Posted on: June 15th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
Treatment for body builders with gynecomastia is usually different than for other men. Body builders usually do not have excess fat or skin. Body builders may be at higher risk for bleeding complications due to highly developed chest muscles that allow an increase in blood flow. Fish oil, certain vitamins and some protein shakes contain blood thinners that need to be stopped before surgery as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
Body Builders May Develop Breasts
Not all body builders will develop gynecomastia; there is no way to determine who will. However, if as young men they had adolescent gynecomastia, they are at greater risk.
Anabolic steroids continue to be popular with many men wanting to build muscle mass, but they find that they may start to develop breasts due to the high content of estrogen; some men can even begin to lactate. Other side effects of taking steroids include, painful erections, shrinking of testicles, decrease in sperm count, infertility and impotence. Anabolic steroids require a doctor’s prescription for a medical condition. Doctors are not allowed to prescribe steroids to enhance athletic performance.
Estrogen Blockers Bought on the Black Market
Many iron pumping weightlifters take the breast cancer drug Nolvadex, which is the generic form of Tamoxifen, which is used to counteract the continued use of steroids. Nolvadex is an estrogen inhibitor but requires a prescription and is used for the treatment of breast cancer. Social media such as Facebook has become a source for finding black market prescription drugs. However, there are many side effects associated with the drug such as; nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, numbness, blurred vision, leg cramps, thinning hair, reduced sexual interest, impotence, skin rash, risk of blood clots, cataracts, and depression.
Sadly many men will do whatever it takes to be bigger and stronger even if it shortens their life span.
Stop Steroids to Stop Breast Growth
Many body builders want to have all of their breast tissue removed so that they can continue to take steroids and avoid recurrence of breast tissue growth. However, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that some breast tissue needs to remain for contouring or the chest will have an unnatural appearance. Dr. Delgado encourages men to discontinue the use of steroids and estrogen inhibitors and enjoy the natural look of their chest after male breast reduction surgery.
Call today (415) 898-4161 for a gynecomastia consultation if you are unhappy with your chest.
Posted on: May 24th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
Gynecomastia sufferers ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. “will smoking marijuana cause gynecomastia?” Another popular question is, “If after male breast reduction surgery if I smoke cannabis, will my man boobs come back?”
Do Doobies Make Boobies?
There are many different causes of male breast enlargement. A primary cause is puberty, when a young man goes through hormonal changes; also obesity, steroid use, and aging are known causes. Each patient is unique and what may trigger breast growth in one man might not for another.
There is not any conclusive evidence that marijuana contributes to gynecomastia, but there are many patients and physicians that believe it is so.
Medical Daily quotes Marijuana.com saying “Doobies Make Boobies,” but not for women. Animal studies show exposure to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol known as THC (the active ingredient in weed) decreases testosterone levels, however, human studies remain inconclusive. There are many conflicting reports that lead to a lot of confusion.
Gynecomastia Surgery Increases 5%
The Mayo Clinic lists marijuana along with amphetamines, alcohol, heroin, and methadone as potential causes of male breasts. Additionally, on the list of causes, there are herbal products and many medications.
Robert Murphy, Jr., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, believes there is a correlation with the 5% increase in gynecomastia cases last year and the acceptance and easier access to marijuana in the United States.
With the link between gynecomastia and cannabis highly probable, you must ask yourself if after having male breast reduction surgery “is the high worth it?”
Call for a Consultation Today!
Call Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 now if you are having any concerns about your male breasts.
Posted on: May 12th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
Determining the Cause for Gynecomastia
It is recommended that men who have enlarged or swollen breasts see a doctor for an evaluation. If gynecomastia is the diagnosis, most cases are benign and can be left untreated unless it is embarrassing and causes emotional stress, in which case surgery may be recommended.
Your doctor will ask many questions to find out what may have caused breast enlargement such as:
• When did your breast first become swollen?
• Do you drink alcohol? How much?
• Do you take prescriptions drugs? Illegal drugs?
• Do you take any supplements or steroids?
Additionally, the doctor will want to know if you have any of the following:
• Do you have any relatives with breast cancer?
• Klinefelter’s Syndrome?
• Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
• Estrogen therapy for prostate cancer?
Too Much Estrogen May Produce Breasts
Males have both male and female hormones with the male hormone more dominate. If something is blocking or reducing the male hormone, testosterone, it will make the female hormone, estrogen more dominate, possibly allowing the development of breasts.
