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Male Breast Reduction FAQ

Will I have a scar?

In a typical procedure, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location–either on the edge of the areola or in the under arm area. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more conspicuous scars.

How long will I have dressings or bandages?

You will likely have a white foam square called Topifoam that will need to be worn over your incisions for a minimum of the first 5-7 days following surgery (until your first follow-up). You’ll also have a compression band that will need to be worn over your chest 24 hours a day for 3 weeks.

When can I take a bath and/or go swimming?

You can shower as soon as 48 hours after surgery, however you are not to submerge the surgical area (in a bath, hot tub, pool or natural body of water) for a minimum of 4 weeks following surgery.

How long do I have to be off work?

Patients that have less physical jobs typically return to work 7-10 days following surgery. However, patients that have more physical occupations may require 2-3 weeks off.

When can I return to working out?

Most patients are released to ease back in to their work-out routine 3-4 weeks following surgery.

Will the condition return?

Weight gain and certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast over development, so it is possible that the condition can return. However, consistent diet and exercise and avoidance of these drugs will decrease the likelihood of that occurring.