When Can I Get Back To The Gym After Gynecomastia Surgery?

The Answer May Surprise You

Our society doesn’t always appreciate the benefits of being in good shape. Thankfully, many guys frequent the gym and engage in healthy, everyday exercise in one form or another. This is a good thing and should be a part of everyone’s routine for mental and physical health benefits. There is nothing better than exercise to make one feel good on many levels. That’s probably why so many men ask, “When can I get back to the gym after gynecomastia surgery?”

man doing bench press after asking his doctor When can I get back to the gym after gynecomastia surgery?

Can Exercise Cure Gynecomastia?

As long as we’re talking about exercise, I want to explain something to everyone. Gynecomastia – often shorted to the term gynecomastia – is the unintentional appearance of female-like breasts on a man. It’s extremely common, especially for boys going through puberty, but it’s rarely talked about. For many men, it goes away on its own as they mature, but sometimes it just gets worse. Hormone imbalances, like those from certain medications, can also cause the condition. And for many men living with gynecomastia, it just happens with no apparent cause.

If you have this problem, it’s not because you’re working out poorly or too little. You can be an award-winning bodybuilder and still suffer from this very real problem. There are many causes for this condition, but working out too much or skipping a workout isn’t one of them. That’s why all my treatment takes place in a judgement-free zone.

At the same time, exercise cannot cure true gynecomastia. Once that tissue has grown behind a man’s nipples, you can do a million bench presses and it won’t disappear. In fact, building muscle and reducing body fat can make gynecomastia even more obvious. I’ve worked with many patients who have grown frustrated trying to work away their gyno. The only effective and lasting cure is surgery by an expert.

Advancements in Gynecomastia Surgery

Treatment for a man with female-like breasts consists of a surgical procedure to remove the tissue and contour the chest so it’s masculine in appearance. With rising awareness, expert surgeons have improved the results of treatment. There’s never been a better time to take back control of your body.

Surgeons have reduced complications and improved results. Patient satisfaction with treatment is very high and the benefits are transformative and liberating. It’s a true game-changer for those who suffer this burden. This one operation can transform your life and change how you feel about yourself.

bodybuilder's gynecomastia treated at the austin gynecomastia centerWatch

Getting Back to the Gym after Surgery

Men who pursue gynecomastia surgery often focus on looking healthy and staying in shape. You don’t get strong muscles and a lean body by sitting on the couch. Regular exercises at home, on the field, or at the gym is essential for anyone pursuing serious results. I’m often impressed by my patients and their dedication to looking and feeling their best.

If you plan on engaging in gynecomastia treatment, what can you expect in terms of its impact on your exercise regimen? You might be surprised at the answer. As a gynecomastia surgeon who has treated thousands of patients, I can tell you without hesitation that recovery is actually quite short. With an expert gynecomastia surgeon, pain is minimal to modest in most cases. After gynecomastia surgery, in most cases you can return to general exercise and going to the gym in less than 10 days.

Once you return to the gym, I recommend you stay away from chest work for 2 to 4 weeks depending on the complexity of your treatment. The use of my internal flap technique guides my recommendation when you can engage your chest with exercise.

The best way to sabotage your recovery and result is to work out your chest too soon because you are so excited about your new chest without gynecomastia. Patience is a virtue as you put yourself at risk for hematoma, seroma, and scar tissue formation by getting way ahead of yourself.

I totally understand your excitement, but you have to remember that you had real surgery that requires a period of recovery to ensure the very best outcome. Your best possible outcome is a goal both you and I share together.

Getting back into exercise after your gynecomastia treatment is a different world. This is your opportunity to tune your body and spirit as you wish — no longer hindered by the burden of gynecomastia.

before and after gynecomastia surgery including surgery showing the gland removed
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You’ve Waited Long Enough

There’s no reason you should continue suffering. Take the next step and speak with a surgeon who understands how to effectively treat gynecomastia and make sure that it doesn’t come back. I’ve successfully treated thousands of men with the same problem, and I’d love to help you know exactly what you can do to fix it. Schedule your free online consultation today. The sooner we take care of you, the sooner you can get back to the gym, doing what you do best.

Robert Caridi, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Founder of the Austin Gynecomastia Center