For many men who experience male breast enlargement, getting rid of their “man boobs” can seem downright impossible. That’s because without surgical intervention, it is in many cases. Male breast reduction surgery is used to help guys who experience gynecomastia, a condition that causes male breast enlargement that cannot be addressed with diet, exercise, or other lifestyle adjustments. But like any other cosmetic surgery, male breast reduction requires preparation and I wanted to discuss what guys can do to get themselves ready for their procedure.
Once you have consulted with a board-certified plastic surgeon and confirmed that gynecomastia is the cause of your male breast enlargement, the next step is choosing which plastic surgeon will be able to deliver the surgical experience and long-lasting results that you seek. Any surgeon you consider should have years of experience with male plastic surgery patients and performing male breast reduction procedures.
Once these initial steps have been completed and it’s time to get more serious about preparing for surgery, I strongly recommend taking the following measures in order to properly prepare for male breast reduction:
- Avoid tanning or excess sun exposure for two weeks before the procedure, as this can potentially increase the risk of long-term scarring.
- If you are a smoker or use any other nicotine products (including vaping), cease doing so for at least 3 weeks before and after your male breast reduction to promote good healing and reduce the risk of possible complications.
- If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to fewer than 2-3 alcoholic drinks per week in the 2 weeks leading up to your procedure.
- Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, etc.) that can increase bleeding for 2 weeks before and after your procedure.
- Make the necessary arrangements for after the procedure has taken place. This may include rides to and from surgery, as well as taking the necessary days off work for recovery, and more. All of this should be learned during the consultation and pre-op process.
- Purchase any needed compression garments in advance so that you’ll have them immediately following the completion of your surgery. Compression is generally recommended to help reduce swelling and allow the area to heal at its best.
I’ve spoken to so many men over the years who were interested in finding a solution for their male breast enlargement, but were hesitant and self-conscious about opting for plastic surgery. My hope is that people reading this will feel empowered to seek out male breast reduction and enjoy the phenomenal benefits that it can help provide. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery tips, news, and so much more.