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What You Need to Know Before Gynecomastia Surgery


Miguel A. Delgado, Jr., M.D.

Male breast reduction surgery is now the 4th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for men according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The percentage of cases has been increasing each year as more men become aware that surgery is an option to get rid of their man boobs.

Once the decision is made to pursue surgery, the gynecomastia patient needs to find a cosmetic plastic surgeon that is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. Look for one that specializes in gynecomastia surgery. The surgeon should be able to present you with many before and after pictures of their patients. Ask how the procedure will be done. Most gynecomastia procedures need to have liposuction and excision of breast tissue in order to get the best result. In some cases liposuction alone can give a good result, but this is for the patient who has what is known as “pseudo-gynecomastia” which means the gynecomastia is caused by fat alone. I would say at least 30% of my gynecomastia surgery cases are “redo” cases where liposuction alone was done leaving behind breast tissue.  Having to redo the surgery is much more difficult for now there is scar tissue to deal with and the skin may have lost some of its elasticity.

Lastly in looking for a surgeon  in San Jose or any San Francisco Bay Area, ask where the procedure will be performed, check to see  if the facility is accredited and if the anesthesiologist is Board Certified.

How Will I Look After Gynecomastia Surgery?


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Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

A big concern of San Francisco Bay Area men contemplating male breast reduction surgery is what they will look like after surgery. There isn’t a “one size fits all” answer. Each patient is different, depending on the degree of the gynecomastia breast. Age can be a factor, younger men usually have better skin contraction. Men with moderate to severe gynecomastia, may need to have a two stage procedure for the best result.

During the consultation, it is not unusual to hear a man request that his chest be made as flat as possible. This is understandable for the man that has been suffering with man boobs for many years. A totally flat chest does not look normal, it is important that it is sculpted and has somewhat a natural contour. Dr. Delgado shows his patients many before and after pictures; he does his best to accurately describe what the outcome will be for each individual patient.

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To schedule a consultation with Dr. Delgado in San Francisco, California or Novato in Marin County call 415-830-8883. You may also send us a e-mail at info@DR-Delgado.com or fill out our quick contact form. Send photos of your chest for a complimentary virtual consultation TODAY. We have a complimentary travel package for out of town patients that include travel to and from the airport, four nights stay at the Novato Oaks Inn and travel from the hotel to the office.

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