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Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, is a condition of overdevelopment of the breast tissue in men or boys. This is often caused by hormone imbalances and leaves the male breasts larger or uneven. This condition affects 50-65% of boys and men. In some cases, the situation may resolve on its own. In others, surgery is needed.

Dr. Delgado specializes in gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction. This procedure eliminates the excess breast tissue and leaves the male chest flatter, firmer, and better proportioned with the rest of the male figure.


  • Causes: Hormone imbalance from adolescence, lowered testosterone, medication, and more...
  • Length of procedure: 2-3 hours
  • Recovery time: About 3-6 weeks.
  • Cost: Between $8,500-$12,000.
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Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

The benefits of gynecomastia surgery are as follows:

  • A more masculine figure
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Makes physical activity easier
  • Improved posture
  • Quick procedure time
  • Makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight
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    If you are dealing with a feminine chest, a lack of confidence, or other concerns that are associated with gynecomastia, you may be an ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco. Candidates should also meet the following requirements:

    • Your condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
    • You’re in good health and at a stable weight
    • You do not smoke or take drugs
    • You have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for you
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    Dr. Miguel Delgado

    Why Choose Dr. Delgado for Gynecomastia Surgery?

    Dr. Miguel Delgado is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a world-renowned authority on gynecomastia. He has treated thousands with this condition, including many who have traveled to him for male breast reduction in San Francisco. In addition to resolving gynecomastia for first-time patients, a large part of his male breast reduction practice comprises revision surgeries for men who are unhappy with their outcome from other practices.

    Dr. Delgado is also the medical director of—the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. He dedicates most of his time to helping men and boys who are seeking treatment for this condition and is an internationally-respected gynecomastia expert.

    If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Delgado to discover what can be done to resolve your gynecomastia, please feel free to contact our practice online or by telephone today.

    My experience with Dr. Miguel Delgado and his team was awesome! I spoke with a few doctors before doing my gynecomastia procedure. With his past experiences and a subject matter expert, I knew he was the right doctor to do my procedure. His entire staff was professional, friendly and very supportive throughout the entire process. I highly recommend them.

    — Jayat


    Your gynecomastia procedure will remove either excess fatty tissue with liposuction or glandular tissue with excision. In some cases, both will be done. If it is necessary, the areola will be reduced or the nipple may be repositioned to create a natural male contour. Depending on which type of gynecomastia you have, your procedure may vary.

    • True gynecomastia - True gynecomastia is caused by enlarged glandular tissues.
    • Pseudogynecomastia - Male breasts develop due to fat deposits in the breast area.
    • Idiopathic gynecomastia - No cause has been found for the condition.

    Dr. Delgado also provides revision gynecomastia for those who are not satisfied with the work of a previous surgeon.

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    During your consultation with Dr. Delgado, he will talk with you about the best ways to prepare for your surgery. He will ask you to stop smoking and stop taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin or Vitamin E.

    This consultation is also an important time to provide all the needed information Dr. Delgado asks for. You can get any questions answered during your consultation, and be walked through the details of the procedure by Dr. Delgado, who takes the time to ensure every patient is fully prepared and ready for surgery.

    Before your surgery, arrange for someone to drive you to and from our practice, and to stay with you to help care for you after your procedure.

    Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery

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    After your procedure, you will be bandaged and wear a compression garment. This will help minimize swelling and support your new chest contour during the healing process. You may also have a surgical drain to help fluid and blood drain from the area.

    You will feel sore during the first few days, but the pain should not be too significant. You might experience a temporary loss of sensation in the nipples. For the great majority of patients, full sensation is gradually restored over the course of a few weeks or months.

    Most patients are able to return to light or sedentary work in about a week. Swelling will continue to go down as you recover, and you should be fully healed in about six weeks.

    Gynecomastia Journey with Three Patients

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    Gynecomastia FAQs

    Will I have scars after gynecomastia?

    Will nipple sensation be affected?

    How long will my results last?

    What is the cost?

    Is there a way to treat gynecomastia without surgery?

    Are there any age requirements?

    Are there any exercises I can do to treat my gynecomastia?

    Are there any risks with gynecomastia surgery?

    Will I have scars after gynecomastia?

    There is minimal scarring, with most scars being hidden under the armpit and the bottom third of the areola.

    Will nipple sensation be affected?

    Change or loss of nipple sensation is possible, although permanent loss is rare. Sensitivity usually decreases after surgery, then returns as you finish healing.

    How long will my results last?

    The results are often permanent. However, if gynecomastia resulted from the use of certain medications, drugs, or weight gain, returning to these or gaining weight again will affect results.

    What is the cost?

    The general cost range is $8,500 to $12,000, depending on the complexity and time required for surgery.

    Is there a way to treat gynecomastia without surgery?

    True gynecomastia requires surgery to address it. In some cases, hormone treatments can also help improve the situation.

    Are there any age requirements?

    Gynecomastia can be performed once you are at least two years after puberty. After this time the breast tissue will not resolve. If there is a significant physical, phycological, and social issue with a young man then surgery is often considered with discussion with the pediatrician and endocrinologist.

    Are there any exercises I can do to treat my gynecomastia?

    If the condition is partly caused by excess weight, we recommend cardio and chest exercises such as a rowing machine or swimming. However, these alone will not resolve gynecomastia.

    Are there any risks with gynecomastia surgery?

    Aside from usual surgical risks, the most common complication is an accumulation of fluid in the wound. Some loss of nipple sensation may occur.

    Dr. Miguel Delgado also provides gynecomastia surgery in Sonoma, CA.

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