5 Tips for Managing Swelling After Man Boob Surgery

swelling after man boob surgery

New York patients nearly always ask how to minimize swelling after they have male breast reduction. It’s no wonder when you think about it—after waiting months or years to get rid of their moobs, guys can’t wait to see the results of their procedure!

We advise patience, first of all. It does take weeks for the majority of swelling to subside, and given the changes the chest goes through, results can’t really be considered final for a few months.

If you’re planning gynecomastia surgery, there are measures you can take to ensure you don’t experience more swelling than necessary. Here’s the list:

    1) Rest: Many of our patients feel pretty good after their procedure, and if this is the case for you it can be tempting to rest less than you should. Even if you do feel you could go back to work in a couple of days, or wash the car, or go out with friends—refrain for a bit longer. Remember that your body needs time to devote its resources to healing rather than other activities.

    2) Compression: Wear your compression garment—it’s one of the most effective things you can do to keep swelling under control. We understand it’s not your most comfortable outfit, but it’s only for a few weeks and it’s worthwhile. Occasionally we do have a New York man boobs patient who is extremely bothered by the garment. If you find this to be the case, call us. We may be able to make some suggestions.

    3) Elevation: As you rest, it’s best if you can keep the upper part of your body elevated as much as possible. When you’re relaxing, use a recliner or lounge chair if you have one. At night, raise your head and shoulders on pillows and sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side can cause lopsided swelling. If you think you may have trouble with this, let us know. We can talk about how to make it work. For instance, taking melatonin for a time may help you sleep easier, and you can surround your body with pillows to keep from turning.

    4) Eat healthy: You might know that some foods can contribute to inflammation—sugary and fatty foods are good examples. So, lay off the doughnuts! Red meat has also been found to be pro-inflammatory; if you crave burgers try a meatless variety. You should also know, says the Mayo Clinic, that certain foods can help fight inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish and nuts can be beneficial as can the antioxidants found in colorful fruits and vegetables.

    5) Limit arm movements: As you heal, especially in the first few days, try to keep arm movements limited as much as you can. Motion near the chest can cause additional swelling. And we can’t stress this enough: avoid strenuous activity—and certainly weightlifting—until we give you the go-ahead. Even after you get the green light to exercise again, it’s a good idea to wear your compression garment afterward for a while.

As you prepare for man boob surgery in New York with us, we will give you comprehensive information about all aspects of your procedure, including what to expect afterward. We’ll acquaint you with swelling basics you may not know:

    • It generally peaks a few days after surgery, not right away
    • Swollen areas can feel soft or hard
    • Fluid doesn’t necessarily dissipate in a linear way—it can come and go
    • Your chest may swell more on one side than another

During your pre-op appointment we’ll also talk with you about measures you may want to consider, such as taking arnica montana and trying massage after surgery (when we give you the green light). We’ll also caution you about ideas to avoid, such as icing and warm compresses.

Most of all we’ll be sure you know we’re here for you. We’ll provide you a phone number you can call night or day with any concerns.

Ready to get started? Contact us and tell us about yourself. We look forward to hearing from you.

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