Gynecomastia is a condition in which males produce breast tissues in their chest— leaving them with visible, female looking breasts. Typically caused by hormones, gynecomastia is a condition that can make men feel self-conscious all around. If you suffer from this condition, you are not alone. In fact, studies say that around 25% of men over the age of 50 have it. Luckily, here at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, we can perform a gynecomastia surgery to remove the excess breast tissues— leaving you with a flat and masculine chest. As one of the most important parts of any surgery, however, it’s important that you know how to prepare. Read on to learn more about some of our preparatory tips.
Be Candid In Your Consultation
One of the best things you can do before getting gynecomastia surgery is to be candid with our staff during your consultation. For instance, if you are taking any steroids, make sure to divulge this information to our staff. Additionally, if you use drugs or abuse alcohol, make sure to reveal this to our staff because it could cause complications while you’re in recovery. Remember that under HIPAA laws, we aren’t able to divulge any of your medical information to anyone else— aka, your secrets are safe with us.
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit smoking at least two weeks before your procedure. Smoking causes your body’s immune system to slow down— increasing your recovery time and putting you at a higher risk of developing infections during recovery.
Avoid Certain Medications
During your consultation, we will give you a pamphlet with a list of medications to avoid before surgery including anti-inflammatory medications, ibuprofen, and herbal supplements— all of which can increase bleeding during and after surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery is a safe and effective way of getting rid of excess breast tissues in men. To help ensure that your surgery goes smoothly, follow the pre-surgery tips listed above. To learn more about this type of surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester today!