Gynecomastia or male breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess tissue from a man’s chest area to create a more masculine upper body contour. The procedure should be preceded by a certain amount of preparation in order to achieve safe, impressive, and desirable outcomes.
A well-prepared patient will feel more confident about the procedure, and increase his chances of a smooth surgery and recovery. Outstanding, reliable, and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides gynecomastia surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas, and other towns and communities in the shining state of Texas.
Guidelines for Preparation
The following basic guidelines will help a patient to prepare well in advance for male breast reduction cosmetic surgery:
- Arrange for past medical records to be sent from the physician and specialists directly to the surgeon’s office.
- Prepare a list of all medications, including prescription drugs, blood thinning medications, NSAIDs, herbal supplements and vitamins that the patient may be currently taking.
- Get any x-rays or other tests performed as advised by the surgeon.
- Have the doctor discuss with the plastic surgeon for the adjustment of any prescription drugs, if necessary.
- Stop smoking for at least two to three weeks prior to the surgery, or as advised by the surgeon.
- If any major household tasks require attention, have them completed prior to the surgery in order to ensure a stress-free post-surgical recovery phase.
- If possible, arrange for a family member, friend or a caregiver to assist during the first 48 hours after the surgery.
- Arrange for someone who can drive the patient back home after the procedure.
Patients who diligently follow the surgeon’s advice for preparation will have the advantage of a safer surgery and a speedier recovery.
Common instructions for the patient as a part of the preparation for male breast reduction surgery may include the following:
- Avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen and other such NSAIDs for at least 10 days before surgery.
- Stop using supplements of vitamin E, vitamin C, homeopathic and herbal remedies or dietary supplements 15 days before surgery.
- On the day of the surgery, do not wear expensive accessories, body piercings or contact lenses.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes on the day of the surgery. Loose pants or shorts are preferable and the shirt should have buttons in the front.
- Avoid the use of alcohol for at least 24 hours before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before surgery.
- If the patient is a diabetic, they should have their condition reviewed on the morning of the surgery.
Many patients have mild pre-operative stress on the night before the surgery, which is natural. The surgeon may prescribe some calming medication to be taken for a good night’s sleep. If the patient has any last-minute questions, he should feel free to clarify with the surgeon before they go into the surgery room for the procedure.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for gynecomastia and various other procedures.