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What Causes a Seroma and How to Avoid it

seroma and gynecomastia in San Francisco

26 year old male who presents with adolescent gynecomastia. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 245 pounds. He had 50 grams of breast tissue removed from his right chest and 77 grams  from his left . He had 250 cc. of fat and aspirate removed from each side of his chest. His post op course was uncomplicated.

A seroma is a collection of clear serous fluid most often at a surgical site where tissue has been removed. This can be a complication after gynecomastia surgery. The swelling and fluid may not happen right away but can develop several weeks after surgery.

Seromas Lead to Serious Complications

Usually, a seroma will resolve in a few weeks, but the accumulation of fluid will cause the skin to sag and may cause discomfort. In some cases, a seroma can lead to serious complications, such as infection, and delayed wound healing. If an infection should occur, it may have developed into an abscess requiring medical treatment. The patient will be instructed to notify the surgeon of any noticeable swelling or abnormalities.

Small seromas may resolve on their own, but if left untreated they may calcify and form solid knots. Larger seromas may require needle aspiration or even drain replacement.

Methods of Prevention

Drainage is the most accepted method of prevention along with a compression garment. A compression vest will help the skin and tissue heal faster, reduce swelling and bruising and reduce the risk of developing a seroma.

A hematoma is different than a seroma in that a hematoma contains red blood cells, and an abscess is different as it contains puss from an infection.

Drains and Compression Vests

Some surgeons do not use drains, and some do not use compression vests after gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. not only advocates the use of drains, he also is a firm believer in compression vests. Dr. Delgado designed his own compression vests that he makes available to his patients. His custom-made vests have pockets for the drain bulbs to rest in, instead of being attached with safety pins. These custom-made vests additionally aid in binding the chest tissues together, decrease post-operative pain, and increase blood flow.

Dr. Delgado has over 25 years of gynecomastia surgery experience, and he states that his incidence of complications is very minimal. Call today (415) 898-4161 for a consultation for any gynecomastia issues you may have.

 

Are Your Supplements Causing Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia and Herbs in San Francisco

Gynecomastia Triggers

If you have been researching gynecomastia, you probably have heard of numerous things that can trigger gynecomastia, such as; puberty, steroids, illegal substances, obesity, aging, alcohol, hormonal imbalances, medications, etc.

There is one gynecomastia cause that you might not have heard about, and that is Tribulus Terrestris which is an herb used as a nutritional supplement that enhances testosterone production. In addition, the herb is touted to increase sexual function, improve muscle recovery, and exercise performance.

Increased Estrogen Equals Man Boobs

However, with all these great benefits there is a downside to this herb, and that is it may cause gynecomastia. Tests have shown the herb increases testosterone levels producing a hormonal imbalance. As a consequence, the body will produce more estrogen resulting in man boobs.

There are many other herbs that have been associated with gynecomastia, some of them are; tea tree oil, lavender oil, grape seed, dong quai, saw palmetto, ginseng, to name a few.

Some Foods are Estrogenic

Furthermore, there are foods that are considered to be estrogenic, such as; soy products, legumes, chickpeas, and cowpeas, and some red meats that come from animals raised on synthetic hormones. Consuming too many foods that are laden with estrogenic substances can affect the balance of hormones resulting in breast growth.

Gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

Trying to self-diagnose what may be responsible your female type breasts is nearly impossible. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. advises men to seek the advice of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia. Be sure to inform the surgeon of all supplements, herbs, medications, diet, lifestyle, and family history to help find the source of your gynecomastia.

Some Gynecomastia Causes are Unknown

Finally, it is possible that the origin of your man boobs may never be discovered, it remains unknown for many men. However, gynecomastia is not a life-threatening condition although for many it causes severe embarrassment. Whatever the source, surgery is the only proven treatment for permanent removal of male breasts.

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You no longer have to feel ashamed of your male breasts, call today (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado who has been performing male breast reduction surgery since 1988 and is an expert in his field.

Gynecomastia and Bad Posture

 

 

hunched shoulders before and after

Note the red line below the breasts in the before surgery picture which is caused by bad posture, is diminishing in the after picture.

Bad Posture Has Consequences

Almost all men with gynecomastia adjust their posture by slouching their shoulders and some even bend their spine to hide their pronounced breasts. Slouching and bending of the spine can have serious consequences, causing misalignment of the skeleton and muscles. Bad posture can lead to back and neck pain, arthritic joints, digestive problems and even breathing complications.

