What is the recovery like?
Postoperative pain is typically low grade because surgery involves only the superficial tissues and not deeper structures such as muscle where there tends to be more pain fibers. Oral pain medication is sufficient to control discomfort for the first few days. The chest is wrapped with a wide ace bandage after surgery that is worn for the first week. Moderate swelling does occur but bruising tends to be mild in most cases. It is possible to return to work in a week or sometimes less. Exercise can begin after a few weeks and gradually increase in intensity.
Complications are rare. Bleeding or infection can occur with any surgery but are particularly unusual in gynecomastia surgery. Numbness of the skin in the treated area can occur and this can include the nipple itself. It is possible for numbness to be permanent.