Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek language and means “woman-like breasts.” Though few people talk about it openly, gynecomastia is quite common, affecting an estimated 40 to 60% of men. It can affect one breast or both. Some drugs and medical problems are linked to gynecomastia, but there is no known cause in many cases. At Sanctuary Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, Gynecomastia is handled by undergoing male breast reduction surgery.
How Long Will I Need to Recover After Male Breast Reduction?
Following your breast reduction procedure, you will have some swelling and bruising and feel some discomfort for a few days, controlled with medication. Depending on the extent of tissue or fat removal, you may need to wear an elastic pressure garment 24 hours a day for the first week or two and during your sleep hours for an additional two to four weeks. It may take up to three months or longer for the final results to be achieved. Any sutures that are not absorbable will be removed in your postoperative visit one to two weeks following the procedure.
We recommend avoiding any sexual activity for a week or two and any heavy exercise for three to four weeks. You will want to avoid any activity that could pose a risk of a blow to the chest area for at least a month. If you enjoy sunbathing, we recommend staying out of the sun for at least six months, as sunlight can permanently affect the skin’s pigmentation causing the scar to be darker than it would be without sun exposure.