Deciding to proceed with male breast reduction surgery is an exciting time. It also presents with many arrangements that you will need to make; such as, having someone care for you for at least the first 24 hours, transportation home after surgery, getting lab tests done, filling prescriptions, getting time off work…and when will you have the surgery?
After surgery, you will most likely be wearing a compression garment for 6 weeks. Winter time is more comfortable for the additional layer of clothing as you can wear thicker shirts and jackets.
By having your surgery in the wintertime allows your recovery to be complete before summer when most people want to enjoy the outdoors. However, be aware that you still need to protect your young scars from the sun to prevent hyperpigmentation (turning dark brown). As long as your incisions remain pink in color, you need to be very careful of the sun, use sunblock of at least 30 SPF, complete healing can take several months.
It is important to note that you will need to refrain from any type of formal exercise for about 4 to 6 weeks. Outdoor activities such as jogging, bike riding, volleyball, basketball, etc. may be easier to give up when there is inclement weather, than a beautiful sunny day.
With all this being said, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to plan your surgery during the winter months, anytime you can schedule is the right time. Remember it is only a short time to be inconvenienced compared to a lifetime of freedom from your man boobs.