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Moob surgery doubles in five years

29th November 2012

Surgical procedures to remove “man boobs” have doubled in the UK over the past five years.

More men are opting for the operation to have excess tissue growth removed, with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealing that 790 men underwent the procedure to remove their ‘moobs’ in 2011.

That is more than double the number in 2006 with a rise in obesity and an imbalance in male sex hormones, combined with a more open attitude among men towards cosmetic surgery, being identified as factors behind the rise.

The condition, known as gynaecomastia, can cause embarrassment and discomfort in males.

A number of cases are in adolescent boys, though almost a third of cases are in older men.

While obesity is a factor, gynaecomastia can be caused by an imbalance of oestrogen and testosterone and can also be triggered by medication such as antidepressants, heart and liver pills. There is also evidence that anabolic steroids can cause further breast tissue growth.

Dr Ravi Jain of Riverbanks Clinic has performed a number of operations and he said that some 60% of his patients had received nasty comments about their chests.

“Having read recent research that showed men would gladly exchange a year of their lives for an attractive physique, I was inspired to poll my own patients and see if they had experienced benefits beyond just the physical after their treatment in the last year,” he said.

“I always suspected this was the case and thus am very pleased with the changes this survey highlights.”


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Rhys Branman

Saturday 1st December 2012 @ 17:54

Several types of gynecomastia exist and may have to be treated differently. Pure glandular gynecomastia can occur in men with lean bodies. In this case the excess tissue is composed almost completely of breast tissue. In fact there is an anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) induced gynecomastia that can occur when testosterone is converted to estrogen. In other cases, such as pseudogynecomastia, the enlarged male breast is composed of adipose fat. The most common form gynecomastia is the appearance of "puffy nipples." Enlarged nipples are generally a symptom of gynecomastia and rarely occur in men otherwise. Gynecomastia is often developmental, occurring at certain ages, because the cause of enlarged male breasts is hormones. Half of all male babies are born with some gynecomastia due to their mother's estrogen.

Dr Rhys Branman

Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center

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