If worries about returning to an active lifestyle are keeping you from pursing gynecomastia correction, think again. A male breast reduction is a relatively easy procedure. In general, recovery takes about fourteen days, although most patients are comfortable returning to work in less than a week. Even so, it is imperative that give yourself adequate time to heal before hitting the gym. In four to six weeks, you should be back to your normal workout routine and looking better than ever.
Why postpone strenuous exercise after a male breast reduction?
The reason strenuous activity and exercise is discouraged during the first few weeks following gynecomastia correction is to allow the surgical site to fully heal. Increasing your blood pressure, and putting additional strain on the surgical area, can cause unwanted bleeding and increased swelling. Trauma to the surgical area could mean delayed wound healing, fluid accumulation, and increased risk of scarring.
Getting back to exercise after gynecomastia, week by week:
Your first week after a male breast reduction should be spent taking it easy. Avoid activities that that raise your blood pressure, which can lead to excessive bleeding, swelling, and inflammation. Plan on reading, watching your favorite movies, and taking up walking during the initial five to seven days post-op.
About a week into your recovery, it will be time to incorporate light physical activities such as basic calisthenics and stretching. Leg and arm lifts, gentle stretching, and bending will get your body moving again. Since the first week post-op was sedentary, return to exercise slowly. Remember, you will need to continue wearing a post-surgical garment during all activities.
By week three, healing should be well underway. Low impact cardiovascular exercises, such as brisk walking, treadmill, elliptical training, and biking are good choices. Focus on the lower half of your body, and avoid any exercises that affect the chest. At the gym, machines are better at regulating your effort than free weights.
Weeks Four to Six:
Between the fourth and sixth post-op week, if your surgical sites have healed as expected, you should be able to add additional activities to your workout schedule. About this time, full body training should be acceptable, however, never resume weight lifting and exercises that work out the chest and arms without Dr. Vitenas’ approval. For safety reasons, gradually increase the weight and level of training until you are get back up to your pre-surgery workout.