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Liposuction and Gland excision Surgery in San Francisco

                                                      Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

There are several different types of gynecomastia with varying degrees of severity. The amount of fat versus breast tissue varies greatly. Gynecomastia patients must be evaluated on an individual basis. Often the ratio of fat to breast tissue can’t be determined until surgery, and that will determine the surgical approach.

Liposuction Will Not Remove Breast Gland

Men with gynecomastia who research their options are lead to believe that liposuction alone may be their solution. Unfortunately, many plastic surgeons agree with this treatment. There are many different types of liposuction machines available today. Many surgeons claim they can remove fat and breast tissue with liposuction. However, no energy device can remove breast tissue that is found in almost 80% of gynecomastia patients. Breast tissue must be removed by surgical excision.

A small percentage of men have what is referred to as “pseudo-gynecomastia.” Pseudo-gynecomastia is where the male breast is almost all fat. For these men, liposuction is a great treatment. It is possible for these men to reduce their male breasts if they lose weight. If they are struggling with weight loss, liposuction or even CoolSculpting may be the answer. But men, who have breast tissue left behind after liposuction, will find they now have what is referred to as “puffy nipples.”

Liposuction May Leave Puffy Nipples

Puffy nipples are caused by breast tissue that remains behind the nipple. Without the fat as a buffer, the nipples protrude even more than before surgery. When researching gynecomastia surgery, check out unhappy patients who are seeking revision surgery on RealSelf.com and Gynecomastia.org.

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing gynecomastia surgery for almost 30 years. He states that about 40% of his gynecomastia practice is revision surgeries, and most of them are for patients who had liposuction alone.

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Puffy Nipples After Gynecomastia Surgery!

Puffy Nipples in San Francisco

Puffy Nipples                                    After Corrective Surgery


Many men complain about puffy nipples after healing from gynecomastia surgery. Liposuction is great for fat removal but will not remove the gland effectively.

Gynecomastia Revision Surgery

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D.’s gynecomastia practice consists of about 40% revision cases after surgery performed by another surgeon. Removing the correct amount of tissue and fat from the male breast takes the expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia. Many surgeons are very conservative in their removal of tissue to avoid creating a crater deformity. However, when too much gland is left behind, it will push the areola out causing “puffy nipples.”

Crater Deformity in San Francisco

Crater Deformity

After Corrective Surgery

1 Month After Corrective Surgery


Gynecomastia patients that have had male breast reduction surgery and end up with puffy nipples are understandably discouraged because their only recourse is a secondary surgery to remove additional breast gland. This revision surgery is a little more complicated due to scar tissue that has formed from the initial surgery.

Choose Your Surgeon Carefully

It is important to choose your surgeon carefully. First, make sure that he or she is board certified in plastic surgery. Secondly, make sure your surgeon has extensive experience with gynecomastia surgery, taking the right amount of fat and tissue is critical to get the precise sculpting for the chest. If too much is removed a crater deformity will be the result, if not enough gland is removed, you will end up with puffy nipples. In both cases additional surgery will be required for correction, it is much better to get it right the first time.

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Call now (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado if you are suffering from male breasts or are in need of gynecomastia revision.

Common and Rare Causes of Gynecomastia

Common Causes Cured by Gynecomastia Surgery

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery




Physiologic Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the proliferation of benign glandular breast tissue in men. Gynecomastia can be physiologic (normal body function), such as in newborns, adolescent young men and older men after the age 50. Gynecomastia can also be non-physiologic occurring at any age.

For physiologic gynecomastia, newborn babies may show breast development due to the conversion of androgenic hormones to estrogenic hormones by the placenta. However, for babies the breast usually returns to normal within a few weeks. For adolescent boys going through puberty, many will develop puffy nipples and/or fullness of their breast as they go through normal changes in hormone levels. However, for most young boys their gynecomastia breast will return to normal within a few weeks to a maximum of a couple of years. Male breast development is common in the aging man as testosterone levels begin to drop. Many older men choose to have male breast reduction surgery later in life.

