09 September 2008

Gynaecomastia, a condition in which younger men develop female breast tissue, appears to be on the up, leading to a rise in male breast reduction surgery across the UK.

According to Natural News, plastic surgeons in Britain have been seeing a continuous rise in the number of male breast reduction operations they have carried out over the last 12 months.

The issue of gynaecomastia was first bought to public attention earlier this year, when the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed that 2007 had seen a 27 per cent rise in the number of men getting fat removed from their breasts.

In addition, BAAPS' surgeons treated 224 with "man boobs", with patients undergoing liposuction in their chest areas to get rid of the fatty build-up.

At the time, Nigel Mercer, president-elect of BAAPS, stated: "We have been seeing more men with gynaecomastia in recent years.

"There are a variety of reasons for male breasts getting bigger, these include a rise in obesity, a rise in drinking and potentially, more female hormones in the environment."

Gynaecomastia in younger men in particular, especially those in their late teens, is widely believed to be a by-product of rising childhood obesity rates.

The number of male cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in the UK rose by 18 per cent last year. As well as male breast reduction and liposuction, popular surgeries amongst men include rhinoplasty, male blepharoplasty (eye bag removal) and facelifts.

According to The Times, the cosmetic surgery market is predicted to be worth £1 billion this year, when non-surgical procedures, like Botox and dermal fillers, are included in the equation.