One week before your Gynecomastia surgery you should adjust your diet and lifestyle to ensure that you are best prepared for your surgery.
You should have already declared any prescription medication to your surgeon and received separate advice on these.
1. After surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you could feel a little weak. You may require help the first few times you get out of bed.
2. DO NOT SMOKE FOR AT LEAST A WEEK AFTER SURGERY – This is very important.
3. Most people experience muscle soreness as opposed to sharp pains for about 5-7 days after surgery. The pain medication we have prescribed should relieve your discomfort. You may take the pain medication every 4-6 hours as needed for the first 2-3 days after the surgery. It is best to take pain medication with food. Do not drink alcohol while taking pain medication.
4. It is important to refrain from any strenuous activities for 2 weeks after surgery. Keep the heart rate below 100 beats per minute and do not lift objects heavier than 10 pounds.
5. The compression garment and foam padding must be worn 24 hours for 2 weeks. This is to minimise scarring, promote healing and maximise your postoperative result. You may remove the garment beginning on the 3rd day before showering.
6. After 2 weeks you only need to wear the compression garment at night. Many patients continue to wear the garment for comfort.
7. Massage to the surgical sites will help increase circulation and alleviate the hardness felt underneath the skin. Do not over-massage as this will cause inflammation. And wait around a week or so until the wounds have healed.
8. All incisions will be extremely sensitive to sunlight during the healing phase. Direct sun or tanning booths should be avoided and use a sunscreen with SPF 20 or greater (with both UVA and UVB protection) for at least 6 months.
· Many patients say that the pain equivalent of gynecomastia is similar to having an extremely hard workout and/or skin sunburn. The pain is not sharp but more of an ache.
· The body retains fluids in response to surgery so do not expect to see any immediate breast loss for the first 2-3 weeks. In the long run you will see more of a change in the way your clothes fit rather than a decrease in weight.
· Swelling and bruising are normal following surgery. Bruising could be apparent for as long as 3-4 months afterward. The bruises will move down your body as they are absorbed.
· It is normal to have itching and/or numbness following surgery in the areas that underwent gynecomastia. This will gradually subside over the next 2-3 months.
It is advisable to attend/book follow up appointments with your surgeon at 6 months, 12 months or as you require after your breast reduction procedure. You may be able to have these consultations via Skype.
Be proactive in making these appointments with your surgeons secretary.
If you need immediate/urgent care, please call Matthew at any time on 07855 565558.
You will leave the surgery in a compression vest. It is advisable to purchase an additional vest. The adjustable compression vest from ES Garments is Surgery Groups’ recommended vest.
Our patients receive a 10% discount by entering the code SGL10 at the checkout.
To read more about compression garments please read our blog article Compression is Key