in men, either with both sides being disproportionately large or with one side larger than the other.
Fortunately, breast reduction surgery for men is a safe and proven way to reduce the size of overly developed breasts. Whether the enlargement is caused by the over-development of fatty tissue or glands, your surgeon will use a liposuction or excision procedure to reduce the volume of tissue in the breast and create a toned and proportional look.
While it is a more invasive procedure than other treatments, most men can return to unrestricted activity within a month and depending on their specific job, may return to work as early as a week after surgery. Initially, patients are advised to take at least 2 weeks of rest, and protect their chest from aggressive movement or use.
In some cases, drains will remain in place during the first 2 weeks. Since this is the primary time of recovery, pain and general swelling will subside during the third and fourth weeks. So long as a healthy and active lifestyle is maintained, the results will be permanent, and there is no need for follow-up surgeries or treatments.
If you are a male suffering from gynecomastia and want to regain your confidence with a smaller or more proportional chest, call Dr. Donna Krummen in Cincinnati, OH, at 513-985-0850, or visit www.krummenplasticsurgery.com to schedule an appointment, today. Dr. Krummen and her expert staff will provide a thorough examination and work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your situation.