If the doctor can’t determine the cause of gynecomastia, it may be recommended that the patient sees an endocrinologist for further testing.
Breast cancer in men is very rare, but it does occur so any unusual changes in either breast should be checked out.
What to Watch For
Some concerning symptoms that you should see a doctor about immediately would be:
• A mass that is fast growing on one side of the chest
• A bloody or milky discharge from the nipple
• Changes of the skin on the breast
The risk for men in getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000 and mostly for men between the ages of 60 and 70. African American men seem to be at a higher risk than Caucasian men.
Breast cancer in men can be more serious than for women because it usually is not detected as early and the cancer may have already spread to the lymph nodes.
Do Not Wait if You Have Symptoms
Dr. Miguel Delgado advises men if they have any unusual symptoms to seek medical attention right away. Call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado to discuss any issues or questions you may have about your breasts.
Posted on: April 30th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
Risperdal Lawsuits Climb
Litigation against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) for their drug Risperdal, had the second highest growth rate for 2016, following Xarelto. Xarelto may be reaching a plateau for new lawsuits, but litigation against J&J has no indication of slowing down. In November 2016, there was a 39% increase with over 15,400 pending lawsuits.
Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug that was approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder for adults. In 2007 the drug was approved for use by children. Along with the stated side-effects, the development of breasts known as gynecomastia was significantly understated. Many physicians were unaware of the complication due to inadequate labeling and therefore were not able to warn parents.
Many of the men who used Risperdal chose to have surgery to get rid of their female type breasts. In order to receive compensation for their surgery and emotional trauma, lawsuits were filed.
Plaintiff Awarded $70 Million
As the trials move forward, the most recent victory went to the plaintiff who had been on Risperdal since he was 5 years old. The jury awarded him $70 million. The Philadelphia jury believes J&J failed to have a proper warning on the label to warn men and physicians of the risk of breast development, even though J&J were aware of the side effect for many years.
J&J will continue to defend each case and have no plans to discontinue Risperdal as they feel it is a “safe” drug, and the benefits outweigh the risks. Even with millions of dollars in awards, J&J considers the payouts just the cost of doing business as the drug brings in billions of dollars in sales each year.
Not all verdicts are in favor of the plaintiffs, one such case in March of this year was tossed out when the treating physician claimed she would have prescribed the drug even with a different warning as she felt the benefits outweighed the risks. This is one of three cases that went in favor of the defendant; however, the plaintiffs plan to appeal.
Future Drop in Sales
As consumers become more aware of the gross negligence by J&J regarding their drug Risperdal, they may eventually see a drop in sales.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been treating patients with gynecomastia since 1989 and is an expert in his field. If you are concerned with the development of female type breasts, call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado for a confidential consultation.
Posted on: April 17th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
“The Doctors” TV show recently aired an episode featuring a gynecomastia patient who had a BodyTite treatment for male breast reduction. BodyTite is a duel treatment combining liposuction with radio frequency energy that melts fat and tightens skin at the same time.
Intense Marketing for Liposuction
There are many different types of liposuction such as; tumescent, ultrasound, and laser assisted, and each one has multiple catchy names. There has been intensive marketing with inflated claims that make for a lot of confusion for potential patients trying to figure out what treatment would be best for them.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has stated that over 40% of his gynecomastia practice is revision surgery for men that have had their original surgery done by another surgeon. Many of these surgeons used liposuction alone and did not surgically remove the breast tissue. Breast tissue is too dense to be removed by liposuction effectively, no matter what is claimed.
The Gold Standard for Gynecomastia Surgery
Liposuction with surgical excision remains the gold standard. For “true” gynecomastia there are no shortcuts. However, patients who have “pseudogynecomastia” which is male breasts caused by fat alone, liposuction can be a good treatment.
Dr. Delgado uses a different technique for skin tightening that gives better results than radio frequency devices. In order to contract the skin, he applies controlled heat directly to the underlying skin (subcutaneous tissue) to avoid surgical excision of loose skin.
Choose Your Surgeon Wisely!
Who does the liposuction is more important than what it is called. Regardless of the type of liposuction used, for “true gynecomastia” surgical excision of dense breast tissue is necessary.
Call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado who is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has specialized in gynecomastia since 1989.
Posted on: March 14th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
Half of all men or more will have to deal with gynecomastia or male breast enlargement at some point in their life. One of the major causes of breast enlargement is for young men as they go through puberty. Fortunately for most, their breasts will return to normal within a couple of months to a couple of years. For others, surgery may be the only solution.
