For women, surgeries of the breasts have been among the most popular procedures in the plastic and cosmetic surgery world. In fact, breast augmentation surgery surpassed liposuction as the most popular plastic surgery procedure for the first time in 2008. But what may surprise you is that surgeries of the breasts are growing in popularity for male plastic surgery patients as well. More specifically, male breast reduction has become the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedure in England and is gaining popularity in the US as well.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was an 80 percent increase in the total number of male breast reduction surgeries from 2008 to 2009. And in the United States, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated a total of 18,000 male breast reduction surgeries in 2008 alone.
The popularity of male breast reduction surgery may be explained by the fact gynecomastia, a condition marked by enlarged breasts in males, is more common than one may think. In fact, gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of all men – ranging from teenage boys to professional athletes! The solution to this problem, or male breast reduction surgery, is a minimally invasive and very reliable procedure – undoubtedly another factor contributing to its increased popularity. The procedure involves liposuction of excess fat and the occasional removal of excess breast glandular tissue to reshape the natural contour of the male breast wall and takes only a little more than an hour to perform.
If you are a male who is suffering from gynecomastia or is unhappy with the look and shape of their chest, male breast reduction surgery can be a realistic solution. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Whiteman today or visit our website for more information.
Also, be sure to check out the March issue of Best Self magazine! Dr. Whiteman will be featured as an expert on male breast reduction and liposuction in the Men’s Health Section.