Gynaecomastia Surgery
(Male Breast Reduction Surgery)

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After Surgery

  1. The compression garment will put on to make you more comfortable and is important to help achieve the desired result. These should be worn for up to six to eight weeks following surgery.
  2. It is important not to bend over, pick up heavy objects or stain (ie constipation etc) as this can lead to the rare complication of causing a bleed in the tissues. Please keep your intake of roughage, fruit and vegetables high.
  3. Following surgery do call the office immediately if you develop a temperature, notice excessive swelling, bruising, persistent vomiting or excessive pain.
  4. It is normal to feel tired for a few days following surgery, get as much sleep and rest as possible.
  5. Almost all patients develop a case of ‘Post Op’ blues several days after surgery and question why they have gone through with the surgery. This is perfectly normal and temporary and your spirits will improve as you see the postoperative bruising and swelling subside and disappear. Try reading, watching TV or listening to music to occupy yourself.
  6. Bruising will improve on a daily basis but often takes two to three weeks to completely go. Do not be surprised when bruises move as gravity pulls them down the tissues.
  7. Swelling is often at its worse on the second day after surgery and then will start to reduce on a daily basis. The majority of the swelling should have subsided after the first month after surgery.
  8. After surgery patients study the operated area in fine detail and their awareness of the changes made and natural differences from one side to the other will be greatly heightened.
  9. I use minimal dressings which are splash proof to allow people to shower and keep clean.
  10. The sutures used are normally dissolvable and do not need removal.
  11. Vitamin E oil gently massaged into your scars is beneficial approximately three weeks after surgery. Initially scars feel lumpy when touched. The majority of this will settle down and soften over the first six weeks and will continue to fade over the next 12 to 18 months.
  12. Avoid sun on your scars for 6 weeks following surgery. Wear a good sun block if in a sunny climate and also a hat if you have had facial surgery.
  13. You should refrain from strenuous physical activity including impact exercises for 6 to 8 weeks following surgery.
  14. Do not expect miracles overnight! A good idea about the final result from your surgery will be obtained at approximately 6 weeks but the optimal results can be 6 months of more.
  15. We are here to look after you and answer any questions and reassure you if you have any concerns.