Many men have redundant breast tissue that persists long after puberty has ended. The cause is usually a clump of male breast tissue, commonly known as gynecomastia. It is often accompanied by an excess of fatty tissue contributing to a feminized appearance of the man’s breast/chest area. Often, these individuals suffer embarrassment because of their situation. They may purposely avoid settings where they have to bare their chest in public. Imagine being such a person who is used to having to wear a loose fitting tee for concealment when other men are going topless at the beach, water park, gym or other public places. What can be done to help this situation? Dr. Tad Grenga, a Board Certified plastic surgeon, has performed the PECS procedure since 2000. He is the Director of the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery. The PECS procedure concerns Pectoral Excisional (lipo)Contouring Surgery. In a nutshell, the PECS procedure combines a traditional surgical removal of unwanted male breast tissue with pectoral contouring using liposuction. In this way, says Dr. Grenga, a man can expect to possess a masculine pectoral contour with an outpatient surgical procedure that minimizes down-time from a busy schedule. Examples of patients whom Dr.. Grenga has treated with the PECS procedure are shown here. Dr. Grenga will prescribe a snug zippered nylon vest that is worn under one’s usual clothing. This helps to minimize swelling and is used for about 3-6 weeks. Most individuals who have the PECS procedure are able to resume activities of daily living almost immediately and conditioning exercise by about four weeks. Perhaps the description of gynecomastia and redundant male breast tissue apply to your situation. To learn more about the PECS procedure and whether you are a candidate for creating a more masculine chest contour, you are invited to contact us or call 757-673-5900 to schedule your consultation with one of Tidewater’s most experienced plastic surgeons.