The amount of men having breasts reduction surgery or ‘Moob’ operations had doubled in the last 5 years and more and more men turn to surgery to remove extra fat from their chest. Figures show that almost 800 men had breast surgery last year; experts believe this may be down to the rise in obesity levels and an imbalance in testosterone levels. The medical term for male breasts is ‘gynaecomastia’ and thousands of men across the word are developing this condition.
Having this condition can cause embarrassment for many men as well as adolescent boys which can often be the time in which the condition develops. Although obesity is one of the main causes of this condition there are other factors as well. Certain medications can also cause gynaecomastia such as heart and liver pills and certain anti-depressants. An imbalance of sex hormones can also be a cause of this issue. There is also a link between some drugs taken during cancer which can lower testosterone and using anabolic steroids can also increase breast tissue growth.
One 29 year man had the surgery and felt that not only has it changed his physical appearance, it has also changed him psychologically as well. Ayp Adesina developed the problem when he was only 8 years old. He became so desperate and ashamed of his breasts that he had private surgery after being taunted for having ‘man boobs’ when he was a child. Many men have admitted to having been taunted for their chests prior to surgery which affects how they feel about themselves. Most of the men surveyed after having breast reduction surgery said they felt more confident afterwards.