12 July 2013

Male breastsAn increasing number of men in their late teens and early 20s are developing gynaecomastia – excess growth of breast tissue. The presence of man boobs – or moobs – can shatter confidence and prevent young men from mingling with their friends and family. According to plastic and cosmetic surgeons, the number of surgeries – such breast liposuction and gland excision surgeries – has shot up following an increase in awareness.One of the primary causes for the development of breasts in men is believed to be unhealthy eating habits. The condition can also be the result of congenital and hormonal issues. Indian consultant plastic surgeon Dr A Manohar said: “This is one of the repercussions of unhealthy eating habits that primarily comprises junk [food]. “No amount of exercise can reduce this fat as the breast tissue has many compartments. Interestingly, the number of surgeries shoots up during the months of May and June. Youngsters get operated during the vacations as this gives them time to heal.”