In the UK, the number of men who had undergone the surgery had doubled between 2006 and 2011 and continues to increase, it is the most common plastic surgery undergone by males in Ireland and, in 2016, male breast reduction surgery was one of the top plastic surgery trends in the United States of America (men made up 40% of breast reduction surgeries in the USA). This proves that Gynecomastia is gaining popularity around the world.
Women have been the target audience for plastic surgery and, in the past, it was considered taboo for a man to undergo plastic surgery – which came with its own set of stigmas.
The media fuels many of women’s insecurities, and it is no different for men. In recent years, male plastic surgery has gained acceptance in many circles and many men are willing to go under the knife to fix their genetic flaws.
Gynecomastia is a genetic condition which shows itself in pre-adolescent boys and, in some cases, men over the age of 50 years old. It is a condition which causes a spike in oestrogen and results in large man boobs – also known as ‘moobs’.
The condition affects boys and men in the aforementioned age groups because testosterone levels are low at these stages of life which can cause an oestrogen and testosterone imbalance. It can be difficult for both boys and men to deal with Gynecomastia because males are often expected to be shirtless, whether they’re at home; at the beach; or at a friend’s house, and this can lead to an increase in physical insecurities.
The procedure involves a mix of liposuction and direct removal of fatty and glandular tissue, which leaves the chest flatter and firmer. A few side effects include swelling, bruising and sensitivity and post-surgery pain medication is prescribed – which is a small price to pay to feel confident in your own skin.
Gynecomastia tops the list of most common male plastic surgeries, accompanied by liposuction; rhinoplasty; chin augmentation; eyelid rejuvenation; and neck lifts. Men are expected to look good naturally which results in some boys and men being bullied for looking different.
Some men who suffer from Gynecomastia are simply told to exercise more because people are not educated about the cause of the condition. This makes it difficult for men to speak open and honestly about their want for plastic surgery.
The rise in Gynecomastia, and other male plastic surgeries, can be attributed to male celebrities opening up about their own plastic surgery procedures which has created a movement to remove the stigmas attached to men who undergo plastic surgery. It is difficult for men to cover up their chest and, therefore, it is no surprise that Gynecomastia is on the rise at the same time that male plastic surgery is being accepted worldwide.
Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their own skin and genetics can get in the way of that, so it is no surprise that more and more men are going through with the Gynecomastia surgery.