The Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

For men with gynecomastia, summer can feel like torture. Gynecomastia is a common medical condition with a complicated name, simply put, it means enlarged male breasts. Take summer back by getting treatment for your excess breast tissue. Contact our offices to learn more about male breast reduction in Fredericksburg, VA.

What Causes Male Breast Development?

Male breast development is very common. It is estimated that 40-60% of all men will experience it during their lifetime. There is no known cause for the condition, but it is largely attributed to hormonal fluctuations. If testosterone and estrogen levels are out of balance, breast tissue may develop in men.

Medications, lifestyle choices, medical conditions, and more can all contribute to the development of gynecomastia. Some known contributors to the condition include:

  • Anabolic steroids
  • Malnutrition
  • Antibiotics
  • Heart medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Antidepressants
  • Androgens and anti-androgens
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal street drugs including amphetamines and heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Herbal products containing tea tree or lavender
  • Kidney failure
  • Hypogonadism
  • Tumors

Age can also influence the development of this condition. Males are more likely to develop breast tissue during times of hormonal change: infancy, adolescence, and after age 50.

Treating Gynecomastia- What Are My Options?

If you have gynecomastia, treatment may be an option. Many men find that they feel more comfortable and confident in their body’s appearance after treating their excess breast tissue. Talk with your doctor or come visit us to explore your options. Treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle or Medication Changes- If your gynecomastia is caused by a medication or lifestyle factor, making a swap can make a difference. Talk with your doctor and explore other options for medication if necessary.
  • Wait and See- Some cases of gynecomastia will resolve on their own. However, if the condition is causing distress or embarrassment, it may be worth seeking treatment to resolve the problem sooner.
  • Male Breast Reduction- Male breast reduction seeks to create a flatter, more masculine chest appearance in men with gynecomastia. We achieve this using liposuction, removal of glandular tissue, and/or skin removal if needed.

Learn more about your treatment options for gynecomastia by contacting our offices at 540-371-7730 and scheduling a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons: Dr. Heppe, Dr. Bautista, or Dr. Aflaki.

What to Expect from Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The severity of gynecomastia varies substantially. Some men experience a milder form of the condition while others have significant quantities of breast tissue. Breast composition also varies. Some men have breasts that are largely fatty tissue, and others may have more glandular tissue.

Since anatomy varies significantly from one patient to another, it is difficult to make treatment recommendations without a consultation. After an examination and a discussion of your medical history, we can discuss treatment options.

Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery

Since treatment plans vary for gynecomastia, so do recovery expectations. We’ll give you a better idea of what to expect before your procedure, so you can schedule time off from work and adjust your plans. Generally, less involved surgeries offer shorter recovery times. Patients that receive treatment with liposuction alone are often back to work in a day or two. Glandular tissue removal or skin removal can increase recovery times.

Male Breast Reduction FAQs

If you have questions about male breast reduction, come in for a consultation. While you wait for your consultation, discover answers to common questions about male breast reduction and gynecomastia below.

  • How Long Do Results from Gynecomastia Treatment Last? – Most men will enjoy lifelong results from their gynecomastia treatment. Gaining weight, certain medications, or hormonal changes may cause new breast tissue to develop.
  • What Results Should I Expect from Male Breast Reduction? – After surgery, you’ll enjoy a flatter, firmer, more masculine chest.
  • Will I Have Scarring After Surgical Gynecomastia Treatment? – Depending on the type of treatment used and the severity of your condition, some scarring may be present after surgery. We carefully place incisions, when possible, to hide scars should they occur. Your incisions will be most noticeable in the weeks and months right after surgery. As you heal, the incisions will fade from bright red to a color that is more consistent with your natural skin tone.
  • Why Should I Choose Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg for My Male Breast Reduction? – There are many reasons to choose PSSF for your procedure. We want your surgical experience to be a positive one. Our highly trained plastic surgeons work closely with our experienced and qualified staff to guide and advise patients throughout their plastic surgery treatment and recovery. We offer no-cost consultations to help you decide if a procedure is right for you.

