- How long is the downtime after gynecomastia procedure?
The downtime really varies on a patient-to-patient basis. It depends on the severity of the gynecomastia, the techniques involved, and the patient’s physical traits. Generally, a 1-2 hour liposuction and incision procedure has a downtime of about 48-72 hours. But rigorous physical activities are not recommended until after 4-6 weeks.
- What are patients not allowed to do after gynecomastia surgery?
As mentioned above, a gynecomastia procedure usually entails just 48-72 hours before a patient can go back to light day to day activities. Heavy strenuous work an exercise should be avoided for about 4 weeks after surgery to lessen the risks of post-operative complications and speed up the healing process.
- Are patients allowed to go out of town after surgery?
Patients should stay within the vicinity of their health care providers for at least one week since there will be follow-up visits with the surgeon during that time. Going out of town with the doctor’s clearance is always the best option.
- Why are patients required to wear compression garments?
Compression garments are important for keeping the swelling down, reducing the bruising, and minimizing discomfort. The elastic of the garment helps the thinned skin adhering to the muscles that the healing process can be facilitated.
Additionally, compression garments prevents unnecessary fluid build up and assists in achieving a smoother contour of the area.
- What are the different kinds of compression garments?
There are various kinds of post-op garments that patients can choose from. There are gynecomastia compression shirts, compression vests, girdle bodysuits, and the concealer types. In most cases, patients are later advised to use the exercise compression garment after 4-6 weeks. This type of garment provides extra support when going back to a more active lifestyle. The kind of compression garment to be used is always advised by the surgeon.
- How tight should the compression garment be?
The compression garment should be firm enough to keep the swelling down, but not overly tight. Skin necrosis is a possible effect if the compression is too much. It should feel snug but should not interfere with breathing.
Surgeons usually evaluate the size of the compression garment needed right after the surgery is done and put it on the patient right at the operating room. It is important to communicate with the surgeon if there are additional discomforts felt. Also, it is essential to buy the correct exercise garment when required after the 4-6 week period.