What to do when you go home after Male Breast Reduction
After male breast reduction surgery, you should arrange to have someone drive you home and to help you out for a day or two if needed.
Will I be in pain?
You will feel some discomfort for a few days after surgery. However, discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
What about swelling and bruising?
You’ll be swollen and bruised for a while. To help reduce swelling, you’ll probably be instructed to wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two, and for a few weeks longer at night.
How soon can I be up and about again?
You’ll be encouraged to begin walking around on the day of surgery.
When will my stitches be removed?
Any stitches will generally be removed about 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure.
Should I avoid sunlight?
You should avoid exposing the resulting scars to the sun for at least six months. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin’s pigmentation, causing the scar to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a strong sunblock.
Will I experience loss of feeling on my nipples?
After the surgery, it is normal for the area around the nipple and lower breast to feel different. This only usually lasts for a couple of months, although in some patients it can take much longer.
What if my nipples were moved?
If so, the loss of feeling on the nipples will probably be permanent.
What if fluids drain from the wound?
This is normal. However, if there is severe pain or bleeding, contact a doctor.
Will my breasts feel tender?
Your breasts will ache and feel tender for a couple of weeks.
When can I become active again?
You can usually get back to light work in 2 to 3 weeks. Plan to spend this time at home engaging in light activities such as reading and watching television. It might be a good idea to gather a supply of your favourite books, magazines DVDs.
What about lifting and carrying?
You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks.
When can I return to work?
You can return to work and resume most normal activities after three weeks and begin exercise after six weeks.
When will the full results of the surgery be apparent?
Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be three months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
How can I prepare at home before surgery?
- Unless you have someone who can cook for you, you should shop for food and treats such as prepared meals, frozen dinners, puddings and such. You can also cook a few meals ahead of time and freeze portions. Instead of heavy 2-litre bottles, buy bendable straws and canned drinks.
- Clean your house – or have it cleaned. You are not going to be up to housecleaning for at least a few days after your surgery, and probably longer.
- Take out the rubbish, recycling, etc. so you don’t have to worry about it when you get home after your procedure.
- Do all your laundry and change the sheets on the bed.
- Make a “Things to Do” list (pay bills, change thermostat settings, errands, feed the pets, whatever) to remind your significant other what needs to be done.
- Purchase all of your medications, vitamins and bandages beforehand so that you have them ready.
- Place all medications either in a weekly pill case or in labelled containers. Mark the containers with the day and time you need to take them.
- Ask a friend or neighbour to look after your pet until you”re on your feet again.
- Have a table by your bed or reclining chair prepared with all of your medications, ample light, bottled water, a few packages of crackers, remote control (with new batteries!) and your phone.
- Have a night light set up so you don’t fall during late night bathroom trips.”Medications can make you disoriented.
- Get some extra blankets, since you may get the chills after surgery.
- Place anything you usually need on a daily basis at hip level or on counters so that you don’t have to reach up or bend down. This means canned and dry goods in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom.
- Have your dressing gown and slippers nearby. Get slippers with non-slip soles, since you will be a bit unsteady on your feet for a few days.
- Have a few comfortable oversized shirts that open from the front on hand, as well as some loose elastic or drawstring sweat pants or pyjama bottoms.
- You may want “black out” shades or curtains at your windows so that when you do get to sleep – regardless of the hours – you can stay asleep.
- If you think television, video games, or reading are eventually going to bore you or stress your eyes, have a CD or tape player on hand with your favourite relaxing music.
- Put crockery, cups and other frequently used items in low, easy-to-reach places.
- Have lots of pillows on hand.
What if something goes wrong?
Contact your surgeon immediately if you:
- Experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats.
- Notice any signs of infection.
- Experience bleeding.
- Experience a sudden increase in pain.
Find out more
Only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to understand the risks, benefits and expected outcomes of this procedure.
If you would like to find out more about male breast reduction surgery or arrange a consultation, contact us today on 08707 606 555, or by completing our online enquiry form for an immediate response.