Men with bad posture make them look weak, unconfident, and insecure, affecting personal relationships, and may hamper job prospects. Over time the continuation of hunching over may shorten or lengthen bones and joints and may become permanent.

Cortisol, the “stress hormone”

In addition, bad posture may cause problems with ankles, knees, shoulders, and hips, which will lead to back pain and headaches. Eventually, there will be wear and tear of the joints and ligaments, cartilage, and lead to inflammation. If your body has chronic inflammation, it will produce more cortisol in response to the stress. The energy needed to produce more cortisol will reduce the production of testosterone.

Confidence Improves With Good Posture

When you stand straight, you feel confident, and when you feel confident, you stand straight. Similar to smiling leads to happiness and happiness leads to smiling.

Good posture allows the spine to withstand the pull of gravity and affects energy expenditure, hormone production and quality of life. Correcting posture can be difficult, but when a man has male breast reduction surgery, confidence grows, and he will want to stand tall and proud.

Gynecomastia is a Life-Changing Event

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. wants his patients to know that having male breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing event, not only giving a man confidence and the freedom to bare his chest but to end physical and mental conditions that affect his quality of life.

If your male breasts have been a source of misery in your life, call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado and start your road to recovery!

Asymmetry and the Gynecomastia Patient

Gynecomastia is caused when excess estrogen gets stored in the male body which then leads to breast development.

Male Breasts May be Asymmetric

Usually, when a man develops gynecomastia, the breasts are relatively equal in shape and size. However, it is not uncommon for one breast to develop and be larger than the other. In rare cases, it is possible for only one breast to develop. Asymmetry causes men to feel even more self-conscious than men with enlargement on both sides.

asymmetry gynecomastia in San Francisco

This 43 year old man had liposuction in 1992 for his gynecomastia with another surgeon but was not satisfied with the results. Dr. Delgado performed revision surgery, consisting of suction-assisted lipectomy and glandular excision of the chest. Total fat extraction was 350cc from the right side and 375cc from the left to correct his asymmetry.

Some asymmetry is normal, but when it becomes very noticeable, it can be the cause of much embarrassment and shame.

Asymmetry is Corrected by Surgery

The only way to correct asymmetry is by surgery with a gynecomastia specialist. The surgery entails liposuction, surgical excision of the breast tissue with the goal of a masculine contoured chest.

Sometimes asymmetry can occur during male breast reduction surgery by unseen complications or lack of skill by the surgeon. A secondary surgery will be necessary for correction, be sure to choose your surgeon carefully! The patient will need to wait about 6 months before revision surgery can take place.

Dr. Delgado’s Revision Surgery on the Rise

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that about 40% of his gynecomastia practice is made up of revision surgery where patients had their surgery done elsewhere. Most revision cases are correction of too much tissue removed (crater deformity) or not enough tissue removed, along with asymmetry.

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If you have had unsatisfactory gynecomastia surgery or hope to avoid revision surgery, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado who has been performing male breast reduction surgery since 1988.

What to Expect After Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

Gynecomastia Surgery Results

Anticipating gynecomastia surgery may cause anxiety for many men. Not knowing what to surgery results to expect can cause further stress. The expert gynecomastia surgeon’s goal is to achieve a natural looking male chest with masculine contours. If the surgeon removes too much breast tissue, the result could be what is known as a “crater deformity,” and if not enough tissues is removed, more surgery may be needed. It is important to select an expert gynecomastia surgeon so you can get it right the first time!

Compression Vest and Drains

After surgery, you will be placed in a compression vest and have drains in place that remove excess fluid and keep swelling under control. The drains are generally removed within 2 to 3 days at the first post-operative visit. Sutures are taken out after 1 week. The vest is to be worn 24/7 for 5 or 6 weeks and only removed when showering. Showering is allowed a couple of days after the drains are removed, and the drain incisions have completely closed. When removing the vest, men need to realize that they are not seeing the final result. There will be swelling and bruising, and the incision at the bottom of the areola will be evident. However, bruising will completely subside in about a week to 10 days; swelling may last several weeks.

Incisions Well Hidden

As the incision around the areola heals, it will be almost undetectable due to the change of skin texture. The small incision from the drain at the side of the chest may leave a scar. Sensitive to men’s comments about this, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. now places the drain incision high up in the armpit and toward the back, most men cannot find it after it heals.

It is not unusual for the swelling to take several weeks to completely resolve. Some swelling is normal as it increases blood supply to the injured area bringing nutrients that aid in healing. However, any unusual swelling needs to be monitored for a possible hematoma (abnormal bleeding outside blood vessels.)

