Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. It is a condition that can produce a female-like chest due to the increased breast tissue. This condition can be caused by certain drugs, steroids, weight gain, or genetics. Men with this issue often feel frustrated and anxious, most commonly in circumstances where the chest is exposed, such as by the pool or in the gym. Plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala offers surgical breast reduction for men who have gynecomastia. This surgery has a very high success rate. It is one of the more popular cosmetic treatments for men at A Woman Plastic Surgeon. To learn more, call our Metairie, LA office to schedule a private consultation.
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Male breast reduction treatment is a procedure for men with overly sized breasts that cannot be reduced with diet. If you are troubled by the size and shape of your chest, you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Mizgala at A Woman Plastic Surgeon. Adolescent teens may also benefit from gynecomastia surgery as they are particularly self-conscious. During your first appointment with Dr. Mizgala, treatment options will be provided.
A form of liposuction is almost always utilized during male breast reduction surgery. More complex cases are usually done with general anesthesia. In some cases, liposuction with some type of skin tightening, such as RFAL or Renuvion, is all that is required. This can be done in the office under local tumescent anesthesia. In most cases, a small incision is made in proximity to where the glandular tissue has formed under the areola. The denser glandular tissue is surgically removed through this incision, which fades into the areola border. In severe cases, some trimming of loose skin is required, but in most patients, this treatment can be performed with just a simple areola incision.
What To Expect
This outpatient surgery takes about 1-1/2 – 3 hours to complete. The chest will be supported with a medical garment to help decrease swelling and bruising, and a drainage tube is left in place for 24 hours. The results following this procedure are immediately visible and most patients are extremely pleased with the physical change. The incisions made during surgery take time to heal and scarring is usually barely visible. With your enhanced chest, you can get medical clearance from Dr. Mizgala to incorporate exercise and strength training after 4 – 6 weeks, which will help accentuate the surgical results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Gynecomastia is a medical issue that requires a skilled surgeon. This is why Dr. Mizgala urges men to focus on getting quality results over costs. The price will vary, depending on what technique is used. Most cases require some direct excision of glandular tissue combined with liposuction for a natural result. The average cost for male breast reduction surgery at our New Orleans plastic surgery center varies from $7,500 - $8,500. To make your surgery easier to afford, A Woman Plastic Surgeon accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest financing.
What causes gynecomastia?
The exact cause of gynecomastia is not always known. Gynecomastia is sometimes linked to the use of anabolic steroids or androgens, plus some medications (highly active antiretroviral therapy for AIDS, anti-anxiety medications, and chemotherapy). It can also be caused by using illegal drugs, like heroin and marijuana. Gynecomastia may also be caused by certain health conditions (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and tumors).
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue growth in the male chest, which rarely causes pain or tenderness. Some men may have false gynecomastia (also known as pseudogynecomastia) so Dr. Mizgala encourages patients to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise before seeking treatment for gynecomastia. If you have enlarged breasts at a healthy weight, Dr. Mizgala can perform an examination. She may recommend blood tests, a mammogram, or a biopsy to rule out other conditions, like breast cancer and mastitis (infection of the breast tissue).
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
The most effective treatment for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any medications to treat gynecomastia. Strength training to build the pectoral muscles cannot reduce the amount of breast tissue and may make the breasts appear larger.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples may be caused by glandular gynecomastia. If this is a concern for you, please talk to Dr. Mizgala during your consultation. She will customize your treatment plan to use the best technique and incision pattern to correct your nipples. Large areolas can also be reduced during male breast reduction surgery. It's important to be honest with Dr. Mizgala about your needs and goals in your consultation so she can help you attain the results you want while maintaining a natural look.
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day, 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you suffer from gynecomastia, we welcome you to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Mizgala to learn more about our male breast reduction surgery at A Woman Plastic Surgeon. After treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you can stop covering up your chest at the gym and pool. We have assisted so many Metairie, LA men reestablish their self-esteem after safe and effective male breast reduction surgery.