If after the consultation with his surgeon the patient decides that surgery will meet his goals, a date is selected for the procedure and a deposit is paid. The anaesthetist and surgical nurses are reserved for that day, and a compression garment is ordered based on the measurements taken during the consultation. Also ordered are all the single-use medical supplies and medications needed for the procedure, as well as for post-operative care.
Then, the surgeon orders some blood tests for the patient to check for anaemia, infection, or any blood clotting problems, to ensure that surgery can be performed safely. A skin swab is also taken to check for the presence of any drug resistant microbes.
Gynecomastia is a minor surgical procedure, typically performed under local anaesthesia, and on the day of the operation, the patient can have a light breakfast early in the morning before coming to the clinic. The surgery itself requires a few of hours, and after, before returning home, the patient will spend another few hours in the clinic to recover while being monitored by the surgical team.
Alternatively, if the patient wishes, or the surgeon deems advisable, the surgery is performed using IV sedation. Under these conditions, the procedure is performed in hospital. Patients must abstain from eating or drinking after midnight on the day prior to surgery.