Let’s help you feel more confident without a shirt on this summer. If you have gynecomastia, call our offices and learn about male breast reduction.


Male Plastic Surgery is on the Rise: Here’s Why

Taking pride in one’s appearance is part of human nature; it’s how we nurture our sense of identity and communicate that identity to others. It, therefore, shouldn’t shock anyone to learn that guys want to look good, too. Nonetheless, even in 2018, many people are surprised to discover that male plastic surgery is not only common, but it’s also getting more popular every day. Men of all ages and from all walks of life—from actors to stay at home dads—are opening their eyes to the many ways in which cosmetic procedures can enrich their lives. At PSSF, we wholeheartedly support this attitude of gender equality and empowerment through appearance, so we decided to investigate the driving forces behind this trend.



While the majority of  men who choose to have plastic surgery do so for purely personal reasons, ageism in the workplace is a pressing concern for a substantial number of male plastic surgery patients. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 25% of men reported that they planned to get plastic surgery to help them remain competitive at work.

Some industries (like the entertainment industry) have, of course, always favored a youthful look. Over the last two decades, however, experts have observed this preference extending into a wide range of different fields. Technology is thought to be the primary catalyst behind this shift: Almost every industry has been so radically reshaped by the digital revolution that being perceived as older (and therefore out of touch with the latest developments) can be seriously detrimental to your career. Both men and women are turning to plastic surgery to keep them looking alert, dynamic, and vibrant.


Myths about male weight loss are prevalent in Western society. Many people assume that while women “naturally” struggle to lose weight due to the influence of feminine hormones, men are inherently muscle-building, fat-burning machines. If you’re a guy who’s battled stubborn fat deposits in the past, you already know this absolutely isn’t true. Men, like women, often face genetic and hormonal barriers that prevent them from sculpting the kind of body they want through diet and exercise alone. Yes, guys generally have less subcutaneous fat than women, but that doesn’t mean they never fall victim to a hereditary pot belly or double chin. Likewise, men face the same problems women do as they get older: Fat redistributes, leaving their extremities and piling up around the abdomen. Their metabolisms slow down, and their levels of sex hormones decline, too, making it difficult to build muscle and avoid weight gain. Furthermore, because guys don’t have hips or breasts to balance out their bellies, abdominal fat is often particularly noticeable on their bodies.

Fortunately, because it’s become more socially acceptable for men to discuss their physical insecurities, they are letting each other know that there’s an alternative to living with diet-resistant fat deposits: Body sculpting procedures. Better still, new liposuction techniques and some nonsurgical procedures (like CoolSculpting) are excellently suited to removing male fat, which tends to be denser than female fat. Both developments have led to a rise in the number of men proactively taking control of their shape.


We all know that women often feel guilty when they take time out for themselves. But we don’t always realize that the same can be said for most men, too. Men—dads especially—struggle to justify taking time away from their careers and home lives, especially if they’re expected to be the primary provider.

For this reason, noninvasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have made plastic surgery a lot more accessible to men than it used to be. Today, men can benefit from a number of treatments (such as CoolSculpting, BOTOX®, mini facelifts, SmartLipo, etc.) that come with either no downtime or just a few days of rest required afterward. These procedures allow men to balance the demands of their careers and the needs of their families with their own desire to look (and feel) good.


Even if the reasons why men and women seek out cosmetic enhancements aren’t all that different, their bodies are. Men have several physiological differences—such as denser fat, tougher connective tissues, and thicker skin—that make performing surgery on them an art unto itself. As such, if you’re male, it’s important to find a surgeon who has extensive experience performing plastic surgery on men before you proceed with a consultation. Ask the experts at PSSF for advice on how to choose the right plastic surgeon to meet your needs and make your aesthetic goals a reality.

