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Dr. Delgado Talks About Drains and Compression Vests


Dr. Delgado, a specialist in gynecomastia has been performing male breast reduction since 1989. Considered one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in all of the United States he has patients who travel from all parts of the United States and other countries to be treated by him.

Dr. Delgado is a Leader in Gynecomastia

Dr. Delgado provides the latest in technology and technique to his patients, many of which he designs himself. The result is a high satisfaction rate he receives from his patients. In the before and after pictures below is a delighted patient who wanted to share his own photos.

Dr. Delgado has a happy patient

In listening to his patients, Dr. Miguel Delgado,M.D. learned that the tiny scar left by the incision made for the drain was quite bothersome to many patients. Dr. Delgado explains in detail the need for drains; you can read more about that in the blog dated September 2017. Note in the after picture below where you can see the small scar right below the armpit.

Scar from drain before new technique


By moving the incision high up into the armpit, once it has healed patients have a hard time locating it!

Patient Comfort is Key

Another innovation by Dr. Delgado is the design of his unique compression vests. Previously commercial vests were bulky and did not have a provision for the awkward drain bulbs. Before, the bulbs were attached to the vest with a safety pin as shown in the picture.

Dr. Delgado vest

Dr. Delgado designed his vest with removable pockets that hold the bulbs. Once the drains were removed, the pockets came off making the vest less bulky. Also, the shoulder straps are adjustable allowing for more comfort. Then there is a second stage vest that is used when healing has progressed. The second vest is made of thinner material and has compression over the chest only. Lined with a soft T-shirt fabric, the vest is even more comfortable and undetectable under most shirts.

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Are you ready to address your gynecomastia concerns? Call now(415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado; you will be glad you did!


Gynecomastia Surgery and the “Light Pull-Through Procedure”

light pull-through surgery in San Francisco

This 29 year old man suffered from adolescent gynecomastia. He had glandular excision and liposuction of the chest.

For the majority of men with gynecomastia, the most effective treatment is surgical excision of the glandular tissue along with liposuction for fat removal and sculpting.  A small percentage of men have “pseudo-gynecomastia.” Pseudo-gynecomastia means their breasts are caused by fat and no breast tissue. In this case, liposuction alone may give them the desired results.

“Light Pull-Through” How it is Done


light pull-through procedure in San Francisco

There is another gynecomastia surgery known as the “Light Pull-Through Procedure.” This is an excellent choice for men with mild to moderate gynecomastia and good skin elasticity. Only a small

incision is made at the lower edge of the areola, about 3 to 5 mm. Through this incision, a cannula is inserted, and fat is removed by liposuction. Then, a special instrument similar to a “pickle fork” is used to free up glandular tissue by cutting connecting fibers. Next, the breast tissue is gently pulled through the incision, and the small amount of remaining tissue is blended with special scissors. In some cases, drains may be placed for 24 to 48 hours.

Fast Recovery

Candidates for this procedure will have less surgery time, and recovery is faster. Scarring is minimal and will fade to almost invisible.

Some patients who come to Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. for gynecomastia revision surgery had only liposuction to remove their male breasts. These men are unhappy with their results because the breast tissue was left behind giving them unsatisfactory results. Unfortunately, they may have been a candidate for the “Light Pull-Through Procedure” but now due to the scar tissue that naturally forms after liposuction; their revision surgery has become more complex.

Patient Selection is Critical

Patient selection for this procedure is critical. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Delgado now (415) 898-4161 to find out what gynecomastia procedure would give you the best results.

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.

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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.

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

Surgery Day! My Gynecomastia Story

Gynecomastia Specialist, Miguel elgado, M.D.

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Gynecomastia Specialist

In a Patient’s Own Words

You can read reviews, read blogs, research multiple websites, but getting the story of what gynecomastia surgery is like straight from a patient is incomparable! An out of town gynecomastia patient of Miguel Delgado, M.D.’s did just that. The patient documented his surgery experience from his arrival to the hotel through to the third day after surgery.

This documentation may not be state of the art video, but it lends to the authenticity of it! See the video here.

San Francisco gynecomastia patient

Gynecomastia patient

Our patient starts his video with his arrival to his hotel and is describing how he is feeling. Since his surgery is scheduled for later in the day, what seems to be causing him the most anxiety is being hungry! All surgeries that are performed under general anesthesia need to have the patient NPO, which is a Latin term “nil per os” and means nothing to eat or drink by mouth for several hours before surgery to ensure that the patient has an empty stomach. The anesthesiologist will call the patient the day before surgery and review all instructions.

Anxious but Happy!

Our gynecomastia patient describes that besides being hungry, he is anxious and nervous but very happy that he is finally having male breast reduction surgery so that he can get on with his life.

The next topic the patient presents is reviewing all the types of medication that he will be taking. All of the pill bottles are lined up as he describes them. First are his VitaMedica vitamins that he started two weeks before surgery, then he shows his antibiotics and anti-nausea pills that are started just prior surgery and then his pain pills that are for after surgery. Most patients find they only need the pain pills for a day or two.

After taking a shower our patient heads to the surgery center and after his pre-operative preparations he is wheeled into the operating room.

Ready to Live Life

After three days we see our patient again when he is ready to get his drains removed, he is very happy and says he is glad he had his surgery and is ready to live life!

Hopefully, this man’s story will help you make the decision to go ahead with a life changing surgery and once and for all get rid of those man boobs!

Call now (415) 898-4161 for a gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D.

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.

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