This 21-year-old young man suffers from adolescent gynecomastia. He underwent glandular excision and suction-assisted lipectomy. His goal was to “reduce my puffy nipples.”
The Severity of Gynecomastia Varies
Gynecomastia comes in several degrees of severity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there are four grades to help with identification.
• Grade I: severity mild, localized tissue felt just below the areola
• Grade II: severity mild to high, breast enlargement exceeds the boundaries of the areola without excess skin
• Grade III: severity high and visible, exceeding the boundaries of the areola with excess skin
• Grade IV: severity high and visibly feminine with excess skin
Gynecomastia affects each patient differently. In addition to various sizes and severity, the shape of the breasts may differ, and in some cases may be of conical shape. For some men, each breast may develop differently. A male breast reduction specialist is able to make the breasts of equal size.
“Risperdal” Causes Gynecomastia
The term gynecomastia became more well-known after the lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson for their drug “Risperdal.” Risperdal is prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorders and autism in children. Risperdal was discovered to cause gynecomastia as a side effect for some young boys. The class action suit was widely televised by attorneys seeking to represent victims. Johnson and Johnson settled the suit with one of the highest payouts in history.
Gynecomastia Causes Emotional Problems
Gynecomastia is not physically dangerous; however, it can be the cause of low self-esteem and other emotional problems. Finding a gynecomastia specialist can be a challenge, do your homework, make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery, and view many before and after pictures, and read online reviews.
With the different grades of gynecomastia, men need to realize the surgery is not one size fits all. Each case is individual and the approach for surgery must be customized. The cost for surgery will vary depending on the complexity of the case.
Contact a Gynecomastia Specialist!
If you are in the Bay Area, call Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. at (415) 898-4161 for any gynecomastia issues. Dr. Delgado has been treating men with male breasts since 1989; his reputation has grown nationwide and worldwide. Many men travel from all parts of the United States and around the world to see Dr. Delgado, see the generous travel package offered to his patients.
Posted on: February 18th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
After significant weight loss, gynecomastia sufferers have an additional issue to deal with. Besides reducing male breasts, there is now redundant, tissue, fat, and skin requiring more contouring and skilled techniques.
2 Stage Gynecomastia Surgery
Some men are candidates for the 2 stage procedure. The first stage removes breast tissue and fat under the skin. The second stage is a minor procedure that can be done in the office under local anesthesia. Excess skin is removed around the areola in a doughnut shape and is closed with a purse-string type sutures.
Before and After Stage One Gynecomastia Surgery
He is seen two weeks after Stage Two Surgery
Massive Weight Loss and Gynecomastia
For men who have had massive weight loss, most will likely not get desired results with the more traditional procedure of removal of fat and tissue with a hidden incision around the areola. Instead, for the more severe cases, the patient may need an incision going around the areola and a vertical incision to the breast crease creating an anchor reduction.
The anchor incision, also known as an inverted T, will leave visible scars. Most patients understand the trade-off and are accepting of the procedure in order to obtain the best breast shape.
Male Chest After Weight Loss
After Gynecomastia Surgery
Many patients find their incisions heal nicely and are comfortable with their results. For others, it is possible they may develop keloid scars which are raised and can be quite noticeable.
Scar Care After Gynecomastia Surgery
Today there are several different treatments available to help with scar management. The experienced board certified gynecomastia specialist will use deep suturing techniques to reduce tension on the skin that helps avoid keloids. Once the incision has healed silicone sheeting is applied, it will help keep the skin hydrated, which helps in scar control.
Additional preventive measures include; steroid injections, scar massage, and laser treatment such as the Palomar Laser. As a last option, scar revision may be done, but that will involve another incision.
Gynecomastia patients are encouraged to call Dr. Miguel Delgado at (415) 898-4161 for a consultation.
Posted on: January 12th, 2017
By: Miguel Delgado
A disappointing result after gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery is the possible scarring that forms around the areola when the incisions heal. Men faced with unsightly scars feel they have traded one problem for another.
Too Much Collagen Forms Scars
It is not known why some people are more susceptible for scar formation than others. Scars are a natural result of the body healing itself when there has been trauma to the skin. During the healing process, the body produces collagen fibers that will end up having a different texture than the surrounding skin. Sometimes the body will over produce collagen, creating a buildup of tissue, resulting in a firm raised scar known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.
