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Male breast reduction recovery

What to Expect During Male Breast Reduction Recovery

The recovery period plays an important role in the success of any cosmetic procedure, including male breast reduction surgery. Northern New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan is actively involved in his patients’ aftercare and is dedicated to providing them with accurate and up-to-date information to help them prepare for recovery. Here, he explains what you can expect after male breast reduction surgery.

Recovery Timeline

The initial recovery period for male breast reduction typically takes one week. During this time, patients will need to take time off work and avoid most normal activities like exercise and bending and lifting the arms above the head. Dr. Bulan will provide you with a timeline detailing when to safely resume all normal activities based on your personal healing progress. The following are general recovery guidelines for male breast reduction surgery:

  • Men with non-physically-demanding jobs can return to work a week after surgery. Those with physically-demanding jobs may be cleared to return at the two-week mark.
  • Strenuous activities (anything that increases heart rate) should be avoided for the first two weeks after surgery.
  • However, short walks around the house or neighborhood (as soon as you feel ready) are encouraged to promote good circulation.
  • Lower body activities and low-impact cardio can be resumed two weeks after surgery.
  • Upper body, chest and back exercises, including weight-bearing exercises, can be resumed four to six weeks after.

Wear Your Compression Vest as Directed

Immediately after surgery, Dr. Bulan will place a compression vest over the chest to support the tissues as they heal, and to control swelling. It is very important that you wear the compression vest as instructed. Dr. Bulan may advise you to wear your compression vest for up to four weeks to achieve the best results.

Additional Tips

For a smooth and speedy recovery, we recommend you do the following:

  • Prep your recovery space (either your bed or couch) before surgery.
  • Take care of all necessary errands or chores before surgery (your mobility will be limited after surgery).
  • Avoid sun exposure (including tanning beds) for the first six weeks post-surgery.
  • Take post-op medications as directed.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Stay well hydrated.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Most importantly, follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions.

To learn more about male breast reduction surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bulan. Contact his Northern New Jersey practice by calling (973) 467-9744 today.