The Wonderful-Sometimes Wacky-World of Healing
When we consult with patients about male breast reduction in New York, we cover many topics. None is more important for a patient to think about than the healing process.
Take a look at any skilled, experienced gynecomastia surgeon’s before and after male breast reduction photos – a complete portfolio, not just a few of the best shots – and you’ll see results that range from good to superior. Let’s assume that the operations typically go very well and that the patients follow doctor’s post-op orders exactly. What makes the difference in surgical outcomes?
Mother Nature’s hand in the healing process. The somewhat unpredictable role she plays as our bodies recover from cosmetic surgery.
When it suffers any trauma, even a planned procedure, the body begins to heal itself with some measure of swelling and bruising. How much occurs can definitely be influenced by factors like diet – and after surgery by a compression garment and by taking it easy – but to a large extent the amount and duration of swelling and bruising is impossible to forecast.
The next tool the body uses to repair itself is scar tissue, both on surface skin and underneath. Scar tissue begins to form a few days post-op and continues for several weeks. Some will eventually break down, but some will remain. Again, the amount, placement and ultimate look scar tissue lends to any patient’s results is largely unpredictable. (Massage and cortisone treatment can help if needed.)
Finally, there’s the fact that men, like women, have two breasts. They may actually behave quite differently during the recovery period. While this may be understandable from an objective point of view, it sometimes causes patients distress until things even out.
So what’s the key to a smooth healing process and the best outcome possible for you?
In a word, RELAX!
Again, let’s figure that you’re in good shape overall, you’ve chosen a board certified gynecomastia specialist and followed orders to the letter. The best advice we can give based on three decades of male breast reduction in New York is…RELAX! During the weeks and months following surgery, do not panic if one side of your chest swells more than the other. Don’t feel your nipples and wonder if you’re sensing stray breast gland, scar tissue or something else. It takes months for your final results to fall in place. The healthiest thing you can do for yourself after surgery is to limit stress and let Mother Nature take its course.
When about six months have passed and you’ve visited your plastic surgeon for the final check up, our advice remains the same: RELAX! Some patients will obsess about “what’s in there” and look in the mirror dozens of times a day. Others will point out tiny defects present prior to surgery but never noticed before. We understand why: after fretting about man boobs for years, it’s natural for patients to continue to be hyper-vigilant.
Here’s the ultimate key to post-op happiness to consider. Whether your results are “very good” or “terrific” is largely up to your plastic surgeon, partly up to you and partly up to Mother Nature. Most important, if you look “much better” after surgery the goal has been met. You can go about the rest of your life and put worries about man boobs behind you.
We invite you to come in for a consultation with us, or, if you don’t live near Manhattan, arrange a phone consultation. We would be very happy to meet you and share what we’ve learned over the years. Call our Park Avenue office at 212-570-6080.