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Gynecomastia Consultation Questions

Gynecomastia questions

For men who have hidden the embarrassing condition of female type breasts, making an appointment to see a gynecomastia specialist is a big first step. It is understandable for gynecomastia patients to be anxious and therefore, Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends writing down all questions as it is easy to forget what you want to ask. However, Dr. Delgado wants his patients to know that he is easily accessible and encourages his patients to call (415) 898-4161 anytime they have a question.

The following questions are some you may want to consider:

1. Is your gynecomastia specialist board certified?
2. Is the anesthesiologist board certified?
3. What type of anesthesia is used?
4. If surgery is to be done at a surgery center, is it accredited?
5. How many years has your specialist been performing male breast reduction, and how many each year?
6. What caused my gynecomastia?
7. How long will my male breast reduction last, and will it come back?
8. How would my surgery be done?
9. Will liposuction alone work for me?
10. Where will the incisions be? Will the scars show?
11. What prescriptions will I need? What are they for?
12. How long after surgery before I can go home?
13. Will I have drains?
14. How long will I need to wear a compression vest?
15. How much time do I need to take off work?
16. When can I start lifting weights?
17. What risks does the surgery have?
18. How are complications handled?
19. Can I see before and after pictures of gynecomastia patients?
20. What is the cost?

Getting answers to all of your questions will ease your anxiety and ensure a positive experience. Dr. Delgado states that the only complaint he has received from his male breast reduction patients is that they wish they had their surgery a long time ago! Start today by calling (415) 898-4161 for your initial consultation!

The Importance of Before and After Pictures of Gynecomastia Patients

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

This 31-year-old San Francisco, CA man is 5’3” and 150lbs, having dealt with gynecomastia since adolescence. His father had the condition as well. He underwent glandular excision and suction-assisted lipectomy of the chest at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center. His goal was to achieve “a better shape.”

San Francisco, California-It is interesting to note that all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons receive special training in the correct way to photograph patients before and after surgery. It is an exceptional tool for surgeons to accurately document their surgical planning. In addition, before and after pictures can play a vital part in helping a patient choose their surgeon.

Pictures show the patient what the surgeon’s aesthetic values are. The patient can see how organized and attentive to detail the surgeon is. If you do not see consistency and care in photographs, how do you know great attention to detail will be done in surgery?

For patients looking at a surgeon’s before and after surgery pictures of men with gynecomastia, there are a number of things to look for in determining the accuracy. Men should look for pictures of a man with a similar build and similar man boobs or moobs. Remember there are no two patients alike, so you will not find someone who looks just like you, but you should be able to get a good idea of the results you can expect. It is important to note that all of the photographs shown in Dr. Delgado’s photo albumsand displayed on his website have written consents from his patients. It is greatly appreciated that many patients are willing to share their pictures for other men to see what possible results they can expect. Sharing of pictures is by no means a requirement; all patients have the option to keep them private.

Hopefully the surgeon will show you different angles of each patient as looking at just one view may not give the true results, almost anything can be made to look good if it is from only one angle. The pictures need to be set up so that the background is consistent, such as a black drape. In addition, the positioning of the patient in the frame needs to be as close as possible for both the before and after picture. The lighting and color saturation need to be as close as possible for each picture. Body position should be identical with the arms down at the sides. If arms are raised even partially in one picture and not the other, it will change the look of the male chest, making it impossible to assess the surgical result. photographer - figure

Finding the right gynecomastia specialist can be very challenging for men. Some men have heard stories of plastic surgeons on gynecomastia.org that tried to remove their male breasts by liposuction alone, necessitating a secondary surgery. The only time that liposuction alone will reduce the male chest is for the man that has “pseudo-gynecomastia”, which means their gynecomastia is caused by fat only and not additional breast tissue as is the case for the man with true gynecomastia.

Now available to Dr. Delgado’s patients with “pseudo-gynecomastia” is an alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that will reduce the fat in the chest over a period of 2 to 4 months. This procedure reduces the cost of gynecomastia treatment.

For the man searching for the best top plastic cosmetic surgeon trained in gynecomastia surgery, viewing the before and after pictures of the surgeon’s patients will be extremely valuable in determining the surgeon’s skills. In addition, be sure to ask lots of questions such as; how many male breast reductions surgeries are done each year? How does the surgeon plan to do your procedure? Where will your surgery be done? If the surgeon has his or her own surgical suite, ask for a tour and note if it is organized and clean. Do you feel comfortable with the staff? Make sure the surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and the surgical center is accredited. Call for a consultation today at (415) 898-4161 or email.

 

If I Need a Second Stage Gynecomastia Surgery, What Will it Cost?

