BAAPS say the number of men opting for cosmetic surgery doubles in the past decade
Figures in 2015 suggest that cosmetic surgery in men has doubled over the last 10 years. Surgery for men only accounts for 9% of the total cosmetic surgery industry however one of the most commonly carried out procedures in my practice is Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia). A Male Breast Reduction procedure is carried out to remove enlarged breast tissue (often referred to as 'moobs') and in extreme cases excess skin also.
The symptoms of Gynaecomastia can vary from a small, firm enlargement of breast tissue just behind the nipple to a larger, more female-looking breast, it can affect one or both breasts and the area can be painful or tender to touch.
What is involved in a Male Breast Reduction?
The breast is made up of two main components, glandular tissue (firm and dense) and fatty tissue (soft). The ratio of glandular to fatty tissue in any breast varies from individual to individual and in Gynaecomastia there may be an excess of both. If there is predominantly a diffuse fatty enlargement of the breast, liposuction is the usual treatment. If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of breast enlargement, it may need to be excised (cut out). This will leave a scar, usually around the nipple edge. This excision can be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction. Major reductions that involve the removal of a significant amount of tissue and skin may require larger incisions that result in more obvious scars. The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic although in minor cases local anaesthesia and sedation can be used.
If you are considering surgery and wish to book a consultation with a GMC Specialist Surgeon, I hold clinics in Birmingham, Worcester, Cheltenham and Gloucester. You can make an appointment by calling 0121 361 8008 or for more information please visit my websitewww.consultantplasticsurgeon.co.uk