Breast reductions in men rocket

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  • Man boob reductions are up 1000 per cent in 5 years

    Usually the preserve of women, breast reductions have seen a huge increase in recent years – amongst men. Man boob reduction operations across the UK ave rocketed by more than 1,000 per cent in five years.

    Latest figures were highlighted by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) as it met in Cardiff, south Wales, today at the start of its two-day annual conference.

    The group revealed that from a very low level of just 22 man boob reduction operations among its members in 2003, the total had jumped to 323 in 2008.

    ‘I get people coming to me in their 50s and 60s. Men who have never taken their t-shirts off in public before,’ said Douglas McGeorge, a past president of BAAPS. Mr McGeorge, a plastic surgeon with his own practice, said teenage boys were also having the operation.

    One problem in seeking free NHS treatment is whether the condition is regarded as an unfortunate natural occurrence or the result of obesity.

    In some cases a reduction can be effected with liposuction and resculpting of the diminished breast area. In other cases tissue may need to be removed to create the same outcome.

    Former TV presenter Bill Buckley has spoken openly about how he coped with the embarrassing medical condition which he suffered since the age of eight.

    It was only years later when Bill came across a magazine article on gynaecomastia, a condition where men with higher than normal levels of the female hormone oestrogen develop female glandular tissue and larger breasts, that he realised something could be done.

    Around 40 per cent of men in Britain have some degree of gynaecomastia
    known commonly as having ‘man boobs‘ or ‘moobs‘.


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