Male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) is a common problem that makes men feels embarrassed and self-conscious. Fortunately, gynecomastia surgery is available, and many men are choosing to undergo surgery rather than suffer in silence. But how long is recovery from gynecomastia surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction surgery) may involve surgical excision, liposuction, or both; it really depends on the specific needs of the patient. Excision is recommended for patients that predominantly have excess breast tissue and skin; whereas liposuction is suggested for patients with breasts that contain mainly fat.
How long is recovery from gynecomastia surgery?
The length of recovery from gynecomastia surgery varies, depending on the type of surgery done. Healing after liposuction is generally shorter, as it takes approximately one week, but recovery after surgical excision may take 2-4 weeks.
Patients are generally able to go back to work 7-10 days after gynecomastia surgery, but this can be earlier depending on their type of work. However, heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
What to expect during recovery
Recovery after gynecomastia surgery is generally straightforward and pain-free. Patients can expect to experience some tenderness, tightness, and swelling at the incision sites, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few days. Patients are usually able to go back to the gym after 2 weeks, as long as there are no complications.
Most patients are back to normal after about 6 weeks, and by that time the chest will look noticeably flatter, firmer, and more masculine (learn more).
Are you ready to get the contoured chest you desire?
If you are in the New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or New Jersey, NY areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Vitolo M.D. for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Vitolo at drvitolo.com, or by calling (718) 667-0890.