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If you are a man living with gynecomastia—a condition characterized by puffy, tender, feminine-looking breasts—you are not alone. Enlarged male breasts are common, and gynecomastia impacts an estimated one in four men aged 50 to 69.

Healthy man eating a salad to maintain plastic surgery results.

Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, is a surgical procedure that removes breast tissue to create a smooth, contoured result that looks and feels masculine. Any skin excess usually contracts spontaneously without the need for excision with unsightly scars.

It can take several weeks to fully recover from gynecomastia surgery, depending on which technique is used, your age, and your personal medical profile. 

Here are four things you need to do to achieve a quick, successful recovery:

1. Get Plenty of Rest

Take it easy for a few weeks after your surgery, as your body needs time to heal. The anesthesia, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs used can leave you feeling somewhat fatigued, so don’t be surprised if you feel like you need to take afternoon naps or head to bed earlier than you usually do for a couple of weeks.

2. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, and proteins goes a long way towards your recovery from gynecomastia surgery. Your body needs plenty of hydration, fiber, vitamins, and minerals during this time, plus a balanced diet in order to replenish your blood with the protein and iron needed for strength and stamina so you can resume an active lifestyle.

3. Take Care of Your Incisions

You will likely have some form of compression dressing that needs to be worn as much as possible during the first two weeks after your procedure. This compression helps control swelling, supports the surgical site, and reduces stress on the incisions, and that goes a long way towards reducing the appearance of scars and unwanted stretch marks.

Gently clean your incisions following your post-op instructions, and change any dressings or bandages as directed by your plastic surgeon or nurse.

4. Enjoy Moderate, Low-Impact Exercise

While you will need to refrain from strenuous physical activity, including lifting weights, playing tennis, or moving heavy items, for six to eight weeks following your gynecomastia surgery, that does not mean refraining from exercise altogether.

Focus on daily low-impact activities, such as going for a leisurely walk outside or on a treadmill. Moving your body is great for your physical and mental well-being, and it is an important part of your recovery. Be sure to consult with your plastic surgeon before introducing upper body workouts, team sports, and high-intensity exercises.

Have Questions About Gynecomastia Surgery?

If you are a man living with gynecomastia, male breast reduction could help you achieve a masculine, contoured chest. Dr. Hiatt is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which ensures that he has the training and experience to provide a safe and effective procedure. He is also a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Aesthetic Society (ASAPS). To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt, please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form

We look forward to helping you achieve the appearance you desire!