Stop Shirtless Stress With Male Breast Reduction

Do you dread a day at the beach? For men with gynecomastia, or excess breast tissue, taking off their shirt can feel like torture. It doesn’t have to be that way. Gynecomastia is highly treatable, often with excellent results. Stop hiding and finally enjoy a shirtless summer!

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the breasts in men. This can occur at any age, but is especially prevalent among teenagers and in older men. It is very common—in fact, approximately 40-60% of all men will experience it at some point in their lives. It can have many causes, including hormones, some medications, certain medical conditions, and weight gain. Whatever the cause, gynecomastia can be an embarrassing condition. Unfortunately, extra time at the gym isn’t the solution; you need surgical help.

Can Male Breast Reduction Help Me?

If you have excess male breast tissue, male breast reduction can likely help you achieve the flat, masculine chest you’re seeking. We often use one of two techniques (or a combination of both) to remove the excess tissue and restore a flatter appearance to your chest: liposuction and surgical excision of glandular tissue.

Liposuction removes excess fat through a small incision using suction. It requires limited downtime (you can return to work in just a couple of days) and can provide excellent results for many patients. If your gynecomastia is caused by glandular tissue as opposed to fat, we may use surgical excision to remove the tissue. This can be combined with liposuction as needed. In some cases, we may remove excess skin that remains after the tissue is removed. Come in for a consultation—we can explain your options and recommend a treatment plan after a careful examination.

We have successfully treated many men with gynecomastia, helping them to look and feel more confident about their bodies. If your chest makes you feel uncomfortable, come see us and explore your options.

Do you have excess male breast tissue? Call our offices today at 540-371-7730 and schedule your consultation. We’ll help you shed that shirt once and for all!

Considering Male Breast Reduction? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Breasts are an asset on women but can cause anguish for men. Men that suffer from gynecomastia, or excess breast tissue, are often embarrassed by their condition. They may slump their shoulders or avoid taking their shirt off in public. This condition is common (up to 60% of men will have it at some point in their lifetime) but, fortunately, highly correctable. If you have male breasts, come in and discuss your options. Male breast reduction surgery can increase your confidence and help you to love your body.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

There is no known cause for overdeveloped breast tissue in men, although there is some correlation to various drugs and medical conditions. Hormonal imbalance may also be a factor in this condition. It can occur at any age, but is more common in teens and adult men over 50. At any age, gynecomastia can take a heavy toll on self-esteem.

What Are My Treatment Options for Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is common but also easily treated. Male breast reduction can be performed to remove the excess tissue and restore a masculine appearance to your chest. We use a few different techniques to achieve the reduction, and these depend on your anatomy. We can discuss the best options for your body during your consultation. The procedures mentioned below typically yield excellent results.

  • Liposuction- Liposuction uses suction to remove fat cells. A small incision is made through which a cannula is placed. Suction is then applied to remove the fat and sculpt the area. Finally, the incision is closed. We offer several different types of liposuction and will select the best option for your condition.
  • Surgical Removal of Glandular Tissue- If glandular tissue is present, we may recommend surgical excision to remove the unwanted tissue. During this procedure, incisions are made, tissue is extracted, and the area is reshaped. Excess skin can also be removed as necessary.
  • A Combination of Both Treatments- Some patients will benefit from both options for male breast reduction.

I Want a More Masculine Appearance. What’s My Next Step?

If you’re ready to explore male breast reduction, call our offices at 540-371-7730 to schedule a consultation. We’ll carefully examine your body and make recommendations to improve the appearance of your chest area. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the procedure. Call us today and schedule your consultation.

I Want to Get Ready for Summer … What Are My Options?

Looking gorgeous all summer long doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes a bit of preparation. If you want to look amazing this summer, now’s the time to come on in and see us. We’ve offer a variety of procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) to get ready for summer from head to toe. Call us today and book your appointment.


If stubborn fat is getting in the way of your ideal bikini body, liposuction might be the solution. This procedure suctions away stubborn fat permanently. Liposuction works great on the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and buttocks (and many other areas too) for a beach ready body.

