What is the Recovery Time for Gynecomastia Surgery?

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.

If you are interested in finding out more about how Dr. Ali can help you through the process of managing your gynecomastia contact us today! And make sure to check out Dr. Ali’s free whitepaper on your options for gynecomastia surgery.

Breast Reduction – Could It Change Your Life?

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a safe and effective option for women with large, heavy breasts. Women with large breasts may not only be dissatisfied with their body image, but also experience physical pain and discomfort, including back or shoulder pain. In addition, women may also suffer from skin irritation, bra strap indentations, concerns with posture, headaches, and even physical limitations with activities and exercise.

The best candidates for this surgery include:

  • Women whose breasts are fully developed and breasts are enlarged (generally, a size D or larger)
  • Healthy women who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers (smoking may delay healing and increase the risk of complications).

A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon at Amae Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center is the first step to learn if you are a candidate for the procedure. Dr. Ali can explain how a reduction mammoplasty can improve the appearance of your breasts and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, misshapen breasts.

How do I prepare for breast reduction?

Preparation for your breast reduction surgery includes:

  • Evaluation of your general health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examination of your breasts, photographs, and possible detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Discussing your options, recommending a course of treatment, including any risks or complications
  • Discussing the use of anesthesia during your procedure

The success and safety of your breast reduction procedure depends on you being completely open and honest during your consultation. Being able to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcomes, along with a thorough medical evaluation will help lead to the best end result.

If you are currently considering this procedure, or are just interested in collecting more information at this time, please contact us.

Men and Plastic Surgery

More men are electing to have plastic surgery. In fact, men now account for 10% of plastic surgery procedures. The most popular procedures are male breast reduction, liposuction for “love handles,” nose jobs and pectoral or calf implants.

Like women, men have varying reasons for undergoing plastic surgery, but a common theme is that many men want to look their best in the highly competitive work market. Most men are striving for a younger-looking version of themselves rather than a correction or enhancement that would make a fundamental change.

The male physique is different than the female physique and for that reason men should seek out a plastic surgeon experienced in performing procedures on men. For men interested in a rejuvenating procedure, contact Dr. Ali for an initial consultation.