Before and After Scar Treatment
In most cases, it is not medically necessary to remove these benign scars. However, if they are noticeable, they may cause a lot of discomfort to the gynecomastia patient who wants to be able to go shirtless after surgery.
Options for Scar Removal
There are several options available for scar removal including; surgical excision, steroid injections and laser treatment, such as the non-invasive Palomar Icon Fractional Laser.
Having your initial gynecomastia surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia, is your best bet for avoiding noticeable scars. Patient participation in preventing unsightly scars is crucial. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions that should include; avoiding direct sunlight for 6 months to a year. Sunlight is known for contributing to hypertrophic scars. Using silicon sheeting once the incisions have healed have proved to be very beneficial in scar prevention.
Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery
If you are struggling with unsightly scars after gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. to find what options are available to you for removal.
Posted on: December 14th, 2016
By: Miguel Delgado
Puffy Nipples After Corrective Surgery
Many men complain about puffy nipples after healing from gynecomastia surgery. Liposuction is great for fat removal but will not remove the gland effectively.
Gynecomastia Revision Surgery
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D.’s gynecomastia practice consists of about 40% revision cases after surgery performed by another surgeon. Removing the correct amount of tissue and fat from the male breast takes the expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia. Many surgeons are very conservative in their removal of tissue to avoid creating a crater deformity. However, when too much gland is left behind, it will push the areola out causing “puffy nipples.”
1 Month After Corrective Surgery
Gynecomastia patients that have had male breast reduction surgery and end up with puffy nipples are understandably discouraged because their only recourse is a secondary surgery to remove additional breast gland. This revision surgery is a little more complicated due to scar tissue that has formed from the initial surgery.
Choose Your Surgeon Carefully
It is important to choose your surgeon carefully. First, make sure that he or she is board certified in plastic surgery. Secondly, make sure your surgeon has extensive experience with gynecomastia surgery, taking the right amount of fat and tissue is critical to get the precise sculpting for the chest. If too much is removed a crater deformity will be the result, if not enough gland is removed, you will end up with puffy nipples. In both cases additional surgery will be required for correction, it is much better to get it right the first time.
Help is on the Way!
Call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado if you are suffering from male breasts or are in need of gynecomastia revision.
Posted on: November 16th, 2016
By: Miguel Delgado
Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery
A big concern for some men considering male breast reduction surgery is “will their breasts grow back?” This is a valid concern as it is difficult enough to decide to have surgery only to have the male breasts come back. In most cases, the results are permanent. However, there are instances that “man boobs” may return.
Not All Tissue and Fat Are Removed
True gynecomastia is treated by surgically removing most of the breast tissue and fat, however, some remains to give a sculpted chest and support the areola. It is the small amount that remains that could be a potential problem in the future.
If surgery is done for a young adolescent, male breasts may return because hormones are still stimulating overgrowth. Body builders know gynecomastia is a risk if they use anabolic steroids and they realize man boobs may return if they continue to use steroids after surgery, some choose to use drugs to block estrogenic effects.
Factors That Cause Man Boobs to Return
Patients who frequently use marijuana may find their male breasts return after surgery if they resume use. Another possible factor for breasts returning is if the patient should gain a lot of weight. Even though the fat cells that were removed won’t come back, the remaining fat cells could become enlarged. Other factors that may cause breasts to return could be certain medications or having a hormonal imbalance. Uncommon, but possible is scar tissue buildup.
To determine the probability of regrowth of breasts, finding the original cause can help in preventing recurrence after surgery. The main cause is puberty; but the breasts usually disappear after the teenage years on their own. Besides puberty, the main reasons for male breast growth are:
• Imbalance of testosterone and estrogen levels
• Decrease in testosterone production, common in older men
• Some medications
• Marijuana and other recreational drugs
• Psychological stress
If any of these conditions can be treated before surgery, it is recommended to do so to prevent regrowth. Unfortunately, the cause of male breasts is not always known; this is referred to as idiopathic gynecomastia.
The good news is that male breasts do not cause any health concerns but do cause a lot of angst for many men, a high percentage will seek surgical correction. Results are almost always long lasting without recurrence, in all the years that Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing gynecomastia surgery, he has seen very few cases where men have had a recurrence. Dr. Delgado recommends that his gynecomastia patients maintain a healthy lifestyle including exercise and good eating habits.
If male breasts are disrupting your life, call Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 today for a consultation.