We offer several different types of liposuction including tumescent liposuction and laser assisted SmartLipo.  Come see if liposuction is right for you.

Breast Surgery

Would you like bigger breasts? Have you lost breast volume after pregnancy? Are you starting to sag? We offer a variety of breast surgeries to get your body ready for swimsuit season. Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures and can even be combined with other breast surgeries (like a breast lift). Think of how good you’ll look this summer with a larger bikini top.

Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged breast tissue in males (gynecomastia) is an embarrassing and surprisingly common condition. Men with gynecomastia often avoid taking off their shirts (hard to do when you’re lounging by the pool) due to embarrassment over their physique. Male breast reduction can help men to regain their confidence and achieve their ideal body by removing the excess tissue. We often use liposuction and surgical removal of glandular tissue to restore a masculine shape and create a flatter, smoother chest. We can work with you to create a surgical plan specific to your needs.

Permanent Makeup

Are you sick of your makeup coming off every time you jump in the pool? This summer, look great, even when you’re wet, with permanent makeup.  This procedure implants pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using a specialized rotary pen. The results last for years. This procedure is a great option for enhancing the lips and the eyes without the need for daily makeup application.

Chemical Peel

Summer means a lot of time without makeup. Let’s get your skin looking radiant. A chemical peel can remove dead skin cells, allowing the fresh skin underneath to shine through. This treatment is great for evening out skin tone, fighting fine lines, and dealing with problem skin. It’s very safe and effective.

Are you ready for summer? Come try one (or more) of these procedures and have your most beautiful summer yet. Call Plastic Surgery Services today for your complimentary consultation at 540-371-7730!

More than 1 Million Cosmetic Procedures Were Performed on Men in 2013- What Are You Waiting For?

When you think of plastic surgery, you probably think of bikini clad women lounging on the beach. Although plastic surgery is a great way to whip your body into bikini perfection, women aren’t the only ones benefiting from cosmetic enhancement. An increasing number of men are turning to cosmetic procedures to upgrade their look. Here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg we are pleased to serve both male and female patients. Men, don’t let the ladies enjoy all the benefits of plastic surgery; come in and let us help you achieve your most attractive self.

Male Plastic Surgery- Which Procedures Are Most Popular?

What plastic surgery procedures are men most interested in? According a recent study published by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men underwent more than 204,000 plastic surgery procedures in 2013. Some of the most popular were male breast reduction (gynecomastia), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), faceliftliposuction, and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty).  In fact, 13% of all cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on male patients last year. If you’re a male patient considering plastic surgery, you aren’t alone.

Why are an increasing number of men opting for cosmetic surgery? Today’s modern surgical methods and minimally invasive options make cosmetic enhancement easier than ever. Men have also realized that they too deserve to look great. Why let women have all the fun of youthful and everlasting beauty? Eat healthy, hit the gym, and let cosmetic enhancement help you look your best. It can be your secret weapon to looking great in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

Not Just Surgery- Men Love Minimally Invasive Options Too

Cosmetic surgery isn’t the only way for men to enhance their natural good looks. Just as women can enjoy minimally invasive treatment options for a quick beauty boost, men too can benefit from cosmetic treatments like BOTOX®, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation treatments. Last year more than 385,000 men received BOTOX® injections, an increase of 310% from 2000. Chemical peels (94.625) and dermal fillers (95,361) were popular choices for male patients. Ask us how we can help you look your best.

Minimally invasive options like BOTOX® or dermal fillers are a great way to get started with cosmetic enhancement. Most treatments are performed in the comfort of our offices, taking less than an hour from start to finish. You can easily come in on your lunch and return to work right afterwards. With minimal recovery time and sometimes instant results, our male patients can start seeing the benefits of cosmetic treatment, without having to commit to a surgical procedure. Do you want to look better? This is a great way to start.

Last year more than 1 million cosmetic treatments were performed on male patients. What are you waiting for? Cosmetic enhancement isn’t just for women.