Male breast reduction aftercare
What can I expect after a male breast reduction?
Knowing what is involved in your male breast reduction aftercare can help relieve any anxiety you may have. You will be able to return home on the same day of your procedure or the following day. Your surgeon will arrange a post-operative appointment before you leave the hospital. During this appointment, they will examine you, change any dressings and remove any non-dissolvable stitches.
You will be unable to drive for 5 days to 2 weeks after your surgery depending on your surgeon’s advice. It is therefore vital that you arrange for someone to take you home after your treatment.
What will the aftercare involve?
Male breast reduction aftercare has many aspects. We have listed some general advice below, but it is very important that you follow the specific advice that your surgeon gives you and follow the time-frames they provide.
You will be given an elastic pressure garment to wear after your procedure. You must wear this day and night for the first few weeks following surgery. Your surgeon will tell you exactly how long you need to keep this on for. Your breasts will be very sensitive for several weeks, and it may take a few months for them to settle completely.
Showering & bathing
You may not be able to shower or bathe for 24 hours to a few days after surgery. You will also need to avoid using hot tubs, saunas and swimming pools for two to three weeks. Your surgeon will give you specific time-frames for this.
Your surgeon may recommend some scar reducing techniques to help the healing of your scars. These can include:
Your surgeon may or may not recommend that you do a gentle scar massage after your incision has fully healed. You should wait until the scab completely disappears on its own, then use a light cream, oil or scar gel to massage all areas of the scar.
Silicone sheets, gels or creams
Silicone has been clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of scars. You can use a gel, cream or some silicone sheets to apply over your scar once the incision heals. If your surgeon advises you to use this, you must follow their specific instructions.
Protection from the sun
It is very important to keep your scars out of the sun. Exposing your scars to the sun may make them go darker. Usually, scars tend to be red and raised in the first few weeks after surgery. They will then change to purple in the following 3 months. From that point onwards, they fade to light lines and may eventually fade completely.
Return to work
The type of job you have will affect how much time you need to take off to recover. If your job involves a lot of physical activity, e.g. childcare or waitressing, you will need to take at least 2 weeks off work. If you have a desk job or a job that requires less activity, you should take around 7 to 10 days off work.
In any case, you should avoid even light household duties for at least 2 to 4 weeks.
Although it is important for you to get plenty of rest after your procedure, you should take some short, like walks around the house as soon as possible. This helps reduce the risk of blood clots developing in your legs.
In regards to sports and exercise, you should avoid all sports and exercises for the first 3 weeks after your surgery. Even light, aerobic exercises might increase swelling in the breasts.
After 3 weeks, you can continue to do light exercises such as cycling, but you must not do any heavy lifting or contact sports. When 6 weeks have passed, you can resume all kinds of sports and exercise.
As soon as your procedure is over, you will be able to see a difference in the size and shape of your chest. You should keep in mind, however, that it may take up 6 months before you can appreciate the full results.
Remember to follow all the specific instructions your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon gives you in regards to your male breast reduction aftercare. This will help you achieve the best results possible from your surgery.