More Men Want Breast Reduction Surgery

Lest you think that women are the only people affected by pernicious standards of beauty, the BBC reported that British male breast reduction surgeries increased by 28% last year.  The surgery is now the second most popular plastic surgery for men, after nose alterations.

The British plastic surgeons’ organization that reported the statistics said that the dramatic increase in surgeries seemed to be related to men’s increasing anxiety about their torsos, and about the presence of “man boobs.”  They explained that about 30% of men who sought the surgery were sent away to improve diet and exercise, and that the men who had the surgery had “stubborn areas” of fat that they were having trouble getting rid of.

It’s clear that men are being more and more influenced by cultural pressures to look a certain way, and this is inspiring them to seek surgical assistance.  Cosmetic surgery has significant risks, as a piece I wrote last week about cancer and breast implants illustrated, but people are willing to undergo significant hazards in exchange for a specific body type.

The president-elect of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons blamed the media for men’s insecurities.  “Images in the media – coverage of high profile men like Simon Cowell and Jack Nicholson – make men think about this more,” he said.  “Just recently a vest was launched for men aimed at enhancing the way their chests look.”

But the cosmetic surgery industry, which thrives off these insecurities, probably isn’t helping either.  And prevailing standards of beauty, which don’t accept that men’s torsos are often not completely flat, need to be altered before men, like women, can start to be free from these anxieties.

Photo from Flickr.


Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

interesting, thanx

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

I think all too often, the hormones added into foods are the cause of "man-boobs" to the point where now men want breast reductions.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jaime Torquemada
Jaime Torquemada7 years ago

I could be a candidate, but only if the breast were the only part of my body that needs fixing. In reality I think what is next, 2 inches around my waste, take 1 in my chin, o yes maybe an extension here and so on. Of course money is no object, if I had some to spare !

William Y.
William Y7 years ago

I have never been a fan of cosmetic surgery, nor of hair transplants, and any other vane situations. Whatever the point, so be it. I have somewhat enlarged breasts & a large bald spot, so what I am 63 years old, why should I try to look 25?

Steve R.
Steve R7 years ago

Strange that there is no mention of the fact that hormones fed to animals to make them grow bigger and faster is contributing to the "man boob" problem.

Chickens for example, are routinely given Estrogen to increase the size of the chicken breasts.

This hormone is passed on to humans and the results are evident in men that need breast reduction.

The better answer is to eat hormone and antibiotic free foods.

Mary L.
Mary L7 years ago

Interesting but it's been a problem for a while. Younger and younger men are experiencing bulimia, anorexia, and manic over exercising. It's sad when we let people dictate our perceptions of ourselves.

Dotti Lydon
Dotti L7 years ago

If I were a man and had enlarged breasts, I would certainly want them removed. Of course, taking into consideration the other factors i.e. obesity, hormonal imbalance.

Donald MacDonald
don MacDonald7 years ago

" More Men Want Breast Reduction Surgery "

Wouldn't it be easier to cut out meat and poultry saturated with growth hormones ?


Len Forster
Len Forster7 years ago

Even back in my youth when I was skinny and for as long as I could remember, even though I was muscular, the area around my nipples stood out in a conical form and always looked, to me at least, like prepubescent breasts. They made me self-conscious to the point that I was usually unwilling to go bare chested, even at the beach.

When I was 50, I had lipsuction to take care of this problem area, and, quite frankly, I could not be happier with my decision. From then on, no more self=consciousness, because my prepubescent breasts were gone.

On the other hand, I had lipo to take care of my double chin shortly thereafter (because I was so enthusiastic over the first result), and I have been grossly disappointed. No one told me that, at age 50 and with a history of dry skin, my skin did not have the elasticity necessary to bring the newly fat free skin into line with my neck. Now, I have a turkey wattle that I never had, and the only way to remedy it is with a knife, an option I choose to ignore.

So, plastic surgery has its pluses and its minuses, but I can safely and say with some degree of certainty that, lack of skin elasticity notwithstanding, have your girlish boobs tightened up with a little lipo is a worthwhile exercise, guys.