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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.

 

The Best Time to Have Gynecomastia Surgery

 

 

Before and After gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

This man has suffered from adolescent gynecomastia. He underwent glandular excision and liposuction of the chest, total fat extraction of 500cc from the right side and 450cc from the left. Total glandular tissue removed was 17 grams from the right side and 14 grams from the left.

Considerations For Surgery

The best time to have male breast reduction surgery is when you have decided to do it! However, if you are flexible, there are some things to consider when scheduling your surgery.

After surgery, you will be wearing a compression vest for the first 6 weeks of your recovery. In the winter time, the compression vest will keep you warmer as you will be wearing warmer, heavier clothing that will hide the vest.

Hiding Male Breasts

Wearing baggy clothing is how many men hide their male breasts, and after surgery, to conceal their compression vest. The compression vest isn’t as difficult to hide, as Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has designed his own compression garments that are more comfortable and functional than other vests. However, for the first 2 or 3 days you will have drains in place, and even with the convenient pockets in the Delgado vest for the drains, it is a little bulky and easier to hide under a heavy shirt.

Enjoy Your Summer

Summertime is when men want to spend more time outdoors wearing tank tops, T-shirts, and even going shirtless. Having surgery in the winter time will allow your recovery to take place before the summer months. Dr. Delgado recommends that you still use sunblock on your scars for a good 6 months and even up to a year. As long as the scars are still pink, you need protection with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, to avoid hyperpigmentation (scars turning permanently dark). Regular shirts and T-shirts do not protect scars from the sun’s rays, use a good sunscreen.

After gynecomastia surgery, you will need to take a break from your exercise program for 4 to 6 weeks. If jogging, bike riding, or other outdoor activities are your exercise choice, missing a few weeks in winter may be preferable than the pleasant days of summer.

Call Now!

If you have been thinking about gynecomastia surgery, now is the time to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miguel Delgado at (415) 898-4161.

Gynecomastia and the Need for Drains

 Drain for gynecomastia in San Francisco

Some men have voiced concern about the use of drains after male breast reduction surgery. They are somewhat cumbersome, and a little uncomfortable when removed, but the advantages greatly out weight the disadvantages.

Drains May Prevent Infections

Drains collapse the “dead space” that is left after surgery. Without the drain, the space may collect fluid and can cause an infection or other complications. The type of drain used is called a Jackson Pratt which uses mild suction removing fluids through a clear plastic tube from the surgery site to a small bulb that is placed in a small pocket of the compression vest.

Periodically the bulb needs to be emptied and Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. wants the patient to keep a log of the amount of fluid removed and its color. This information is important for Dr. Delgado to monitor how the healing is progressing.

The most common drainage is serosanguinous, which is a thin watery substance usually pink to dark red from red blood cells. If the fluid is thick and the color is yellow, green, tan, or brown, it is referred to as purulent exudate and may be an indication of bacteria present in high levels or an infection.

Experience Proves the Advantage of Drains

Some surgeons use drains, and some do not. Dr. Delgado has over 25 years of gynecomastia surgery experience, and he claims that by using drains the incidence of complications is very minimal. If drains are not used it is possible that fluid may collect in the “dead space” and will need to be aspirated and maybe more than once.

For most patients, the drains are removed at the first post-operative visit usually within 4 days. When the tube is removed from the surgery site, you may feel a slight burning sensation, but it only lasts a few seconds.

Stay in Touch With Your Surgeon

Dr. Delgado instructs his patients to notify him if any of the following conditions are noted:
• Fever
• The color of fluid is brown, yellow, or green
• A change in the odor of the fluid
• An increase of pain

For any concerns about male breast reduction, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado.

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery, What to Expect

Gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

Be Patient, Swelling Takes Weeks to Resolve

Recovery from gynecomastia surgery, like most surgeries, will go through several stages. You will experience bruising and swelling. The bruising may be minimal, or for some, it can be quite extensive, healing can take 2 to 3 weeks.

Swelling is normal with most of it subsiding in a few weeks but may take several months for all of it to resolve. However, severe swelling can be the sign of something more serious such as a hematoma. A hematoma is bleeding under the skin. A very low percentage of Dr. Delgado’s patients experience this complication due to his advanced surgical techniques.

Drains and Sutures

Drains will be placed at the end of your surgical procedure to remove fluid that accumulates naturally. The drains will be removed at the first post-operative visit, usually within 2 to 3 days. Additionally, sutures are removed after 1 week.

After surgery, Dr. Delgado has his patients placed in a compression vest to be worn for 6 weeks and emphasizes there is to be no strenuous exertion or formal exercise for 4 to 6 weeks.

