When Is The Best Time For Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

If you are considering having male breast reduction surgery, there are several questions to ask yourself in order to determine the best time to plan for the procedure.

Are you healthy?

To have your breast reduction surgery completed successfully, you need to be of average weight and health. The healing process will be greatly affected by the condition of your health. Likewise, the surgery is best performed when your skin is healthy and taut.

Have you spoken to your primary care physician about your condition?

Sometimes gynecomastia is caused or exacerbated by underlying medical conditions or certain medications. The following are examples of some drugs and conditions that have influenced male breast tissue growth:

  • Tumors
  • Ulcer medications
  • Heroin
  • Anti-androgens
  • Amphetamines
  • Cancer treatment

In some cases, enlarged male breasts aren’t a result of gynecomastia at all, but are the result of a particular diet or of obesity. To be sure that gynecomastia is the issue and is treatable in your specific situation, talk to your primary doctor first.

Can you take a couple of weeks off of work?

After having gynecomastia treatment, you will need one to two weeks of recovery time. You also may need to stay in the hospital overnight, depending on your specific situation. Otherwise, you may need someone to stay with you and to help take care of you while you heal. You will need to plan ahead accordingly.

Do you have any bad habits to quit?

If you smoke or consume alcohol, you will need to quit several months before the procedure. Keep this in mind before you schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon, as it will be one of the first questions asked and, if you haven’t quit yet, may affect how soon you can have the surgery.

Interested In Learning More About Male Breast Reduction? Contact Dr. Lalla

Want to find out more about gynecomastia? Contact us today with any questions you may have about male breast reduction. To schedule your plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla, call our West Orange office at 973-324-9455 or our Jersey City office at 201-763-6764. We look forward to hearing from you.