Men who have undergone gynecomastia surgery must take special care of themselves after the surgery. It is essential that they follow all post-op instructions without fail, even if they seem unimportant or insignificant.
Only by following the care instruction given to them can the patient hope to heal as quickly as possible and avoid the risks associated with post-surgery.
This is an extensive list of instructions for men to follow who have had gynecomastia surgery. While it is extensive, it may not be all-inclusive:
- Absolutely no driving while you are under the post op medications as they will have a narcotic effect on your body.
- Medications should be taken exactly as indicated by your doctor, and on the bottle. Antibiotic medications are generally taken for 3 days or until the drains are removed. Pain, anti-nausea, and muscle relaxants can be taken as needed. Try to take medications while you have a little food in your stomach. Space each medication by an hour.
- Since constipation is a normal effect of the pain medication and the anesthesia, use an over the counter stool softener that you have used n the past and have determined its effectiveness for your system.
- If you note a rash or any type of allergic reaction, call your doctor immediately. In the meanwhile, an over the counter allergy medication may help.
- Do not perform any type of exercise for at least 4 weeks after surgery. A follow-up appointment will let you know what you are able to do after that time period.
- Do not shower for one week after surgery. Stay out of the ocean, jacuzzis, and pools for 8 weeks after surgery, or until the incisions are completely healed over.
- No sun exposure or tanning of any kind until the incisions are completely healed.
- Compression vests must be worn for one complete month after surgery.
- Do not remove the compression garment after surgery. The doctor or staff will help you to remove it at your one week post op visit.
- After wearing the compression garment for one week, it will be removed for you and you can wash it and dry it. Wear this garment for one full month.
- If you’ve had liposuction, the areas have to be massaged daily to help break up any lumps or bumps. Use any lotion that you like. Massage the areas in gentle circular motions for ten minutes.
- Do not shower until the compression vest has been removed.
- For one week following surgery, move your feet back and forth to provide circulation to your lower limbs.
- For one week after surgery, do deep breathing exercises.
- You may need extra pillows post op to help keep you comfortable. Soft surfaces are necessary to rest on. Be sure not to cause any creasing to the areas that were worked on by the way you are sitting or reclining.
- Post surgical areas may be numb for a while and often can take quite some time to feel normal again. It is normal for you to feel some burning or soreness.
- Patients may take Arnica to reduce bruising and swelling.
- Swelling is to be expected for a few months after surgery.
- Within the first 30 days of the surgery, patients may experience a 50% reduction in the treated area. It may take as long as one full year to see complete results.
- Scar creams or ointments can be applied to the incisions three weeks after surgery, if the incision looks healthy and if there are no open wounds or scabs.
- Do not be alarmed at drainage or seepage from the incision during the healing period.
- Call your doctor if you experience excessive pain, excessive bleeding, or a temperature that is over 100 degrees.
- You may not see complete results for one full year after surgery. Sutures can take time to dissolve. As the sutures reach the surface, remove them gently. Be patient while you await results.
- Your doctor may expect you to send photos at one month and 3 and 6 month intervals, as well as one year post surgery, if you do not live close to the office.
It is essential to keep a close eye on the incisions, to keep them clean and dry, under compression, and to report to your doctor anything unusual or otherwise concerning to you. Rest is of utmost importance, not to strenuously overwork, actively move about, or contort the body into a position that will compromise the incisions.
Your health should be equally maintained by eating well, meaning nutritionally impactful meals, taking a quality daily vitamin that contributes all of the vitamins and nutrients that a healing body needs. Fruits and vegetables build and cleanse the body, are are needed to heal properly.
Fast foods and junk foods will not give your body an optimum chance of healing in a timely manner.
It is equally important to make all of your scheduled appointments post surgery so that you can be examined to see if your incisions are healing properly, and that your body, as a whole, is healing.
Your release after the surgery is in no way an indication that your relationship with your surgeon has come to an end; this will continue for at least a year after the operation.
Follow all of the instructions that you were given at your release, visit your doctor as often as indicated, and you will be on your way to the best possible results from breast reduction surgery.