Your package of care
All of your after-care is provided as part of your package of care, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. When you are ready to go home, the nurses will give you an appointment for your first check up a week later. You will see your Consultant Plastic Surgeon 3 months after surgery and again after 12 months. If you have any problems in between appointments then don’t worry, just give us a call, speak to the nurses and come back to see us.
What happens after my surgery?
Gynaecomastia surgery is done with you asleep. We use dissolving stitches and showerproof dressings to make your aftercare as easy as possible. Most patients go home the same day but you can stay overnight if required.
Dressings, tapes and massage
We use showerproof tape dressings after your surgery. Continue with the tape for four weeks. After four weeks remove the tape and massage your chest in the shower with the shampoo or shower gel and massage the scar every day with Bio-oil (which you can find at Superdrug and supermarkets).
Can I shower after my procedure?
Yes – you can shower from day one. We encourage you to shower every day after surgery. The dressings we use are showerproof and are designed to get wet. After showering simply dab your dressings dry with a towel before putting your bra back on.
What should I wear afterwards?
Wear a lycra-rich sports top 24/7 (all the time you are not in the shower) for the first 3 months to help your post-operative swelling to settle.
When can I return to normal activities and work?
Please gently return to all your normal activities straight after your procedure. Washing your hair is great physiotherapy for your arms and shoulders after chest surgery. Most of our clients are back to most things (including work) a week or two after surgery and are back to everything (Including the gym and exercise classes) in a month or so. You can drive as soon as you feel safe and able to do so.
When can I go on holiday?
This is a common question in clinic, particularly leading up to the summer. You could travel the following day if you need to. However it would be sensible to wait a couple of weeks. Most patients settle well and without any problems after breast surgery. However if you do have any issues then it is nice to be able to pop in and see us.
Sun protection and skin conditioning
Your chest will be more sensitive in the sun for a while after breast surgery. Look after yourself in the sun, particularly in the first six months after your procedure. Factor 50 suncream and lots of moisturising cream (or Bio-oil) are helpful