Male breast reduction can be a terrific way for guys to get rid of their enlarged breasts and improve the contour of their chest. During surgery, I am able to reduce the male breast and even use fat removed during the procedure to enhance the pectoral muscles and create a more masculine physique. The goal of male breast reduction is to help men feel better about their chest contour and feel more comfortable and confident with their shirts off. Like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, male breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia requires a little preparation. During all male breast reduction consultations, I provide my patients thorough preoperative instructions and answer any questions they may have about their procedure.
For patients seeking additional advice on how to prepare themselves, here are some general tips courtesy of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for patients trying to get ready for male breast reduction surgery:
- Avoid tanning for two weeks before your procedure, as this can potentially increase the risk of long-term scarring.
- Eliminate all tobacco/nicotine consumption for at least 3 weeks before and after your procedure to promote good healing.
- Limit yourself to less than 2-3 alcoholic drinks per week while preparing for your procedure.
- Stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, etc.) that can increase bleeding for 2 weeks before and after your procedure.
- Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated to aid in your recovery.
- Schedule 2-4 days off work for recovery (or longer for jobs that require more strenuous labor).
- Arrange a ride to and from your surgery and someone to look after you that night
- Purchase your compression garments in advance to have them immediately following your procedure. Also have loose, comfortable shirts to wear during the first few weeks after your procedure.
For more information on male breast reduction or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional news and updates.