Rise of ‘moobs’ sees male breast surgery rates increase

21 September 2009

More men of all ages are now applying for cosmetic surgery procedures to combat 'man boobs' than ever before.Male chest reduction surgery is experiencing an explosion in popularity, as more men are now being open about their problems and seeking an effective solution to reduce their chests.According to Moo News, the last five years has seen the number of males applying for chest reduction procedures increase by over 1,000 per cent. At the annual Cardiff meeting of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), member surgeons reported performing 323 chest reduction operations in 2008 compared to only 22 performed in 2003. Former BAAPS president Douglas McGeorge explains that male chest reduction surgery is still most popular with older men in their 50s and 60s who have never previously dared to remove their tops in public, due to the social embarrassment caused by the condition. In these instances, liposuction procedures are also often advised in addition to the chest reduction surgery, but the development of male breasts is not merely or always related to excessive weight and eating. Male breast reduction surgery is becoming increasingly common in younger men whose breast development is caused by an excess of female hormones, a condition known as gynecomastia that causes the growth of female glandular tissue in the chest. These 'moobs' usually disappear after puberty, but can be a source of great embarrassment for males in this pivotal time of development, and can reduce self confidence and image throughout adulthood.