Dr. Livingston will provide you with detailed instructions on how to proceed after surgery. Every man’s recovery process will be different, but for ideal results it is essential that you follow Dr. Livingston’s specific directions based on your individual situation. In some cases recovery will require patients to wear support garments or drainage tubes while they heal. While this will not be the case for every patient, it is important that the patient understands this possibility when going into the surgery and that they plan for an appropriate amount of time to recover.
After the surgery you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home because you will be unable to operate heavy machinery. You may also experience swelling and bruising, especially near incision sites. Plan to spend several days recuperating, so your body can fully heal, before gradually returning to your normal routine.
While every patient’s recovery time is different, the first three days after surgery are the most crucial. Within the first three days it is essential that the recovering patients gets plenty of rest and keeps their physical activity to a minimum. Movements with the waist and elbow are acceptable, but any strenuous movements using their shoulders or lifting their arms vertically must be restricted.
Most patients can start to acclimate back into their normal routine after two weeks of recovery, this includes activities like prolonged walking and light jogging. Within the two and half to three week timeframe, patients can begin to engage in more extensive workouts as long as they refrain from using their pectoral muscles. Over the next three to four weeks patients will be able to begin to build up their workout intensity and at the four to five week time mark will be able to participate in full-fledged chest, abdominal, and back exercises.
Exhaustion is common during the recovery period as a result of the anesthesia. Doctors highly recommend taking time off work to recover. Patients will need to nap when necessary so their bodies heal faster.
For long-lasting results, the patient needs to ensure that they are making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. If the patient begins to eat unhealthy and neglects to exercise, they run the risk of gynecomastia returning. Sticking to a healthy, disciplined routine is the best way to guarantee the most positive results.
Please contact your surgeon if you experience any of the following symptoms after your surgery:
- Chest pain
- Change in heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Psychological stress adjusting to your new body
Please note that some degree of shortness of breath is normal, particularly the day after surgery. Your doctor should provide you with breathing exercises to help expand your muscles for greater oxygen intake. If these don’t help, or you continue to feel light-headed or dizzy from improper breathing, let your surgeon know immediately.
Dr. Livingston is trained to provide you with optimal aftercare for your unique circumstances. Livingston Plastic Surgery will guide you through the next steps needed to clear up any complications.