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.
"Dr. Mizgala is Phenomenal! - I recently had a Tummy Tuck / Liposuction procedure done by Dr. Mizgala and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Dr. Mizgala and her staff a great. They made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions no matter how many I asked and believe me I asked a lot of them. I have never experienced a doctors visit as pleasant and professional as the ones I had with her. She will have my..."- L. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"very knowledgeable and friendly. She really cares about her patient."- L.P. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
"Excellent experience - It has been a few years but she was very patient and kind and really cared about me. Her staff was also great. I still recommend people to her even though it’s been overs 5 years. JoAnn Proctor"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 26, 2019
"I Had a Wonderful Experience - It has been a few years, but Dr. Mizgala did my breast reduction and tummy tuck. She was very kind and attentive and I still recommend people who are considering any type of surgery for cosmetic reasons to contact her office. JoAnn Proctor"- J. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
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.