We know that many men are big fans of breasts on women, but they aren’t so delighted by the thought of having breasts themselves. Looking at the figures from many notable statistical sources, including the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) it’s clear that more and more men are now turning to plastic surgery to rid themselves of their unsightly and embarrassing breast tissue in men. Dr. George Pope, MD, FACS has given life changing positive self-esteem experiences to many Central Florida boys and men who selected Orlando Plastic Surgery Center for cosmetic medical treatments.
Breast tissue in men comes about because of a medical condition called gynecomastia. This describes the fatty deposits which form around the pectoral muscles. The condition can develop for a variety of reasons, not all of which are self-inflicted. It is argued that there are many reasons why men are getting bigger breasts than ever before. Apart from the obvious rise in obesity, and increased levels of alcohol that are consumed by men, there are also thought to be more female hormones present in our environment than ever before. This excess of estrogen causes an imbalance of hormones in men. There is a theory that women taking the contraceptive pill are to blame for this, as they urinate excess hormone which enters the water system, and is eventually then consumed by men. Another common cause of breasts in men is smoking marijuana. Marijuana is tied to increasing metabolism and appetite, the problem is, it also increases fat storage around the pectoral area. This correlation drastically increases the vulnerability to gynecomastia. However there are ways to fix this.
Diet and exercise are not therefore very effective at reducing male breast size and so surgery has become a popular option for this distressing condition, perhaps increasing in line with the press coverage given to celebrities who suffer from it. Male celebrities like Simon Cowell and Michael Douglas have found themselves to be the target of ridicule when photographed topless.
BAAPS figures indicate a rise of 27 per cent in the amount of men undergoing surgery for breast reductions in the last year. This is compared to a general rise of 18 per cent for male plastic surgery.
An increase in the amount of men turning to surgery is attributed to the general more widespread acceptance of plastic surgery. Thankfully for men they no longer feel they have to put up with a body shape that causes them distress and more of them are realizing that surgery can enhance their lives and increase their confidence.
If you suffer from this condition and wish to consult with Dr. Pope about appropriate gynecomastia treatment, contact us at The Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, 407-857-6261.
George H. Pope, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
About Orlando Plastic Surgery Center: Orlando Plastic Surgery Center is regarded as one of Central Florida’s premier plastic surgery centers. Dr. George Pope is one of Central Florida’s most sought after plastic surgeons (he was voted to the city’s list of best plastic surgeons by readers of Orlando Magazine three years in a row). Services range from rhinoplasty and nasal contouring, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, revisionist surgery, and gynecomastia. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are also offered. Dr. Pope and his staff also provide minimally invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Sculptra Aesthetics, Botox® injections, Latisse, Juvederm, and Restylane®. Visit georgepopemd.com for more information.