What does recovery after male breast reduction surgery look like? January 25, 2023 Patients often experience mild swelling and bruising for the first seven to 10 days following their male breast reduction procedure. During this time, we will fit you with a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote your healing process. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may also provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. Patients can typically return to work and regular daily activities about one to two weeks following their breast reduction. While scarring from male breast reduction is already minimal, any remaining signs of surgery will be reduced to thin, easily hidden white lines after about six weeks, at which time you may resume more vigorous physical activities and workout routines. While you will be able to see some results of your breast reduction immediately following surgery, ultimate results will appear once all incisions have healed and the swelling subsides.