Why are men getting breast reduction surgery?
When it comes to men and plastic surgery the numbers keep rising. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that over 1.3 million men had a cosmetic procedure in 2017– that number is up by 30% compared to the year 2000.
One of the most common of cosmetic surgeries for men is the breast reduction. Gynecomastia, the medical term for “man boobs” is experienced by 30% of men, according to a 2014 study. Plastic surgeons see this percentage on the rise. According to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male breast reduction surgeries have increased 30% over the past half decade: more than any other procedure for men.
What is gynecomastia?
Male breast reduction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries for men. One of the main causes of gynecomastia is hormonal imbalance: this can be either high levels of estrogen or low levels of testosterone. It can also be caused by external forces such as prescription drugs (antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs) and drugs (like amphetamines, heroin, and marijuana). Another cause is steroid use. The hormonal imbalance caused by steroid use can lead to excess tissue and fat development in the breast area.
Prescription drugs and weight loss can help reduce the size of breasts, however the only permanent way to reduce the size of breasts is surgery. A 2017 study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery found that 100% of patients who were operated on for gynecomastia reported no recurrence of the condition and were highly satisfied.
It is becoming more and more common for men to go under the knife for cosmetic reasons. The more plastic surgery is talked about- publically, culturally, and intimately it becomes less stigmatized. Furthermore, the more men that have positive experiences and feel better physically and have higher self-esteem, the more men envision themselves with the same success.
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