Male breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess breast tissue in men who are experiencing gynecomastia. This procedure results in a flatter and more classically masculine chest and can help men feel more confident about their appearance.
Preparing for male breast reduction surgery is important to ensure that the procedure and recovery proceed as smoothly as possible. In this post, The Plastic Surgery Center, a top Sacramento plastic surgery practice, discusses how to prepare for male breast reduction.
Get Clearance for Surgery
Your plastic surgeon may require you to undergo some tests before approving you for surgery. Make sure you get all lab tests, X-rays, and other medical evaluation completed in advance of surgery. Your plastic surgeon needs this information to make sure you are in good health and physically able to undergo the male breast reduction procedure.
Adjust Your Medications
Give your plastic surgeon a list of all the medications you are currently taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or supplements. Follow your plastic surgeon’s directions carefully regarding how to adjust your medications before surgery.
Smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery and inhibits proper healing afterwards. Tell your plastic surgeon if you are a smoker and follow their instructions regarding tobacco use prior to surgery. You will typically be required to stop smoking for a period of at least two weeks prior to surgery. Be advised that you will also need to refrain from smoking during your recovery.
Plan Your Recovery
Speaking of your recovery, bed rest after your procedure is imperative. Make arrangements for your recovery period ahead of time to reduce your stress levels after the procedure.
Some tasks you should complete to be prepared for your recovery include the following:
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.
- Take at least one week off from work following the procedure. You may need to take more time off if your job requires physical labor, or if your surgeon advises more recovery time.
- Find a family member or caregiver to be with you for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
- Take care of any chores and stock up on household items and groceries, so you don’t have to worry about these things during your recovery.
If you have any other questions about preparing for your male breast reduction procedure, consult your plastic surgeon.
Regain Your Masculinity and Confidence
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with additional instructions customized to your needs and goals. Contact The Plastic Surgery Center to schedule an in-person consultation and learn more about male breast reduction surgery.