Tips to Prepare for Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a serious surgical procedure that requires a considerable amount of preparation in order to achieve the best results. Men who are thinking about having this surgery should begin putting plans into place months or even further in advance to ensure that they are ready for such a significant change to their bodies and their needs for assistance during recovery.
If you are considering undergoing male breast reduction surgery and live near Tampa Bay, the first call that you need to make is to the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experts at Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Tampa. Dr. Watt and his ace team have been featured by Tampa Magazine as one of the best plastic surgery offices in the area, so there’s no one better in the Bay to trust for this truly life-changing procedure. Call us at (813) 547-5402 or request an appointment online today!
Before your consultation:
Take a personal inventory and really think about your expectations for breast reduction surgery. Spend some time looking in the mirror and identifying things that you are both happy about and not so pleased with. Make notes to discuss with your surgeon about specific areas or features that you want to change.
It is so important to have realistic expectations of what breast reduction surgery can do before you go under the knife. Check out some before and after photos for real-life examples of how surgery can improve the life of gynecomastia patients. Compare the results in the photos to your own expectations, and make adjustments if necessary as one of the quickest ways to end up dissatisfied with cosmetic surgery is to have unrealistic expectations about the possible results.
After your consultation:
Go to All of Your Pre-Surgery Appointments
This should go without saying, but it is extremely important that you attend all of your pre-surgery appointments leading up to the procedure. This includes any appointments for lab work or other diagnostic testing. Your surgeon will use the results of this testing and exams to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for surgery and to talk with you about your plans and expectations. Any issues found in diagnostic testing need to be addressed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
Embrace Healthy Lifestyle Changes
One easy way to not only improve your surgical results, but also to improve your life in general, is to drop bad habits such as smoking, sugar, and alcohol. These substances take years off of your life and lead to a wide variety of medical problems.
Instead, replace those bad habits with:
- A healthy diet full of fresh fruits and veggies
- Plenty of cardio
- Water and other low-sugar drinks
- A whole food multivitamin every day
Make a Recovery Plan
Breast reduction is an invasive surgical procedure, so it should be expected that recovery can be difficult or uncomfortable. Make a recovery plan far in advance of your procedure to give you plenty of time to deal with any obstacles that show up along the way. The basic parts of your recovery plan should include:
- Who can drive you to the procedure, stay in the waiting room until you are finished, listen and understand the surgeon’s discharge instructions, and drive you back home?
- Who can stay with you, including overnight, for a few days after the procedure? This person should be able to lift your weight in case you need help walking to and from the restroom during this time.
- Who can pick up your medications, if any, and bring them to you?
- Who can handle tasks like cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. until you are able?
If you don’t have friends or family nearby that can help you after the procedure, consider hiring help for a few days until you’re back on your feet. However, there is always the possibility of complications after surgery that can delay your recovery, so you need to be prepared for that as well.
Another part of your recovery plan should be gathering supplies. These include:
- Wound care supplies
- Hand sanitizer
- Plenty of any over-the-counter medications that you take
- Loose, comfortable clothing
- Lots of pillows and comfy blankets
- Entertainment such as streaming services, books or ebooks, game apps, crosswords, etc.
- Healthy snacks
The week leading up to your surgery:
Your surgeon will give you very specific instructions for what to do and not do prior to surgery. Some of the most common instructions will be:
- Stop taking aspirin, blood thinners, or anything else that can cause excess bleeding
- Drink lots of water
- Consume a high-protein, low-sugar diet
- No smoking!
Follow all of the instructions that your surgeon gives you to ensure the very best outcome for your procedure.
The day before surgery:
Continue to follow any instructions that your surgeon has given you, along with not consuming anything by mouth after midnight on the night before your scheduled surgery. This includes not taking any medications – prescription or OTC – unless your surgeon specifically tells you to do so. Gather all of the items that you may need and contact the person that is supposed to drive you to and from the procedure to confirm their arrival time and make sure that there are no changes to the plan. Then, get plenty of sleep so that your body is rested, relaxed, and in the best shape possible going into surgery.
You’re ready for surgery!
Now that you’ve put in the time and effort to thoroughly prepare for your male breast reduction surgery, it’s time to reap the rewards. Let Dr. Watt and his team remove the burden of gynecomastia and improve your body image for the rest of your life. Call us to schedule your gynecomastia surgery at (813) 547-5528 or request a consultation online today!