Monday, January 23, 2017

Post Surgical Scars after Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia Surgery and Scar Solutions
gynecomastia in Sacramento


Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery 

After gynecomastia surgery, some men are discouraged by unsightly scars that may form around the areola where the incisions for male breast reduction were made.

If the body produces too much collagen when healing after surgery, a raised scar, known as a keloid, may form. Collagen fibers that are produced will have a different texture than the adjacent skin. A visible raised scar around the areola defeats the purpose for a man who wants to go shirtless after his gynecomastia surgery.

Scarring is a normal consequence during healing. Some people have more scar development than others for reasons that remain unknown. Benign scar tissue does not need to be removed unless it causes emotional distress, especially for the gynecomastia patient who wants to be able to enjoy the beach or other activities where he will want to remove his shirt.

For men seeking scar removal after their gynecomastia surgery, it is strongly advised that they find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia and has a great deal of experience. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing gynecomastia surgery and revision surgery since 1989; he offers options for scar removal depending on the severity of the scar. Options include; surgical excision, steroid injections, and the Palomar Icon Fractional Laser, a non-invasive treatment showing very promising results.

Men who wish to avoid scar formation need to follow their surgeon’s instructions post-operatively very carefully. It is imperative to avoid direct sunlight for 6 months to a year while the incisions are young and healing. Sunlight is known to cause hypertrophic scarring. Dr. Delgado recommends that his patients start using silicone sheeting once the incisions have healed.

Call Dr. Delgado at (415) 898-4161) today if you are searching for revisions for your gynecomastia surgery. 

Serving Sacramento  and Sacramento County since 1986.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gynecomastia Revision Surgery - Get it Right the First Time.

Puffy Nipples Remain After Gynecomastia Surgery!

                            Puffy Nipples                                           After Puffy Nipple Correction Surgery

Unfortunately, a common complaint from gynecomastia surgery patients is that they still have “puffy nipples” after their recovery. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. says that 40% of his gynecomastia practice consists of revision cases where male breast reduction was done by other surgeons.

Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Gynecomastia!

Gynecomastia surgery needs to be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in male breast reduction. Many surgeons attempt to reduce the male breast by liposuction alone and leave the breast tissue behind. In a small percentage of men, liposuction can effectively reduce the breast, if they have pseudo-gynecomastia, meaning the enlarged breast is only fat. However, most men have a combination of fat and breast tissue and removing only fat will leave the breast tissue behind.

Only experienced gynecomastia surgeons have the expertise to remove the correct amount of fat and breast tissue that will leave a sculpted chest. Less experienced surgeons are very conservative when removing breast tissue so that a “crater deformity” is avoided. On the other hand, if too much breast tissue remains it will push the areola outwards forming “puffy nipples.”  

Crater Deformity
After Crater Deformity Correction Surgery

Best to Get it Right the First Time!

Gynecomastia patients that end up with “puffy nipples” or a “crater deformity” are justifiably disappointed with their surgery results. Unfortunately, their only option will be revision surgery. Again, it is imperative to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in male breast reduction because corrective surgery is more challenging due to formed scar tissue from the original surgery.

Call today (415) 898-4161 for an evaluation by Dr. Delgado for any gynecomastia issues.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Recurrence of Gynecomastia after Male Reduction Surgery

Can Male Breasts Return After Gynecomastia Surgery?

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery


A frequent question Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. is asked by his gynecomastia patients is “can male breasts grow back after surgery?” This is a reasonable question, for what man wants to face a recurrence. Fortunately, for most men the results are permanent; however, there are some exceptions. Understanding these exceptions can help prevent regrowth of breast tissue.

If a man has “true gynecomastia,” the surgical procedure for male breast reduction will include removal of most of the breast tissue and fat, but what remains is necessary for sculpting the chest and supporting the areola. It is this remaining tissue and fat that might cause a future problem.

Determining the cause of development of male breasts can help the patient avoid a repeat of growth. Some of the known causes are:

·      Excessive weight gain
·      Testosterone and estrogen levels out of balance
·      Decrease in production of testosterone, usually in older men
·      Some prescription drugs
·      Recreational drugs, including marijuana
·      Psychological stress
·      Scar tissue build up (uncommon but possible)
·      Puberty
·      Use of anabolic steroids

Puberty is one of the most common causes for gynecomastia for the young male. For most youth, the breasts return to normal after puberty. Some young men are so traumatized by their breast growth that they opt to have surgery before the end of puberty. There is a small chance that these boys may have male breasts return because the hormone levels are still fluctuating. However, it never returns to the original state, and Dr. Delgado has never had to re-operate.

