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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 consultation with Dr. Miguel Delgado at (415) 898-4161.

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 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.

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.

Call Today!

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 consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. to find what options are available to you for removal.

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!

After Gynecomastia Surgery, How Visible are the Scars?

drain-scar - photos before and after

Scar from drain before new technique

For the San Francisco Bay Area man, in order to remove male breast tissue and fat during male breast reduction surgery, an incision is made at the bottom half of the areola, between the darker and lighter skin. When it heals it is almost invisible. Chest hair can also help in hiding the incision.The healing process can take up to 6 months to a year.

I recommend silicon sheeting about 10 days after the incisions are healed. Silicon sheeting helps soften and lighten the color of the scar. I also do a tiny incision in the armpit for the liposuction cannula and for the drain.

My San Jose patients let me know that the tiny scar left by the drain under the arm was a point of concern, now by a new technique I place it high up in the armpit toward the back, most of my patients have a hard time finding it.

Depending on the severity of the gynecomastia breast determines the incisions, sometimes it can be less, in some cases it can be more if a second stage reduction is needed.

Scar Care after Gynecomastia Surgery

With all of the issues to consider when contemplating gynecomastia surgery, the question of resulting scars comes up often. This is understandable as men who want to get rid of their male breasts, don’t want to trade for another unsightly result.

It is extremely important to be sure your surgeon is an expert in gynecomastia surgery. Dealing with the resulting scars from male breast reduction surgery is secondary to the correct placement and technique of the surgical incisions. By placing the incision at the bottom of the areola most men find it difficult to see any resulting scar after all healing has taken place. However, to ensure the best possible result, Dr. Delgado has his patients use silicone gel sheeting about 10 days after the incisions are completely healed. The silicone helps soften and lighten the color and appearance of the scars. Silicone Gel Sheeting - pic

Directions for using the silicone gel sheeting are as follows:
1. Cleanse and thoroughly dry the scar area.
2. Cut a piece of the silicone sheeting slightly larger than the area of the scar.
3. Apply the adhesive side directly to the area and secure in place with tape or bandage.
4. Clean the silicone sheeting and the scar area on a daily basis using mild, non-oil based soap (Ivory or Neutrogena soaps are recommended). The silicone sheeting may be reapplied to the scar until the patient notices excessive wear or reduced adhesion and then a new strip of silicone sheeting should be administered. Product wear will depend upon the scar location and patient activity level. Typically, the silicone sheeting should be replaced every 10 to 14 days.
5. For best results, the sheeting should be worn 12 to 20 hours per day.
6. The surgeon is responsible for determining the treatment time for the patient. Generally, the minimum duration of treatment is 4 to 12 weeks.

Sun exposure on the healing incision must be avoided for the first few months. The sun can cause the pigment of the skin to darken and the tissue may thicken. Keep the scar covered with clothing or a bandage.

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