Gynecomastia surgery, more commonly known as male breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery designed to reduce the size of larger-than-normal male breasts. This surgery can be life-changing for men who suffer from gynecomastia. In this condition, the chest area appears more feminine than masculine due to excess fat or glandular tissue in the chest area. If you are considering this type of surgery, here’s all you need to know.
Gynecomastia can result from various factors, including hormonal imbalances, certain medications, excessive weight gain, and aging. In some cases, it can even be hereditary. Unfortunately, no exercise or dieting can fix gynecomastia; however, many men choose to undergo breast reduction surgery to correct this issue and achieve a more masculine physique.
The procedure typically begins with an incision along the lower border of the nipple or in the armpit. Depending on the patient’s needs, the surgeon removes any excess skin or glandular tissue around the chest area using liposuction or excisional techniques. The incisions are then closed with sutures and bandaged with medical dressing before wearing compression garments which will help promote healing and reduce swelling during recovery.
Once your surgery is complete, you should take some time off work (typically one week), so your body has plenty of time to rest and recover. During this time, your doctor may advise you not to engage in strenuous activities, such as lifting or running, as these could disrupt the healing process. To help speed up recovery, you should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during this period. Maintaining a clean and dry bandage at all times will also prevent infection at the surgical site.
Usually, after a week or two, patients can return to light exercises, like walking. It is best to wait a month or two before strenuous exercise. It will only take a few days for you to return to work and regular activities. Exercises that target the chest, such as weight training, should be avoided for up to six weeks.
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