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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 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.

Planning for Your Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia Surgery Preparations

Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center

Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center

A frequent question that gynecomastia surgery patients ask is: “What do I need to do to plan for my surgery?” Gynecomastia specialist, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M. D. is always happy to hear patients ask this question as their participation is crucial to obtaining the best outcome for their procedure.

Understandably patients are nervous at the preoperative appointment, many times verbal instructions are soon forgotten. Dr. Delgado designed an informative booklet that is presented to all of his patients for reference. However, when in doubt the office and Dr. Delgado are just a phone call away.

The comprehensive booklet of almost 40 pages contains a table of contents divided into sections. Preparing for surgery has directions for; “Starting Now,” and “The Day Before Surgery,” and “The Morning of Surgery.”

“Starting Now” includes details on:

• Cessation of smoking,  multivitamin consumption, aspirin usage, vitamin E limitations, laboratory tests, prescription fills

“The Day Before Surgery” includes details on:

• Confirmation of surgery time, prescriptions, bathing, eating and drinking limitations

“The Morning of Surgery” includes details on:

• Special information, oral hygiene, cleansing, clothing, check in/preparation

The next three pages of the booklet list many medications, supplements and herbal remedies that must be avoided two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. The reason these must be avoided is that they interfere with healing and many slow down blood clotting which can cause complications during and after surgery. Keep in mind this is not a complete list, and any medications or supplements that you take must be cleared by Dr. Delgado. Tylenol is allowed for pain relief.

Many Medications Must be Avoided

Many patients are surprised to see some of the things that need to be avoided. For example, on the list are:

  • Alka-Seltzer, Pepto-Bismol, Vanquish, Sine-off, Sinutab, Motrin, Midol, Actifed, Vitamin E, Raw Garlic, Vitamin-boosted Drinks, Fish Oil, Ginkgo Biloba, Melatonin, Echinacea, St. John’s Wart and many more.

In the next section “Going to Our Operating Facility,” there is a description of the operating suite and the recovery room followed by post-surgery arrangements. Dr. Delgado’s patient coordinator would be happy to give patients a tour of the surgery center.

Surgical Risks and Complications

Included are general surgical risks and complications, and then risks that are specific to the procedure(s), whether it is for a face lift, breast augmentation, gynecomastia surgery or any other cosmetic procedure.

There is a copy of the surgical consent form for the patient’s record.

There are detailed post-operative instructions that include; dressings, drains, compression vest, bathing, ice packs, diet, driving, follow up appointments. Additionally, what the patient can expect as they heal.

Policies regarding insurance coverage, financial arrangements, cancellation and revision surgeries are addressed.

Directions to the surgery center with a map are included.

The Importance of Nutrition for Surgery Patients

Lastly, there is a four page guide that gives detailed information and recommendations on nutrition and the effect it has on wound healing.

Dr. Delgado believes prepared patients have an easier surgery and faster recovery. Call (415) 898-4161 or email info@dr-delgado.com today for a consultation for your desired cosmetic plastic surgical procedure.

Gynecomastia Surgery and the Danger of Smoking

 

Planning for gynecomastia surgery can be an exciting time. To get the best possible results, the patient needs to follow all directions given by their surgeon. Miguel Delgado, M.D. gives all of his cosmetic plastic surgery patients a detailed information booklet to guide them through all pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

Some Things Must be Avoided

There are many important guidelines that need to be followed such as; avoiding blood thinners that can cause complications during and after surgery. The information booklet gives a detailed list of herbs, vitamins and supplements that must be stopped two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.

In addition to avoiding blood thinners, one of the most important warnings given to patients is the mandatory abstinence from smoking. Two weeks before and two weeks after surgery would be the minimum, however, longer or permanently would be better.

No Smoking in San Francisco

Smoking Danger for the Surgery Patient

Many patients who have a hard time quitting smoking may decide a little bit won’t hurt, or if having just one who will know? Cigarettes are incredibly addictive, and it is understandable why patients have such a hard time stopping.

There are several reasons it is imperative that the patient quits smoking before surgery. Cigarette smoke is known to have more than 250 toxins including; carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and of course nicotine. These toxins all interfere with wound healing.

Oxygen is delivered to the tissues via the blood vessels. Oxygenated blood fights infection and is the means of transport for antibiotics and other medications through the body. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, when this happens it is possible for blood clots to form affecting blood flow to the capillaries. When there is a reduction in blood flow to the tissues, the cells may die causing what is known as necrosis. When necrosis occurs, the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed requiring debridement which is surgical removal. When debridement is necessary, the surgical outcome may be less than optimal.

There have been many studies done showing surgical results between patients who smoke versus the non-smoker. The studies show that smokers are much more likely to develop pneumonia, have a stroke, cardiac arrest or a heart attack. Additionally, smokers need more anesthesia and pain medication.

There is Help for the Smoker!

For a patient not to disclose that fact that they smoke to their surgeon would be a serious mistake, far better would be to enlist the help of your surgeon. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has helped many patients quit smoking by prescribing prescriptions such as Chantix. Remember, Dr. Delgado’s main goal is the safety of his patients so they can move forward with their gynecomastia reduction goals.

Help is a Phone Call Away

For any gynecomastia concerns, call Dr. Delgado today (415) 898-4161 or email info@dr-delgado.com for a consultation.

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