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Report for 2015 Shows Increase for Gynecomastia Surgery

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) represents over 7,000 member surgeons, making them the largest society of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and they are acknowledged as a leading authority and source of information on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

New Statistics Just Released

ASPS’ statistics for 2015 were recently published. The statistics show a 2% increase over 2014 for surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, with a total of 15.9 million procedures performed.

Gynecomastia Surgery Increases in 2015

Breast reduction surgery for 2015 was 68,106; of that number, more than 40% was breast reduction for men, at a total of 27,456. This is the first year that there was such a high percentage of men having breast reduction surgery reflecting a 5% increase over 2014.

Miguel Delgado, M.D. confirms that he has seen an increase in his gynecomastia practice as well; the stigma for men to have cosmetic surgery has all but disappeared. Male breast reduction is mostly by younger men who are seeking correction for the size and shape of their breasts.

Gynecomastia Specialist to the Rescue!

Are you tired of missing out on many outdoor activities that involve removing your shirt, or feel self-conscious in intimate situations? Call Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. today (415) 898-4161 or email [email protected] for a confidential consultation, he is a gynecomastia specialist who understands your discomfort!

Propecia Users File Lawsuit Against Merck

In 1997 the FDA approved finasteride, a drug marketed by Merck under the label of Propecia and Proscar. Propecia and Proscar inhibit androgen conversion to testosterone, the male sex hormone. Originally used for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostate enlargement. This would decrease the problems of high testosterone such as male pattern baldness and prostate enlargement. In Merck’s 5 year testing they found 9 out of 10 men had improved appearances by visual assessment.

However, recently there has been multiple personal injury lawsuits filed against Merck due to serious side effects claimants have made, including:

  • Heightened prostate cancer risk
  • Gynecomastia (male breasts)
  • Decreased arousal and libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • And more

The FDA made an announcement in June of 2011 requiring Merck to add new drug label warnings to Propecia. The FDA is also advisingFDA - Logo Healthcare professionals to be aware of the “warnings and precautions” sections of the labels for the 5-Alpha reductase inhibitor class of drugs which includes Propecia.

Interestingly, Merck updated the warnings for the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy in 2008. Propecia sales are almost a half billion dollars a year and Merck’s patents don’t run out until 2013.

Lawsuits against drug manufacturers are very hard to win unless you can prove “failure to warn”. If you go to, the website is “currently not available” but encourages patients to report negative side effects to the FDA!

For San Francisco Bay Area gynecomastia surgery patients, it is very important to be aware of all drugs you are taking and inform your surgeon who will be trying to discover the cause of your gynecomastia and to determine your gynecomastia treatment.


Gynecomastia Surgery in Top 5 Procedures for Men


According to the “American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” (ASAPS), cosmetic procedures dropped only 2% from 2008. Compared to all surgical procedures, which had a drop of 17%. Of all cosmetic procedures done, men make up a total of 9%, but for men there was actually an increase of 8%.

Dr. Miguel A.. Delgado, Jr. is a member of ASAPS which is the leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, who specialize in cosmetic surgery. On March 9, 2010 the 13th Annual Cosmetic Surgery Statistics from the Aesthetic Society were published. You will note that gynecomastia surgery, male breast reduction, also known as Moobs, is in the top 5 procedures for men.

This can most likely be explained by the fact that many people realize the importance of feeling good about themself and how it projects into their lifestyle and work place. In these challenging times we are all facing, a good attitude and self image is of utmost importance.

Male Breasts and Cancer

 What? Breast Cancer in Men??

   When Rob Fechtner of Napa woke up one morning in 2006 to a sore spot on his chest and a strange indentation in his nipple, his first thought was that he’d pulled a muscle. Even his doctor told him it sf chroniclewas probably nothing to worry about.
But the inverted nipple bothered him, and with a little online research he learned it was a symptom of breast cancer – in men as well as women. He pushed his doctor for a mammogram, and two days later he learned that he did, in fact, have breast cancer. He’s since had a mastectomy and been treated with chemotherapy.
“Before I went on the Internet, I had no idea men could get breast cancer,” said Fechtner, 51. “I should have known in the back of my mind that it was a possibility. We need to get the message out there to men.”

Monday, December 7, 2009 (SF Chronicle)
Men need to check for breast cancer, too Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer
The above is an excerpt from a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle. There has been very little information in the media about breast cancer in men. When men come in for a consultation with Dr. Delgado, most are surprised when told that men can get breast cancer, however according to the American Cancer Society  it is usually in men of an average age of 67.  Some breast cancers are linked to inherited (from either parent) mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 tumor supressor genes. While it is very rare in men…less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States according to the American Cancer Society, it must be addressed when evaluating any breast surgery for men and women. That is why anytime Dr. Delgado does a breast reduction surgery, breast tissue samples are sent to pathology.

Dr. Delgado has done many breast reduction surgeries for women. Twice he has had the pathology report come back positive for breast cancer. This is devastating news to share with a patient that has just undergone surgery, but most likely has saved their lives.

Better news for men, of all the gynecomastia cases Dr. Delgado has performed, none of the pathology reports have come back positive for breast cancer. That does not mean you are not at risk, most people know of at least one man who has had breast cancer, or you may not be aware of it because men are much less likely to discuss it.microscope

Many men, on hearing the requirement of the pathology test, request not to have it done in order the save the additional expense, which can run as high as $500. This is not where you want to save money…this can save your life. If you have private insurance, most likely your insurance company will cover the cost.

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