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UK Cosmetic Surgery Clinics Perform Twice as Many Male Breast Reduction Surgeries in 2009

Men don’t often talk about their looks, but behind closed doors, many are doing something despite the poor economy and financial struggles associated with the recession. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) suggest that UK plastic surgeons performed 581 male breast reductions in 2009. In all, gynaecomastia, male breast reduction surgery increased 80% making it the third most popular procedure for men.

Genetics, aging, medical conditions, drugs and obesity are the main contributors to the formation of male breasts (also referred to by many as moobs or man-boobs). Regardless how they get there, these chest formations are extremely difficult to reduce. Even when resorting to a surgical solution, patients only have two options.

The most common is undergoing liposuction surgery. Procedures require special tools suck out fatty cells that have collected around the nipple. As the plastic surgeon removes excess tissue, the skin begins to lay flat and appear smooth. This only requires a small incision, leaving little to no scaring, keeping the skin in a normal shape.

But sometimes liposuction isn’t a suitable option because there is simply too much tissue and skin involved. In this case, the plastic surgeon removes excess tissue with an incision made around the nipple or along the base of the breast tissue. Both types of surgery are performed as an outpatient and require the patient to wear a special garment for the first while after the procedure.

Those who have undergone the procedure say there was some pain, but it was very manageable with some pain medication. There was also some bruising, swelling, and aching, but after the first couple of weeks, this disappeared and they were thoroughly pleased with the results.

Plastic Surgery Numbers Up Across the UK for Men and Women

Gynaecomastia wasn’t the only procedure Britons were seeking out last year. The top five plastic surgery procedures for men include rhinoplasty (nose jobs), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), breast reduction, otoplasty (ear correction), and liposuction. The top five procedures for women include breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, face / neck lift, and tummy tucks.

In all, UK plastic surgeons performed 36,482 surgical procedures in 2009, which is an increase of 6.7% over 2008. Interestingly, the recession has negatively affected certain procedures. Facelifts for women fell by 8% and plastic surgeons and other medical experts feel this has occurred because patients are seeking cheaper options. This includes brow lifts, eyelid surgery, and nose jobs, which increased 43%, 6% and 25% respectively.

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Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group is the UK offer a variety of Breast and Liposuction related surgical procedures including; breast reduction surgery, undergoing liposuction surgery. we provide across all of our 22 clinics in the UK.

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