The total recovery time for gynecomastia surgery is 4-6 weeks depending on how your body is healing. The first three days require total rest and recovery. In order to ensure that you do not disrupt the healing process you need to rest completely for 72 hours, and immediately after the surgery you may experience some pain, tightness and tenderness in the area. This is generally managed with pain medication and should taper off within a week. 7-10 days from the procedure is when you will have your stitches removed and a follow up visit with your surgeon.
While swelling will occur, there are ways to manage it and help reduce it more efficiently. Hydration is key – especially in the days immediately following surgery. Additionally, rest and a lower-sodium diet will help. Compression garments will be worn for 1-2 weeks and are one of the most critical elements of the post-op process. They will not only help to reduce swelling but also help the skin adjust to its new contours.
Under the assumption that there are no complications, the general recommendations are as follows. After 3 days, you will be able to slowly begin to return to normal activities but should refrain from any type of exercise and heavy lifting for at least 14 days.
Once you have hit that threshold you can begin light exercise – walking or light jogging is permissible. 3-4 weeks after you can begin more intensive exercise with the exception of chest and shoulder movements that target the pectoral muscles. After 5-6 weeks you may return to normal lifting and exercise regimens that include the pectoral muscles. Please note, these are just general guidelines and Dr. Ali will prescribe a specific post-op plan.
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