Male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery is a safe procedure to undergo. If you choose the right doctor for yourself, you’ll notice the results you expected. But note here that you need to keep realistic expectations for the procedure.  Read this blog carefully to know what to expect after gynecomastia surgery so that you can prepare yourself better. 

What are the risks and complications of gynecomastia surgery?

There are two surgical procedures that the patient needs to undergo for treating gynecomastia- liposuction and gland excision surgery. Both of them are major surgical procedures which means they both can possess a risk of complications. In case you choose to get treated for gynecomastia, there are some minor side effects that will develop, but can be curbed with proper measures. 


  • Deep vein thrombosis 
  • Swelling that doesn’t subside 
  • Poor healing of the wound 
  • Looseness of skin or worsening of cellulite 
  • Uneven, wavy or bumpy skin due to poor skin elasticity 
  • Burn or thermal injury due to the cannula movement 
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary embolism 
  • Kidney or cardio problems
  • Damage to other structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs and abdominal organs 
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Bruising 
  • Infection 
  • Accumulation of fluid 
  • Numbness of the treated area 
  • Change in skin sensation 


You’ll be relieved to know that the type of liposuction available at Pristyn Care clinics doesn’t incur the major complications that are mentioned above. Also, the risk of minor side-effects that can occur is also taken into account by our doctors. 

Day- by-day recovery after gynecomastia surgery 

Here is a day-to-day after gynecomastia surgery. This brief timeline can help you give a general idea regarding the recovery period after gynecomastia surgery. 


What To Expect 

After 2-3 days You may feel some mild pain or tightness in the chest for the first 48-72 hours of the recovery period. Meanwhile, the doctor prescribes to take pain killers or Tylenol to get some relief. However, this should be taken only in dosage amounts. It is normal if you feel some numbness or tenderness around the wounds. It is common to have a general feeling of unwellness. This mainly occurs due to the effect of local anesthesia and subsides within 3 days. There can be some swelling and a continuous feeling of nausea too. You can experience the results instantly but others may not notice this as you’ll be wearing a compression garment. Although the light movement is advisable, it’s best to rest for a week. 
7 days By the end of the first week of recovery, you are less likely to feel any pain or swelling. The feeling of nausea should also subside. After proper consultation with the doctor, you can return to work and resume daily activities. However, instead of any strenuous activities that can hurt the pectoral muscles, perform only light activities. Visit the doctor for follow-up consultation without any fail. The doctor may check up the progress of healing and remove any stitches placed. 
21-28 daysYou should feel completely fit and healthy by now. The swelling also should subside completely and you should see a flattened chest. With proper clearance from the doctor, you can start with normal exercises such as cardio. You don’t need to wear compression garments anymore. Also, there are no more restrictions on taking baths. 
42 days 42 days is the completion of the recovery process. You can undertake all kinds of exercises including the ones that target the chest. There are no more restrictions on movements nor there should be any swelling or scarring.


Wound care after Gynecomastia Surgery

The doctor provides instructions to take proper care of the wounds in order to prevent any infection as well as minimize visible scarring. Here is what you should remember-

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before touching the dressing. Once you have changed the bandages, wash your hands again. 
  • With the clean and sanitized gauge, clean the drainage properly. 
  • Control the urge to itch as much as possible. 
  • Make sure you don’t wet the wounds or it can attract germs that can cause infections.
  • Wear clothes that don’t irritate your wounds. 

What to do after Gynecomastia Surgery? 

Want to have a quick and safe recovery? You need to keep an eye on every activity that you perform. Each activity plays an essential part in the recovery process. One wrong move and the wounds can hurt and cause damage. Keep this checklist handy to know which activities are allowed and which are not. 

  • For best results and faster healing of the wound, wear compression garments 24×7 for 21 days. 
  • Do not skip any appointment after the surgery.
  • Apply ice packs to the chest in case the pain and swelling become unbearable. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Take lots of rest for the entire recovery period. 
  • Do not smoke nor drink for at least 15 days before and after the surgery. If possible, give up these habits permanently.
  • Take vitamin supplements to promote healing. 
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 3-4 liters of water. 
  • Arrange for someone who can take care of you in the first week of surgery.
  • Sleep at a 45-degree angle by propping up some pillows under the head.
  • Do not sleep on the belly or sideways after the surgery.
  • Do not perform any strenuous exercise unless the doctor asks. 

Also Read: Do’s and Don’ts after gynecomastia surgery

Lifestyle after Gynecomastia Surgery 

In order to make sure that the results of gynecomastia surgery last throughout the lifetime, you need to make some considerable changes in your lifestyle, starting with diet and then taking up some exercises. If you commit yourself to paying attention to a healthy diet and exercising regularly, the results of the surgery remain permanent. 

  • Diet- Start with a liquid diet such as pudding, broths, soups, juices, yogurt, etc. With time, shift to solid foods. Minimize the risk of constipation so that you don’t have to strain unnecessarily by eating fiber-rich foods such as vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, oats, almonds, fruits, etc. Choose lean meat over fatty meats so that you can digest these properly. 
  • Exercises- Once you have stopped wearing the garment, it’s time to reshape your body. Get in touch with a fitness expert to know which exercises are correct and can shape up the chest properly.  Here are a few exercises that you should consider- push-ups, cable flys, squats, bench presses, planks, etc. 

How long does it take to fully recover after gynecomastia surgery?

Generally, it takes 4-6 weeks after the surgery to complete. Depending on some factors such as the patient’s immunity, ability to tolerate pain, type of surgery undergone, as well as the amount of tissue removed, it can take a couple of days extra. 


Gynecomastia surgery is a major surgery. The main objective of the surgery is to enhance the appearance of the chest contour. The above information provides insights related to expectations pertaining to surgery. Consult with experts from Pristyn Care to know more about gynecomastia surgery and its benefits. Book an appointment with our doctors today!

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