Surgeon reports increase in men seeking cosmetic surgery

Man with large chestAs cosmetic enhancements have become more socially accepted, an increasing number of men are seeking cosmetic surgery, according to an Orange County surgeon. Dr Daniel C Mills noted that he sees a number of male patients who are experiencing an enlarged appearance in their breasts. This common condition, called gynecomastia, can often be successfully treated with male breast reduction procedures.Dr Mills said: “Gynecomastia can dramatically affect one's self-esteem, and it may even lead to a higher risk of breast cancer in men… Male breast reduction treatment is a way to effectively improve the condition and give patients a flatter appearance to the chest.” The condition can be the result of a number of factors, including recent weight loss, the natural aging process and steroid or herbal testosterone use. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery cited a 29% increase in the number of male breast reduction procedures to treat gynecomastia – going from 17,645 in 2011 to 22,736 in 2012. Dr Mills says recovery time is between three and four days – and patients can be given a compression garment to be worn under clothing for a few weeks to help speed up the healing process.