Male Breast Reduction surgery on the rise

It has just been reported that boys as young as 10 are now seeking surgery to remove their excess breast tissue.

In the last 3 years, the NHS has performed 17 such operations on school age boys, with many more having had the surgery privately. And it’s not only young boys having the surgery – the NHS has also performed breast reduction on at least 30 men in their twenties so far.

According to cosmetic surgeons, the male breast reduction procedure has seen such an increase in recent years that it’s now the second most popular procedure for men after rhinoplasty (or ‘nose job’).

The phenomenon of male breasts, medically known as ‘gynecomastia’, and colloquially known as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’, is mostly a result of genetics, though many other factors are suspected to play a part.

Foremost among these is obesity, which can cause excess fat to be stored in the breast tissue, though there is also a theory that excess oestrogen in the water supply may be causing male bodies to ‘feminise’.

This theory holds that oestrogen used in the contraceptive pill is excreted in women’s urine, entering the water supply where it remains permanently, since it is not removed during the purification process. Men drinking the water are thus exposed to an excess of oestrogen, which changes their fat distribution to be more ‘female’.

Whatever the cause, though gynecomastia isn’t necessarily harmful to health, it certainly seems to be yet another ‘quality of life’ issue that’s on the rise in the UK…

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