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Gynecomastia Surgery – What You Need to Know Before Surgery

What to know before Gynecomastia surgery

Thinking about Gynecomastia Surgery? Things you need to know before undergoing surgery!

Get off NICOTINE. And this means all forms of nicotine….vaping, dipping, nicotine gum, patches etc. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow to tissues, impairing the body’s ability to heal properly. Nicotine can impair the body’s immune response, making it more susceptible to infection. Nicotine use before surgery can lead to delayed wound healing, increased pain, and longer recovery times.

Avoid ALCOHOL two to three weeks prior to surgery. Alcohol is known to thin the blood, which may increase the risk for bleeding during and after your procedure. Alcohol may increase swelling and bruising.  Because alcohol thins the blood, it may affect how fast it clots. This can greatly increase the time it takes for wounds to completely heal. Several studies have shown that increased alcohol consumption can depress the immune system, making you more prone to infection. Alcohol may increase the absorption rate of pain medications, making it wear off more quickly.

Get a medical checkup. Have your hormones checked. Gynecomastia can be caused by hormonal imbalances. An imbalance between estrogen and testosterone can lead to the development of breast tissue in males. This imbalance can occur during puberty, as a side effect of certain medications, or due to underlying medical conditions.

Share a complete list of your medications, including over-the-counter supplements, with your surgeon. Certain medications can cause gynecomastia. Some drugs, such as anabolic steroids, anti-androgens, anti-anxiety medications, and certain chemotherapy drugs, can interfere with hormonal balance and contribute to the development of gynecomastia.

Plan for your recovery! After gynecomastia surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the healing process. It is also essential to avoid strenuous activities. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal in the first few weeks. It’s essential to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, avoid strenuous activities, and maintain a healthy lifestyle during recovery.

Enhancing your gynecomastia surgery results starts well before the day of the procedure. By following these pre-surgery guidelines, you can improve your chances of achieving the chest you desire. Don’t let gynecomastia hold you back any longer. Embrace the opportunity to transform your life with gynecomastia surgery! 🏋️‍♂️