Male breast reduction
To help reduce swelling, you will be instructed to wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for a week or two and for a few weeks longer when you are active. However, many patients chose to wear the garments longer because it makes them feel comfortable and they want to optimize their scars. Scars that evolve under pressure often are finer and softer than without pressure. Garments can be a convenient and comfortable way to apply this pressure as part of scar care. Any stitches will generally be removed between 6 - 14 days after surgery. Depending on the extent of surgery, you may need to avoid sexual activity for a week or two, and heavy exercise for about three weeks. You need to stay from any sport of job that risks a blow to the chest area for at least four weeks. In general, it will take about a month before you are back to all of your normal activities. You should also avoid exposing the resulting scars to the sun for at least six months. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin's pigmentation, causing the scar to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a strong sun block and or sun protective clothing.

Risks
If you are allergic to any medication or you bruise quickly please consult with your surgeon. When male breast reduction surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are risks. These include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthesia, and excessive fluid loss or accumulation. The procedure may also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If asymmetry is significant, a second procedure may be performed to remove additional tissue. The temporary effects of male breast reduction include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may last up to a year.