Male Breast Reduction Surgery on the Increase
In 2006 just 370 Gynaecomastia sufferers turned to surgery for a cure in the UK, in 2011 it was double that with 790 men having the procedure.
The figures were released by BAAPS – the trade association for plastic surgeons in the UK but it is unclear if the numbers are up due to a rise in the number of men suffering from ‘man boobs’ or whether it is just a case of a reduction in the stigma attached to plastic surgery.
In 2011 breast reduction surgery was up by 7% from 2010 while rhynoplasty, eyelid and ear correction surgery were up just 5%. The only procedure on males to increase more than breast reduction was liposuction which increased by 8%. In 2010 the figures for male breast reduction surgery were up a massive 28% on 2009.
In the UK the surgery is available on the National Health Service but involves a lot of red tape. Doctors though could well be recommending it to their patient who is then sold on the idea but ends up going private once he is confronted with all the form filling, questions and a waiting list.
Many in the UK are against plastic surgery because they claim the majority within the industry prey on the vulnerable. Since the PIP scandal broke there has been a call for greater regulation.
A BAAPS spokesperson countered by saying around 30% of men wanting surgery are turned away because their man boobs are the result of being overweight. They claim the interest in surgery is up due to more coverage in the media making men self aware of their own problem.
Personally I believe the only time you want to be going under the knife is if it’s to save your life. BAAPS says it turns away around 30% yet I find it impossible to believe that only …
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