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Regardless of the type of procedure the individual is seeking, all male breast enhancement procedures are invasive and will require a significant recovery period. For example, patients can expect to have a significant amount of discomfort in the first 48 hours post-operatively. This pain can be manageable through the use of prescribed pain medications. Patients will also likely be required to wear compression bandages and may have drains installed to keep fluids away from the surgery site, but these bandages and drains are usually removed within the first week after surgery. Most patients feel well enough to return to work after approximately one week and swelling is usually minimal after three to five weeks. However, in some cases swelling may persist for several months, but this amount of swelling is usually minor.