Dr. Delgado will try to determine the source of a man’s gynecomastia during the initial consultation. If the cause can be established, Dr. Delgado will make recommendations to the patient to help avoid possible regrowth in the future. Most of the time, the reason for male breasts cannot be verified, this is called idiopathic gynecomastia.

As mentioned, regrowth is rare. Dr. Delgado has done thousands of male breast reduction surgeries through the years and has only seen a handful of cases where there was a recurrence.

Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 to find solutions to your gynecomastia concerns.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Gynecomastia a Worldwide Issue

Gynecomastia Affects Men Worldwide 

Sacramento Gynecomastia Surgery
Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery.
This man who is 27 years old had gland excision and liposuction at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center. 350cc of fat and aspirate were removed from the right side and 400cc from his left side. This shows him 2 months after surgery.

Male breast reduction is one of the top elective surgical procedures for men in the United States. The development of female type breasts on men does not only affect men in the United States, but it is a troublesome condition for men all over the world!

For example, Scotland has a growing number of surgical clinics making elective procedures more available. Cosmetic surgery for men has doubled in the last decade. Gynecomastia surgery is up 13% from 2014. Most men who seek male breast reduction are younger men who work out at a gym or men who have a sagging chest from significant weight loss.

There was an article published in Singapore about a man named David (not his real name) who had gynecomastia. David who is now is his 40’s had been suffering from female type breasts since his 20’s. He tried to ignore his condition, but in addition to the appearance of his breasts, they were painful. Finally, he sought medical attention as he was afraid he might be having heart problems, but his exam showed no medical issues.

David then turned to diet and exercise, and although he lost weight, his chest remained the same, and the pain continued. Through extensive research online David discovered that he might have gynecomastia. David located a gynecomastia specialist who confirmed his suspicions. With his wife’s support, David scheduled surgery. After David’s recovery, he was thrilled to see that he had a normal looking chest and his chest pain was gone. He stated that after all these years he now feels like a “real man.”

David was anxious to share his story with the hope that he would be encouraging other men to seek solutions to their “man boobs” and not wait 20 years like he did.

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. a gynecomastia specialist in the San Francisco Bay area states these stories are familiar no matter what part of the world, but finding support is not always easy. With the advent of the internet, information is more readily available. For someone researching gynecomastia, a Google search will reveal in the top listings is the web’s best resource for information on gynecomastia. The site offers forums where men can ask questions and share stories. Many countries are represented and provide valuable support to men all over the world.

Don’t wait 20 years; call now (415) 898-4161 to schedule a gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Delgado.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Smart Beauty Guide a Great Resourse for Gynecomastia Information.

Sacramento, California - The “Smart Beauty Guide” is an online informational directory designed to help consumers make smart decisions about cosmetic plastic surgery.

The guide was created by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). ASAPS is made up of over 2,600 board certified plastic surgeons. The society sponsors scientific meetings presenting the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery. In addition, the guide has listings of board certified plastic surgeons throughout the United States, Canada, and many other countries.

In the section for gynecomastia surgery, the guide makes many of the same recommendations for getting ready for surgery that Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. makes for his patients, such as:

·        Tanning the skin can increase permanent scarring, so avoid sunbathing for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
·        Discontinue all medications and supplements that contain blood thinners 2 weeks before surgery.
·        Stop all nicotine products 4 weeks before surgery.
·        Be sure to stay well hydrated before and after surgery.
·        Any illness or skin infections need to be reported to your surgeon.
·        Have lab tests done promptly.
·        Check with your surgeon as to how much time you will need to take off work for your recovery.
·        Arrange for transportation home after surgery and for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours.
·        Get all prescriptions filled.
·        Have comfortable front opening clothes ready for your recovery period.
·        Organize books, movies, laptop whatever you need to keep you occupied.
·        If you will be on your own, have easily prepared and frozen meals available.

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. provides his gynecomastia patients with a 40+ page booklet containing pre and postoperative instructions.

Call (415) 898-4161 now for a gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Delgado.