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Severe Gynecomastia

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6 months After Stage One Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gynecomastia breasts (also known as moobs) comes in many different forms, from minor to severe. Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated as such.

For the fortunate men that have what is known as “pseudo-gynecomastia”, liposuction alone may be possible, for that condition is caused by fat alone and does not include breast tissue.

Then for the man that has only a mild to moderate case, it is possible for them to have a less invasive procedure known as the “Light Pull-through Procedure”, see details in the blog dated October 27, 2010.

For the moderate to severe cases, it is sometimes recommended that the surgery be done in two separate stages, allowing the patient to heal from the first surgery for approximately 4 to 6 months so that the blood flow can reestablish itself underneath the nipple-areolar complex. At the time of the initial consultation, it will be possible for Dr. Delgado to advise the patient if a second stage, also known as the peri-areolar lift, may be necessary to get optimal results. The second stage is usually done as an office procedure under local anesthesia with a fee of about $2500 to $2800, but as mentioned before each case is individual and the secondary surgery will depend on how much skin and laxity is present.

 

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2 Weeks After Stage Two Surgery

What Happens if I am not Happy With my Gynecomastia Surgery Result?

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Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center Staff

Dr. Delgado realizes that, for some San Francisco Bay Area men, it is hard to make the decision to go forward with male breast reduction surgery, some worry about what happens if they are not satisfied with the result.

Dr. Delgado’s main goal is patient satisfaction. At the time of the initial consultation he is very attentive to the patient’s concerns, he wants to be sure he understands what the patient’s goals are. He then describes to the patient what the surgery entails; stating that no surgery is perfect but tremendous improvement can be expected.

If a  revision is needed within the first year for the gynecomastia breast, there is no charge if it can be done as an office procedure. If it needs to be done at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, there is still no professional fee by Dr. Delgado, but there may be fees for anesthesia and the operating room.

“Will Insurance Cover Gynecomastia Surgery?”

This question comes up frequently, it is hard to imagine that most insurance companies (if not all) consider gynecomastia surgery a cosmetic procedure. On the other hand, breast reduction surgery for women in many cases is a covered procedure. In comparing the procedures, it is understandable why it is covered for women. Women have issues of back, neck and shoulder pain due to large, pendulous breasts. Most San Francisco Bay Area men do not have physical symptoms of discomfort due to their moobs, or gynecomastia breasts.

Women do have to get pre authorization in order to get coverage for their surgery, and it is not always approved. Each insurance company has its own criteria and process that one must go through to get approval. For men seeking male breast reduction, it is almost never covered. There have been a few cases that succeeded, but almost always would be in the instance of a juvenile. For men that have pain due to their enlarged breasts, getting coverage, might be possible. It will depend on their insurance. It is worth a try!

Unfortunately, insurance companies do not consider the sometimes debilitating psychological effects male breasts can have on a man as a reason for coverage. There have been one or two court cases challenging their position, and hopefully in the future it will be a covered procedure.

Gynecomastia Surgery Cost

HOW MUCH DOES GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY COST?…..

AND HOW DO I PAY FOR IT??

For many patients, a large factor in deciding if they will proceed with surgery will be its affordability. However, this is not a surgery that has a flat fee, it is a very personalized procedure and many factors need to be taken into consideration for each patient. Ideally the best way to receive a quote is to come in for a personal consultation with Dr. Delgado. Sometimes men want to know ahead of time what the cost will be especially if they live a distance away or due to the fact that they really have no idea and want to know if it is something they are even able to consider. Dr. Delgado understands this hesitancy and therefore offers a free phone consultation if the patient is able to email photos and provide a phone number, Skype is also an option. The patient would then be given a quote and would know exactly what to expect. Having a phone consultation not only provides the patient needed information but will also give him the opportunity to get to know Dr. Delgado and feel comfortable with his vast knowledge of gynecomastia as well as his compassion for men with this condition.

The cost for the surgery usually begins at about $7000; this would include all office visits, surgery center fees and anesthesia. Depending on how severe the case is would determine how involved the procedure will be. For more severe cases, sometimes a small breast lift may be needed to achieve the best result. In even more severe cases, a secondary procedure may be needed ….this is information that will be provided to you when consulting with Dr. Delgado whether in person or on the phone.

Deciding how to pay for the surgery can be a challenge. Some are fortunate enough to have the money on hand, but many do not. Sometimes a close friend or relative who understands how important this is to the patient may be in a position to help. Generally though, that may not be the case. Since this is such a private matter, most men do not want others to know about the surgery. We do not offer “in house” financing but we do accept MasterCard and Visa. We have referrals to companies that specialize in loans for surgical procedures. They have various payment plans and you may find one that works into your budget. We will be happy to work with you on this once you decide to move forward.

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