Your Options for Overcoming Dad Bod

Dad with son getting dressed

With summer around the corner, many male patients are asking about ways to work on their “dad bods,” a combination of concerns related to aging, stubborn fat, and excess breast tissue in men—a condition called gynecomastia. At our Portland plastic surgery practice, these patients want to feel young, sculpted, and confident as they get ready to go shirtless in warmer weather.

Body contouring procedures are booming among men. In fact, they were the second-most popular cosmetic option for men in 2017, just behind injectable treatments. Both surgical and nonsurgical procedures offer solutions for men who want help combating the “dad bod,” whether they want to reduce fat, tighten up loose skin, or achieve a more masculine shape overall.

In this post, I’ll go over a few of our most popular procedures and how they may be able to help you.


One of the most popular body contouring procedures in the country for men and women, CoolSculpting is an excellent nonsurgical way to target areas of stubborn fat and create a slim, trim silhouette. This procedure safely freezes fat cells that then die off and are naturally eliminated by the body. If you’re generally in good shape, but are struggling with annoying bulges of fat around your abdomen, hips, and thighs that going to the gym just won’t fix, a CoolSculpting treatment or two may be your best option.

Tummy Tuck

Want to tighten up the loose skin and fat around your abdomen? A tummy tuck, which removes excess skin and reduces fat, may be the best surgical approach for you. Patients report feeling more confident as they go shirtless at the pool or beach after this procedure.


If loose skin is not much of a concern for you—but excess fat is—a liposuction procedure can help. Often combined with a tummy tuck, this surgery focuses on suctioning away fat tissue with a cannula. It produces more dramatic results than nonsurgical fat reduction options such as CoolSculpting. Liposuction works to create smooth, proportional body contours along areas like the stomach, back, arms, and even the legs.

Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia

Male breast reduction is a surgical solution for gynecomastia, or excess breast tissue in men. It helps create a more defined, masculine chest. This procedure involves suctioning away fat tissue with liposuction and sometimes removing glands that may be contributing to the condition. This allows men to feel carefree and confident about how their upper body looks.

If diet and exercise aren’t cutting it for you when it comes to body contouring, our board-certified plastic surgeons will be happy to discuss suitable medical solutions. We will work closely with you to create a custom treatment plan—designed to make you feel young and chiseled.

To learn more about which procedures may be right for you, request a consultation, or call our Portland office at (503) 292-9200.

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