Protect Gynecomastia Scars From the Sun

Patients are warned to keep their chest out of the sun for several months. The sun can cause hyper-pigmentation on fresh scars turning them permanently dark. Once a scar is no longer pink sun exposure should be safe, but the use of sun block is recommended.

Gynecomastia patients may have a temporary decrease in the sensation of the nipple-areola complex, for most patients it is insignificant, but for some, it may take a year for full sensation to return. Massage is recommended to reduce hypersensitivity of the skin as sensation returns.

Blood Thinners Must be Avoided!

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. warns patients to continue to avoid all blood thinners for at least 2 weeks after their surgery because it is possible to still have a bleeding issue. In addition, he advises his patients to follow a healthy diet for a faster recovery.

Schedule a gynecomastia consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Delgado to address any male breast issues you have.

The Different Grades of Gynecomastia

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.

Adolescent gynecomastia in San Francisco

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.

Men Worldwide Suffer from Gynecomastia

San Francisco Gynecomastia

This is a 27 year old man who underwent gland excision and liposuction at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center. He had 350cc of fat and aspirate removed from his right side and 400cc from the left. He is seen here 2 months after surgery.

Scottish Men Have Gynecomastia

Cosmetic Surgery for men in Scotland has been booming. In the last decade, the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery has doubled. One of the most popular procedures is gynecomastia, up 13% from 2014. The majority are young men who work out at a gym. Also, men who have had significant weight loss and have been left with sagging skin, seek this corrective surgery. Scotland’s largest cities have a growing number of clinics making elective surgery more available for their population.

Gynecomastia in Singapore

There is an article in Singapore that has been published about a man named David (not his real name) who had gynecomastia. David’s story is a common one that we hear in the United States. He had been suffering from man boobs since his early 20’s; he tried to pass it off as nothing but he had physical discomfort in his chest that he could no longer ignore. He thought he might have heart problems, so he sought medical advice which revealed no medical issues.

David then turned to exercise and weight loss, but his man boobs remained, and the pain persisted. By researching online, David suspected that he had gynecomastia. He found a gynecomastia surgeon who confirmed his suspicion. With the support of his wife, surgery was scheduled. David was thrilled after recovery from his surgery, his chest pain was gone, and he now had a masculine chest. He stated that after 20 years he feels like “a real man.” He now encourages other men to seek gynecomastia surgery and not wait 20 years like he did.

Gynecomastia.org is Worldwide

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends to his male breast reduction patients to view the website gynecomastia.org.    Gynecomastia.org is the web’s best resource for information on gynecomastia. The site offers forums for men to share stories and ask questions of fellow forum members, and of member board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in gynecomastia.

Many countries are represented in the forums such as; Canada, the U.K., Asia, Australia, South America, the Middle East, and many more. Gynecomastia.org assists men in finding support and surgeons in their area.

Call Now!

Are you ready to have a normal male chest? Call Dr. Delgado today, (415) 898-4161 for a gynecomastia consultation.

Preparing for Gynecomastia Surgery

The educational organization, “The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,” (ASAPS), is a society made up of board certified plastic surgeons. The society’s purpose is to sponsorscientific meetings presenting the latest developments in cosmetic plastic surgery.

Smart Beauty Guide for gynecomastia

“The Smart Beauty Guide” was created by ASAPS to educate patients and assist in their making of informed choices when it comes to cosmetic surgery. The guide has a section for gynecomastia surgery with pertinent information on all aspects of the surgery. In preparing for gynecomastia surgery, the guide recommends the following:

  • Sun tanning can increase scarring and should be avoided at least two weeks prior surgery.
  • Cigarettes and all nicotine products must be stopped for a minimum of 4 weeks before surgery, nicotine is known to interfere with healing.
  • All supplements and medications that thin the blood must be discontinued at least two weeks before surgery.
  • Staying hydrated before and after surgery promotes healing.
  • If you have any illness or infection before surgery, inform your surgeon.
  • Lab tests need to be done promptly.
  • If your work is labor intensive be sure to allow plenty of time off work for gynecomastia recovery.
  • You will need a responsible adult to take you home after surgery and accompany you for the first 24 hours.
  • Have books, movies, and a laptop available to keep you occupied while recovering.
  • Get all prescriptions filled in advance.

Dr. Delgado’s Gynecomastia Booklet

As a patient of Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. you will receive a 40 page preoperative booklet with detailed instructions for before and after male breast reduction surgery. Included in the booklet is an extensive list of all medications and supplements that need to be avoided.