Common Causes

Other more common causes for gynecomastia are medications, anabolic steroids, chemotherapy, dialysis, alcohol and marijuana abuse.

Uncommon Causes

Men need to be aware of uncommon causes that can attribute to the gynecomastia breast such as Graves’ disease and Klinefelter’s syndrome. Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for only 1% of all breast cancers, however for men with Klinefelter’s syndrome, the incidence of breast cancer is 50 times higher.

For men who are malnourished, testosterone levels drop but estrogen continues to be produced causing an imbalance of hormones. Once normal nutrition takes place, male breasts may develop, this is called “re-feeding gynecomastia.” This phenomenon was noted when many malnourished prisoners of war were released after World War II. Within 1 to 2 years, the condition corrected itself.

Lavender and Tea Tree Oil

Another possible rare cause of gynecomastia in pre-pubertal boys could be the repeated use of lavender and/or tea tree oil as these

Can Lavender Oil Cause Gynecomastia

Lavender Oil

oils mimic the actions of estrogens and may inhibit the effects of androgens. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says more research needs to be done to support the link between these oils and gynecomastia.

It can be very challenging to determine the cause of gynecomastia. It is important for men with gynecomastia breasts to seek an evaluation from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia, who can determine if further evaluation from an endocrinologist may be recommended.

Get an Expert Opinion

Men with any gynecomastia concerns are encouraged to email or call (415) 898-4161 to set a consultation with Miguel Delgado, M.D., who has specialized in gynecomastia since 1989 and is considered an expert in the field.

“Puffy Nipples” are Gynecomastia

Miguel A. Delgado, M.D.

Miguel A. Delgado, M.D.

San Francisco, California-“Puffy Nipples” are true Gynecomastia, states Dr. Miguel Delgado . When the nipple areola has a protuberance and fullness causing a dome shape, it is because of the dense Gynecomastia breast tissue under the nipple. This is the original placement of the breast bud during development in puberty; it can grow during adolescent years to various sizes.

“Puffy Nipples” are seen more often in younger men. The cone shape is due to the fact that there is very little fat and the excess gland makes for the embarrassing projection, known as “Puffy Nipples.”


Puffy Nipples

This young man is 17 years old, 5’6” and 140lbs. He has had gynecomastia since sixth grade, having dealt with years of teasing at school. As a result, his self-confidence suffered greatly and prior to surgery he never took off his shirt in front of others. His primary concern was to reduce the nipple protrusion.


Many San Francisco Bay Area patients from Sacramento, San Jose and beyond, ask what treatments are available as seen in this post on gynecomastia.org. You may need to become a member in order to read the posts, but there is no charge, and it is a great forum with many questions and answers posted by members and Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. In about 80% to 90% of young men with “Puffy Nipples,” once they pass puberty, will find their chests will resolve on their own without any treatment. For the few that continue to have “Puffy Nipples” into adulthood, they most likely will need male breast reduction surgery to remove the excess breast gland by surgical excision as in the treatment for “true gynecomastia.”


The good news is that while young, the skin has great elasticity. Once the fullness is removed, the nipple areola will shrink and flatten out nicely.

Many patients feel that the “Puffy Nipple” Syndrome improves when they are cold. This happens when a muscle in the areola is stimulated, then it contracts, tightens and flattens. However, the puffiness will return once the coldness or stimulation is removed, and the muscle relaxes.

Often “the light pull-through procedure” can be performed. This is a much less invasive procedure where the gland is removed with a small incision around the areola. The advantages of this method are many including; no need for post-operative drains, less time in surgery, faster recovery, a smaller incision resulting in a smaller scar and the scar heals to almost invisible at the edge of the areola.


The treatment of “Puffy Nipples” is very successful with an extremely high satisfaction rate. If you suffer from “Puffy Nipples,” you are invited to call (415) 898-4161 or email (info@dr-delgado.com) for a consultation with Dr. Delgado to learn what your options are.

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