Congratulations! You had the courage and went through with the surgery and became something you have always wanted, a stable and happy person. The obstacle that was standing between you and your happiness has finally been overcome and now, you can live a fuller and more satisfying life. But, before all of that, there are some things that you should consider in order to fully recover and never have to worry if those man boobs will come back. Here are some useful tips that can really help you if you pay attention to them.
Rest and Exercise
The first couple of days after the surgery are the most critical for a patient who had gynecomastia. It is very important to get a lot of rest, not necessarily bed rest, you can sit around the house, watch TV and relax. Avoid going out for the first couple of days. As for the movement of your body, moving the waist and elbows is OK, but don’t do any vigorous movements of the shoulders. This will speed up the recovery process and you will feel less pain. After about two weeks, go out for a walk and a light jog. For doing more extensive workouts with your legs and arms, you should wait for at least 3 weeks, and for chest and abdominal workouts, after 4-5 weeks.
Wear Compression Garments
It is most likely that your surgeon will give you some compression garments, like vests, bandages or maybe something else. Depending of the surgeon and the severity of the surgery, the time you will wear them can vary. It is recommended to wear them for at least 5 days. If the recovery is going well, you can stop wearing them after that, and if it is still tender and swollen, you need to wear them for another 5 days.
Avoid the Sun
After the gynecomastia or any surgery, you should avoid direct sun or tanning at least for 6 weeks, until the bruising and swelling on the chest settles down. This is extremely important because the sun rays can prolong the swelling and that can lead to the discoloration of the chest area, and the scarring will be more visible due to pigmentation. So, if you decide to go out on a hot summer day, a shirt is mandatory and strong sunscreen for the first couple of months.
In order for your chest to heal properly, you need to massage it daily to reduce the scar tissue. Use the palm of your hand or place your hand so that the nipple is between the thumb and the other fingers. The massage should be gentle and painless and don’t perform it during the first week of the recovery; wait a little and then massage your chest daily.
Avoid Drinking and Some Medications
Your surgeon will give you a list of instructions you have to follow after the surgery, which will also include the list of medications you should avoid for the first couple of weeks after the surgery. The most important thing is not to take any blood thinners like aspirin, any nutritional supplements and especially steroids. You should put a pause on the alcohol drinking for one week before the surgery and one after, and to totally avoid it a few days after the procedure.
Do Your Follow-Up Visits
It is important to regularly visit your surgeon after the procedure, so that everything heals properly. Your first visit should be after 5 to 7 days after the procedure, when the surgeon will remove the sutures from the procedure. After that, your next visit should be after 5 days when the surgeon will decide whether or not to remove your compression garments. If everything is alright, you well be bandage free in only 2 weeks.
These are all crucial steps for your recovery from liposuction and we suggest you to follow them. A little resting and a little effort and you will proudly walk your manly chest, feel confident and be the person you always wanted to be.
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