Schedule a Gynecomastia Consultation

Being well prepared before surgery leads to a stress-free recovery. Call today (415) 898-4161 to schedule a gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Delgado.

 

The Physical Exam for Gynecomastia

 

In a previous blog, details of what to expect during an initial consultation for gynecomastia were reviewed. Click here to read the blog.

To properly diagnose adult gynecomastia a physical exam is necessary. Most exams include the following:
• Exam of the breasts
• Is there any discharge from the nipples?
• Is there an enlargement of lymph nodes in the armpits or the breast?
• Determining if a man’s gynecomastia is “true gynecomastia” or “pseudo-gynecomastia” which is caused by fat alone.
• Assessment of breast tissue
• Checking the size and consistency of the testicles for lumps or asymmetry. Most lumps are benign, but testicular cancer can cause swelling of the breasts.

Physical examination for gynecomastia in San Francisco

Physical Examination for Gynecomastia

When the surgeon does a breast exam, he will have the patient lay flat on his back. The surgeon will bring his thumb and forefinger together on each side of the breast. If the surgeon can feel a disk-shaped mound of tissue behind the nipple and areola, it would indicate “true gynecomastia.” Patients with “pseudo-gynecomastia” will not have such a disk.

Once it is determined what type of gynecomastia is present, the surgeon will then discuss the patient’s options.

Call today (415) 898-4161 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. You’ll be glad you did!

Let Me Get This Off My Chest! Personal Gynecomastia Stories

Before and After Gyneomastia in San Francisco

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia on the Internet

Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that some of the best information you can get on a cosmetic surgery is to hear a patient’s own story. This is especially true for gynecomastia, as men are usually reluctant to talk about their “man boobs.” However, a Google search will show there are many men willing to share their experience in the hopes that they can offer support and encouragement to other men who suffer in silence with gynecomastia.

Lost Weight but Still Has Gynecomastia

For example, there is a posting by a man who tells us how his female type breasts never went away since he was a young man; no matter how much he exercised and how much weight he lost. In fact, he felt his breasts were even more visible as his chest muscles developed when he was working out. He shared how hard it was for him to see a specialist and discuss his condition, but was relieved to find how supportive the doctor and staff were. After he had done a lot of research online, he decided to proceed with surgery, even though he was very anxious. Obviously, he is very thrilled with his results and wrote his story which you can read in its entirety here. Note, he also has a link to his before and after pictures.

Man Boobs and Depression

In another story, a man shares how his man boobs caused him a lot of depression and anxiety, and how he missed out on a lot of activities such as going to the beach or pool, but instead, he spent his time in front of a computer. After suffering for nine years with his female type breasts, he tells us how his male breast reduction surgery changed his life. He did copious amounts of research on gynecomastia, which he shares in his story. See the whole article here.

For many more stories, log on to www.gynecomastia.org, “the Web’s Best Resource for Information”. Click on the tab for “Gynecomastia 101,” then go to “Living With Gynecomastia” and from there go to “Patient’s Stories.”

Take the First Step!

If hearing these stories has helped you make the decision to see a gynecomastia specialist, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D., who along with his staff will put you at ease and make you glad that you have taken the first step in ridding yourself of your man boobs.

Allure Magazine Features Breast Reduction for Men

 Allure Magazine

Allure, the popular magazine that touts itself as the beauty authority, offers beauty tips and features articles on fashion, beauty products, and news in cosmetic plastic surgery.

A recent article published in Allure addresses why more men are getting male breast reductions than ever before. As reported in our previous blog, the article starts out quoting statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on breast reduction surgery showing that men for the first time accounted for 40% of the total.

Stigma for Men Removed

Allure points out how social media and reality shows have helped lift the stigma of men having cosmetic surgery. While women have breast reduction surgery to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain, men are more likely to seek surgical correction due to the embarrassment of their female type breasts.

Gynecomastia comes in varying degrees of severity. For mild cases, men who work out want a more toned look with their pec muscles more apparent. Gynecomastia surgery can help achieve their goal by removing and sculpting the layer of fatty tissue sitting on top of the muscle. For moderate to severe breast development, men seek gynecomastia surgery so that they can feel more comfortable when they go shirtless.

Quick Recovery

Allure points out that men today are more likely to pursue male breast reduction surgery because not a lot of time off work is necessary. Recovery is relatively quick and their shirts hide their post-operative garments.

Get Help Today!

Miguel Delgado, M.D. encourages men suffering from gynecomastia to call (415) 898-4161 or email info@dr-delgado.com today for a consultation.

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