How to Prepare for a Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia Newton MA A lot of our patients here at Dr. Rick Silverman’s office are active bodybuilders which leave them with perfectly toned and defined bodies. However, some male patients suffering from a condition called gynecomastia which causes them to have the appearance of breasts. Caused by a variety of things including hormones found in a lot of supplements and steroids, gynecomastia is easily treated with surgery.

During surgery, Dr. Rick Silverman will remove excess breast tissue and fat that has built up in the chest— giving you that toned, masculine look you’ve been working so hard for. As part of every surgical procedure, however it’s important that you know how to prepare properly. Even though we will send you home with a detailed list of preparatory instructions, let’s go over them again.

Avoid NSAIDs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS are what people take to get rid of things like fevers and headaches. Common NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin. Although these over-the-counter drugs are great under the right circumstances, they are blood thinners which means that they can increase your likelihood of bleeding during and after surgery. Dr. Rick Silverman encourages patients to get off of NSAIDs for 7-10 days before surgery to avoid any complications.

Don’t Eat Or Drink Before Surgery

Just like with the majority of surgical procedures out there, patients should stop eating or drinking at midnight, the night before surgery. This is extremely important for patients to follow because food and water in the stomach can lead to a serious condition called an aspiration.


When you come into our office for surgery, we will have you wash your body with hot water and a surgical soap that is designed to sanitize the skin and prevent infection. We will provide everything you will need for this step.

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact one of our offices today!

Get in Touch

* All indicated fields must be completed.
Please include non-medical questions and correspondence only.

Accessibility Toolbar