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Following your gynecomastia surgery, you will need ample rest for both your body and mind to ensure a swift, comfortable recovery period. Expect reduced energy levels during the initial 4-week period after the procedure. Swelling and bruising are common post-surgery experiences, with bruising typically fading within 2-3 weeks. While most swelling diminishes within 6 weeks, it's possible to have some residual swelling for about 3-4 months following the procedure.

  • Showering: You can shower again starting 48 hours after the surgery, but remember to be very gentle and avoid scrubbing the incisions.
  • Water Activities: Refrain from baths, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, swimming, or otherwise submerging the incisions until they have fully healed. This usually takes at least 4 weeks after the surgery.
  • Tape: Leave the tapes on the incisions in place. They typically remain for 4-6 weeks.
  • Arnica Cream: Apply Arnica cream to the bruised areas three times per day.
  • Lifting Restrictions: Avoid lifting, pushing, or pulling anything heavier than 2 lbs for the first 2 weeks.
  • Support Garment: Wear a support garment, such as a surgical vest, day and night for the first 4 weeks. Compression vests or tight compression shirts are also suitable options.
  • Garment Usage: After 4 weeks, you can remove the garment while sleeping, but continue wearing it during the day until 6 weeks post-op.
  • Activity Timeline:
    • Week 1: Focus on gentle walking around the house (walking helps prevent blood clots). Aim for 10-15 minutes of walking, 3-4 times a day.
    • Week 2: Gradually increase activity with light walks around the neighborhood.
    • Week 3: Engage in light lower body exercises and cardio.
    • Week 4: Incorporate light arm and abdominal exercises.
    • Week 5: Include light back exercises.
    • Week 6: Introduce light shoulder and chest exercises.

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