chest reduction surgery - the procedure

Before your male chest reduction surgery

  • You may be advised to lose some weight prior to your chest reduction surgery for better results.
  • You will be able to discuss your expectations.
  • Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication.

The day of your male chest reduction surgery.

  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and draw marks around the areas to be treated.
  • He will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.
  • When you wake up from your anaesthetic you will have a support garment applied.
  • Some blood-stained fluid will seep from the wound and the Nurses will need to change your dressings until it stops.
  • You will be offered painkillers and may be given antibiotics.

Going home after male chest reduction surgery

  • Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise how long to stay off work - usually between one and two weeks.
  • You will need to rest for 48 hours and avoid bending and heavy lifting.
  • You can expect to experience some bruising and welling but this should subside after one to two weeks.
  • You will be asked not to remove your support garment until your first post-operative visit to the clinic - general hygiene can be maintained through strip washes rather than baths and showers, ensuring that the operated area remains dry and covered.
  • It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.
  • You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from male chest reduction surgery

  • Stitches are usually dissolvable and so do not need to be removed.
  • The area heals quickly with scars fading well.
  • An elastic garment will need to be worn for a week.
  • You can generally expect to return to work within a few days.

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