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How Long is Recovery from Gynecomastia?

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How Long is Recovery from Gynecomastia?

If you are planning on undergoing male breast reduction surgery, then you should know everything you can to understand the process and the recovery time in general.

It’s imperative that you follow the direction of your surgeon if you want to have the best chance of having a completely healthy recovery. You will be in pain for the first few days, and it is recommended that you have four weeks of downtime so that you can allow yourself to properly heal. That being said, most people have an average recovery time of just two weeks.



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About Gynecomastia

If you are not sure if you have gynecomastia or not, then you should know that the signs can vary between having a bit of extra tissue around the nipples to having much more prominent tissue around the breasts. The tissue can sometimes be painful or tender, but this is not always the case at all. So what causes gynecomastia? It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance between testosterone or estrogen.  Being overweight can also cause gynecomastia. The main reason for this is because when you are overweight, you will produce more estrogen and you may have excess fat around the body. During puberty, hormone levels can vary. If testosterone drops, then estrogen can easily cause breast tissue to grow. Normally, when you reach the end of puberty, your body will slow down the production of hormones but this is not always the case. If your estrogen is still high then you may need to undergo hormone treatment prior to surgery.

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery

When you undergo gynecomastia surgery, you will have a short recovery time in most cases. You may feel sore during the first 3 days or so, but normally, the pain is minimal. If you use over the counter pain relief then you will normally find this more than sufficient. You will need to expect a recovery time of up to four weeks, but usually, most people are fully recovered in just two weeks. This of course, does depend on the extent of your surgery. Dr. Lawton has years of experience when it comes to gynecomastia surgery, and therefore can give you all of the advice you need, whether it’s your first time under the knife or whether you want to have other treatment done at the same time. Contact us to find out more.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia?

If you do not have a hormonal imbalance, or if you are getting your hormonal imbalance treated then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery. If you have tried to lose weight and if you have a lot of excess skin, then you will also be a prime candidate. Your surgeon will talk you through the options that are available, and they will also work closely with you to make sure that you are able to get the support you need throughout the whole process.

“Dr. Lawton was so honest and straightforward- which I so appreciate ! Her team is so friendly and approachable especially Erin ! Erin was really there for me both before and after my surgery. I felt very taken care of . My results have been fantastic . I would highly recommend this doctor and practice !” *

MM, Happy Patient



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Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Gynecomastia and the recovery process? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serves Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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