Going Shirtless Becomes a Reality

As the swelling subsides, the final contour of the chest will become evident, and the ability to go shirtless will become a reality!

Unfortunately, for some men, once all the swelling has diminished they may have what is referred to as “puffy nipples.” The cause for puffy nipples is when the surgeon has not removed enough breast tissue that is behind the areola, and the tissue pushes the nipple outward. This condition can be fixed but requires additional surgery. Choose your surgeon carefully!

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Gynecomastia patients are encouraged to call now (415) 898-4161 for a confidential consultation with Dr. Delgado.

 

Gynecomastia and the Link to Parabens

 

parabens and gynecomastia in San Francisco

Parabens have been used to prevent bacterial growth and as a preservative for many cosmetics and some foods since the 1950’s. They are cheap and stable and were believed to be safe until late in the 1990’s when it was discovered that there were some negative reactions.

Parabens Mimic Estrogen

Parabens have been deemed xenoestrogens, which mean they mimic estrogen. If parabens can be stored in the body, there is concern about the cumulative effect and possible health risks. However, to date, there is no scientific evidence to support any link with cancer. To identify parabens read all labels, note anything that ends in paraben, such as:

• Benzylparaben
• Methylparaben
• Butylparaben
• Propylparaben
• Ethylparaben

Before and After Gynecomastia in San Francisco
This is an 18-year-old man with significant gynecomastia who presents for gland excision and liposuction. His goal is to have a normal appearing chest. He underwent breast gland excision and liposuction. In addition, he had a superior incision for a crescent areola lift for superior advancement of the areola tissue.

Some men with high paraben concentrations may have lower muscle mass and more body fat and possibly have developed breasts. Japan has been doing research that showed there was damage to reproductive systems for some men and they had a lower sperm count along with lower levels of testosterone. Adding to these disturbing discoveries was the fact that damage was seen at doses lower than what is considered the acceptable daily intake.

Parabens in Food Banned in Europe

Europe outlawed the use of parabens in food in 2006, but in the United States, it is still used in many snack items. It is recommended that if you want to avoid them, read labels carefully and try to avoid processed foods and packaged pastries. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. warns patients that what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your mouth. Many products such as shampoos, lotions, deodorants, cosmetics, etc. have parabens in them.

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Men suffering from male breasts are invited to call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with gynecomastia expert, Dr. Delgado.

 

Gynecomastia Article by Dr. Miguel Delgado Reaches Near and Far

 

Gynecomastia is Worldwide

Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects a large percentage of men worldwide. India, in particular, has shown great interest in gynecomastia and it is reflected in the many inquiries from Indian men on such websites as Gynecomastia.org.

Dr. Delgado Explains the Struggle With Moobs

The Deccan Chronicle is the largest circulated English newspaper in South India. Recently the Deccan Chronicle picked up a story that was published in Daily Mail Online on: “My Struggle With Moobs’: Inside the Booming Industry of ‘Man Boob’ Reconstruction Surgery.

The interview with Daily Mail Online gives a comprehensive outline on causes and solutions as presented by San Francisco Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. a specialist in gynecomastia.

Steroids and Puberty Set the Stage

Man Boobs or gynecomastia is the development of female type breasts on a man. The major cause is in young men as they go through puberty, however, for the majority, it will resolve on its own. The second major cause is bodybuilders or athletes who use steroids. Once the breast tissue starts to grow the only solution will be surgery.

Dr. Delgado explains the simpler cases and also the more extreme cases that may need to be done in stages. This is not a “one size fits all” type surgery, but it is very individual with precise planning for each case. The patient below is an example of extreme gynecomastia.

 

gynecomastia first stage

Preoperative, patient with severe gynecomastia

First Stage After 6 months

6 months after first stage; gland excision, liposuction, superior crescent lift, and external lift sutures.

 

 

 

gynecomastia third stage

2 weeks after second stage; peri-areolar lift with donut shape skin excision

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Does Weed Cause Gynecomastia?

Weed After gynecomastia surgery

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?”

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Call Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 now if you are having any concerns about your male breasts.

Gynecomastia Surgery After Weight Loss

 

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

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

Male Chest After Weight Loss 

After gynecomastia surgery

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.

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Gynecomastia patients are encouraged to call Dr. Miguel Delgado at (415) 898-4161 for a consultation.

Scar Solutions After Gynecomastia Surgery

 

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

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.

Gynecomastia Surgery in San Francisco

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

If you are struggling with unsightly scars after gynecomastia surgery, schedule a free consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. to find what options are available to you for removal.

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