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“I’m fifty, and have a great deal of self-confidence, but what I was seeing in the mirror didn’t match up. After surgery, the outside looks as great as the way I feel inside.”

Jeffrey Rosenthal MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon l Former, Chief Plastic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital

140 Sherman Street, Fairfield, CT 06824
Rosenthal Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center

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FAQs for Gynecomastia Surgery

Where is the surgery performed?
In an outpatient surgical facility

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What will I need before surgery?

You may be asked to obtain a mammogram and possibly a medical
evaluation by your family physician.

Will I have drains?
There are usually no drains

Will smoking effect my healing?
Yes–each cigarette’s effect lasts 12 hours on the blood vessels of the body.
Smoking causes the skin to heal poorly, and the complications associated
with smoking are tremendous. Even second hand smoke during the weeks
before and after surgery will adversely affect your results. Stopping is a must
before and after any operation.

Type of Anesthesia:
You are gently put to sleep so that you will be comfortable throughout the
operation. Once asleep, I will place a local anesthetic under the skin so that
you will feel no discomfort and the amount of medicine you receive during
the operation will be minimized. By putting you to sleep your heart rate,
blood pressure and amount of oxygen will be optimized.

How long will the surgery take?
My objective is to give you my best effort. That means not rushing through
your surgery. I take my time and like to be
meticulous. There are many things that must be done before the
operation can even start. These include washing and preparing the
area, making sure that your body is well cushioned and your legs are
placed in special boots to compress them during the surgery. Likewise, at
the end of surgery I need to wash you and apply a special well -padded
dressing. Rest assured, being asleep for hours is generally very safe so the
5-6 hours you sleep will be just fine. I will also wait in recovery after the
surgery to be certain that all is going well before I leave.

What can I expect?
Your chest and breast shape will be improved. A masculine appearance without protruding breast tissue is the object of the procedure.

Is there pain?
Generally, there is moderate discomfort. A prescription to help alleviate
pain, should it arise, will be given before surgery. By the second week after
surgery this discomfort is greatly diminished, and by the third week there
should be no discomfort.

Where are the scars?
The scar will run along and around the  lower areola and may extend onto the skin.

How long will I wear a bandage?
At the end of surgery I will wrap a soft, cottony bandage around your
chest. This bandage is held in place with a an elastic vest type garment

When can I shower?
Showering can usually take place the day after;
however, you can wash yourself prior to this. Baths and hot tubs are not
permitted for 4 weeks after surgery in order to keep swelling down.

When can I resume activities?

It is best to relax for the first 10 days. Bruising is variable and usually
located along the chest. Due to gravity, the swelling and
bruising may descend to lower positions. After 3 weeks you should be
almost back to your old self except with a new and improved body. It is
not a good idea to exercise or increase your heart rate for 3 weeks from
the time of surgery, and vigorous lifting or exercise is not permitted for 6 weeks from
surgery. This will help to diminish your swelling and improve the rate at
which you heal.

What can I do to expedite my healing?

We will give you a set of guidelines that tells you what medicines to stay
away from and which vitamins to take before and after the surgery. Do
not allow anyone to smoke in your presence for weeks. Using ice often,
resting, maintaining a low salt diet and having a positive attitude all go a
long way to assisting your recovery.

When will I see you again?
Depending upon the combination of surgeries, you will re-visit the office
within 4-8 days. There will be multiple visits (which are included in your
care) to evaluate your progress and support your healing needs.

Are there any additional fees to what was quoted?

If the surgery takes a bit longer (as there is never a rush), a bit more may
be owed for the operating room and anesthesia. However, if future
surgery or procedures are necessary, there will be additional fees for
anesthesia, the operating room and the surgeon.

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