4 tips to prepare for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery removes excess fat in the chest as well as problematic glandular tissue. The goal of the surgery is to make the chest flatter, firmer and more traditionally masculine.
Men can develop gynecomastia for various reasons, including the use of certain medications, hormonal irregularities and poor habits. Men of any age can develop the condition, and surgery can be safely performed on both teenagers and adult men. However, it is important that men do not automatically jump to surgery. Non-surgical methods can have success depending on the source of the problem. Diet, exercise, eliminating certain medications and stopping smoking can often help reduce excessive male breast tissue in some individuals. When these methods do not work, it is time to consider surgery.
If surgery is the right approach for you, the next step is learning how to get ready for male breast reduction. Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville offers 4 tips for planning for your surgery:
1. Choose the right surgeon
While preparing for your gynecomastia surgery, your first essential step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who has in-depth knowledge of the underlying causes of gynecomastia and has performed numerous male breast reduction procedures using the techniques needed for your procedure.
Dr. David Lo of Premier Surgical Plastic has an extensive understanding and broad experience in reducing breast tissue in men and recontouring the chest area to promote a more masculine appearance.
2. Schedule time off of work
You will need recovery time after your procedure, including about two weeks of avoiding strenuous activity. Schedule time off work if needed to meet your post-surgical restrictions.
3. Make necessary changes to your diet & lifestyle
Even though many of your lifestyle choices may not have caused your gynecomastia, you must still follow the guidelines outlined below before your surgery. Establishing a healthy lifestyle in advance of your procedure will ensure optimal results.
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Reduce sugar consumption
- Limit alcohol intake and stop smoking
- Stop taking hormonal supplements, steroids, and other recreational drugs
4. Prepare for recovery
Be sure that you have a responsible adult to drive you to and from surgery. You will likely need help for a couple days after surgery, so ask friends and family to help you with things around the house, such as cooking and cleaning.
With the right preparation, your gynecomastia surgery should go smoothly. To SCHEDULE a CONSULTATION with Dr. David Lo, Plastic Surgeon at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville, call us at (865) 306-5680 or book online at: https://www.premiersurgicalplasticsurgery.com/request-a-consultation/