Improving Scars after Gynecomastia Surgery

  Gynecomastia Scar Treatment | San Jose

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Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery with scar treatment

 

San Jose, California – In most cases, the incision for gynecomastia that goes partially around the areola, will heal and be almost undetected. Due to the change in skin texture and color of the areola, the scar is well hidden after it heals. However, for some unknown reason, some people produce more collagen than others when recovering from surgery. Raised scars are referred to as keloids or hypertrophic scars. Excess collagen in scar formation can be unsightly, and the gynecomastia patient will have traded one problem for another.

 

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has specialized in gynecomastia since 1989, states that it is not medically necessary to remove male breast reduction scars, but it can cause a lot of embarrassment for the gynecomastia patient who wants the ability to go shirtless.

 

Today, there are options for minimizing scars. Depending on the severity and type of scar, surgical excision may be the best choice or steroid injections. Another very effective treatment that is now available at Dr. Delgado’s Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center is the Palomar Icon Fractional Laser, a non-invasive laser procedure that was created for scar treatment, wrinkle reduction, sun damaged skin and various other skin problems.

 

Dr. Delgado stresses the importance for men to follow all of their surgeon’s postoperative instructions, and states that those who do have the best results. The directions include avoidance of direct sunlight on the incisions while they are healing, for at least 6 months to a full year. Dr. Delgado advises his patients to keep their chest covered and use sunblock whenever outdoors during this period of healing. Sunlight is known to exacerbate the formation of hypertrophic scars.

 

Once the incisions have healed, Dr. Delgado has his patient’s start using silicone sheeting. Silicone will help control the formation of keloids.

If you have any gynecomastia revision issues, call (415) 898-4161 today for an appointment with Dr. Delgado.  Serving San Jose, San Mateo and the South Bay since 1986

Incomplete Gynecomastia Surgery-Why?

After Gynecomastia Surgery Puffy Nipples Remain

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             Puffy Nipples                                   After Corrective Surgery

It is not uncommon for a man to have gynecomastia surgery and then end up with “puffy nipples.” In the hands of less experienced surgeons who perform male breast reduction, all too often they will leave too much breast tissue behind. The remaining tissue behind the areola complex will push the nipple out and may be even more pronounced than before surgery.

Surgeons who attempt male breast reduction by liposuction alone will find that only the fat has been removed. The breast gland is too dense to be removed by the cannula. Only when a patient has pseudogynecomastia (enlarged breast due to fat only) will liposuction be a good technique.

In another scenario, some surgeons use liposuction and surgical excision of the gland, but so they don’t create what is known as “crater deformity” they are very conservative in the amount that is removed. Not removing enough of the breast gland will also result in “puffy nipples.”

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          Crater Deformity                                                                        After Corrective Surgery

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing gynecomastia surgery since 1989 and he states that 40% of his gynecomastia practice is revision surgeries to correct both “puffy nipples” and “crater deformity” for men that have had their surgery from another surgeon.

When choosing your gynecomastia surgeon, do your homework! Check that your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has extensive training in gynecomastia surgery. Ask to see many before and after pictures of patients, and read reviews.

If you are considering male breast reduction surgery, or if you are in need of gynecomastia revision, call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with gynecomastia expert,

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D.

Gynecomastia Surgery and Recurrents

Can Male Breasts Recur After Gynecomastia Surgery?

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Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

 

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Men who opt for male breast reduction surgery frequently ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. if it is possible for their breasts to grow back. It is possible for recurrence, however, it is rare. For true gynecomastia, the surgeon removes most of the breast gland and fat that are responsible for the enlarged male breast. Some tissue and fat remain to shape the chest and give support to the areola. It is the remaining tissue and fat that could pose a problem in the future.

 

Adolescent gynecomastia affects 65% of all young men. The good news is that for all but about 5% will find that their chest returns to normal within a few months up to 2 years. For the remaining young men, unfortunately, the male breast is permanent, and surgery will be their only option for a normal looking chest. Some young boys are so traumatized by having male breasts that surgery before finishing puberty may be recommended.

 

It is preferred to wait until a young man has completed puberty before having gynecomastia surgery; however, some boys have severe psychological issues and may be a candidate for early surgery. Since they have not completed puberty, and their hormones are still fluctuating, it is possible for the remaining tissue to regrow. Although Dr. Delgado says, this is very rare and for all the cases of young men that he has performed, he has never had to re-operate.

 

Another factor causing the reappearance of the male breast would be for a man who has gained a lot of weight. Even though many of the fat cells have been removed, the ones remaining will get larger with the additional storage of fat.

 

At the time of the consultation, Dr. Delgado will try to determine what caused the growth of the male breast so that steps can be taken to avoid recurrence in the future. Some of the more known possibilities responsible for gynecomastia after puberty and weight gain are:

  • Some prescription drugs
  • Testosterone and estrogen levels out of balance
  • Marijuana and other recreational drugs
  • Lower testosterone levels (usually in older men)
  • Anabolic steroids mostly used by bodybuilders
  • Psychological stress

 

The cause of gynecomastia for many men remains unknown and is referred to as idiopathic gynecomastia. Dr. Delgado has performed thousands of male breast reduction surgeries and has only seen a handful of cases of recurrence.

 

Schedule a gynecomastia consultation now with Dr. Delgado at, (415) 898-4161 to find what options are available for you.

 

Gynecomastia Surgery-Getting Prepared.

Getting Ready for Gynecomastia Surgery

San Jose, California | One of the top two plastic surgery societies is the “American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons” (ASAPS). The purpose ASAPS is to sponsor scientific meetings for their 2600+ board certified members. The latest innovations in plastic surgery are presented at these meetings.

ASAPS created “Smart Beauty Guide,” an online informational website. The objective of the guide is to educate the public in all aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery and support making smart choices.

The guide offers detailed information about many cosmetic procedures, before and after pictures, and posting questions to board certified plastic surgeons. Most importantly, the guide provides a directory where patients can find board certified plastic surgeons in their area. The directory gives detailed information on the surgeon’s credentials and training.

A valuable component of the guide is the information it provides the patient in preparing for surgery. For men contemplating gynecomastia surgery, the following recommendations are listed:

  • If you smoke, stop 4 weeks before surgery as it interferes with healing.
  • Discontinue all blood thinners such as aspirin 2 weeks before surgery.
  • Sun exposure may increase scarring, avoid tanning 2 weeks before surgery.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated.
  • Inform your surgeon if you have any infections or illness.
  • Plan enough time off work for recovery.
  • You will need a responsible adult to bring you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
  • Prescriptions need to be filled before surgery.
  • Have your blood test done promptly.
  • Plan things to keep you occupied during recovery such as reading material, movies, laptop, etc.
  • If you don’t have someone to prepare meals for you, have some frozen meals handy.
  • Have plenty of clean clothes that open in the front available.

 

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. provides a comprehensive surgical handbook to his patient’s that is specific to their procedure. In addition to the above information, he has detailed instructions for reference. However, patients are encouraged to call Dr. Delgado at any time they have questions.

 

Start your journey today to feel comfortable going shirtless! Call (415) 898-4161 for a gynecomastia consultation. Serving San Jose,California since 1986.