Male Breast Reduction: How to Prepare for Surgery

Men who struggle with gynecomastia (commonly called “man boobs”) may feel insecure and embarrassed about their physique. In recent years, many men have opted for plastic surgery to help them achieve their aesthetic goals, and those with excessive breast tissue often look into undergoing gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, is designed to eliminate excess fatty tissue in a man’s chest to achieve a more toned and masculine appearance.

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While prepping for surgery can seem a bit overwhelming, here are a few tips to help ease any stress and uneasiness before the big day.

Talk to Your Surgeon

Gynecomastia surgery can have a significant and long-lasting impact on your body. It is important to understand the necessary steps to take in preparation for your procedure. When preparing for gynecomastia surgery, you should schedule a consultation to discuss any health or medical conditions you have had or may be currently experiencing with your doctor. Establishing a communicative relationship with your surgeon is essential for a successful procedure. Good communication will help Dr. Ip determine the best surgical approach to achieve your desired results.

You can make sure you are well-informed about your surgery by asking the following questions:

  • Am I a good candidate?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used and what are the effects?
  • How long my the surgery take?
  • What will my recovery be like?
  • What are the potential risks or side effects associated with my surgery?

Schedule Time Off

The amount of time you will need to recover after your surgery will depend on the type of work you do. Patients who work a desk job may only need to request a few days off after their surgery. However, those with a physically strenuous job that requires heavy lifting may need to take up to two weeks off.

Arrange a Ride Home

Obtaining a caretaker before your scheduled procedure is also an excellent way to prepare. Be sure you have a friend or relative ready to transport you to and from the hospital the day of your surgery, as you will likely be unable to drive yourself. You should also have a backup ride in case an emergency occurs.

What to Avoid

You will be asked to stop drinking and smoking for four weeks before and after your gynecomastia procedure. Drinking and smoking before any surgery can have unpredictable effects and cause health-related issues, such as extensive bleeding, internal damage, infection, poor wound healing, and other surgical complications. You must also avoid any foods and medications that can thin your blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

If you are interested in gynecomastia surgery, you can contact Dr. Ip today by calling one of his locations to set up a consultation. Call his Beverly Hills, CA, office at (310) 839-0776, his Newport Beach, CA, office at (949) 548-0300, or his New York City, NY, office at (855) 742-8800.

Stay tuned for part two of this blog, where we will discuss how to recover from gynecomastia surgery.

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