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Male Breast Surgery On The Rise

Male Breast Surgery On The Rise

More men battling man-boobs with surgery…

The battle to reduce man-boobs plagues many man, and while most doctors will tell you to change your diet and get some exercise, it appears that more and more men are turning to medical techniques to fight those unsightly bulges. A recent analysis by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows that male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia, is on the increase. According to the BAAPS – a company that accounts for a third of all cosmetic surgeries in the UK – the number of male breast reduction surgeries rose by 28% in 2010.

Last year in the UK alone there were 741 operations, compared with just 581 the previous year. With the increase in popularity, the operation has now become the second most performed cosmetic surgery for men in the UK; the most popular being a nose job, or rhinoplasty. During the same period, the total number of cosmetic surgeries also increased by 5%, with male surgeries rising by an average of 7 percent.

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Male Breast Reduction Surgery On The Rise

Image Credit: Don LaVange, 07/28/2011.

Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and president elect at BAAPS, said that the increase in surgery was likely to be due to an increased awareness – and dislike – of ‘man boobs’. He said that around 30% of the men who come asking for breast reduction surgery were simply overweight and not suitable for the operation. These people are sent away to change their diet and exercise more. However, Grover did say that some men are prone to stubborn areas of fat which will not subside regardless of diet, or the amount of exercise they choose to do.

He also said that men are increasingly becoming more conscious about their physique and gave an example of a particular company that had recently launched a vest aimed at enhancing the way a man’s chest looked.

But experts still warn that the surgery is not a weight-loss solution. Those who are overweight due a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle will not benefit from the surgery. Peter Baker, from the Men’s Health Forum, is one of those who agree with that statement. Talking with the BBC, Baker said:

“This is not a solution – these men need to change their diet and lifestyle.” [BBC]

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  1. Unknown: Increase in male breast reduction surgery. BBC, 01/31/2011.

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