Male cosmetic surgery is on the rise! Recently, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that around a third of its members noted a rise in male enquiries. Today, around ten percent of cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on men, and male chest reduction surgery is the fourth most popular choice for males – and the top male surgery choice below the neck.
But, why the sudden surge? Certainly, with more male influencers opening up about their own plastic surgery experiences, it is more socially acceptable for men to have surgery, and there is less stigma attached.
One former Love Island star recently shared a video of his male breast reduction surgery procedure experience.
Thomas Powell’s male chest surgery
The former Love Island hunk live-streamed his male chest surgery (or Gyno surgery) to his Instagram followers. During the one hour and 15-minute video, and whilst under local anaesthetic, he discusses his operation as his surgeon carries out the procedure, responding to his Instagram fans’ questions.
The main reasons that the fitness coach gives for having the procedure are the pain he was experiencing during his workouts, and how his ‘man boobs’ look. The surgery he receives includes VASER liposuction, glandular tissue removal as well as smoothing out an old muscle tear.
One fan asked, why are you doing this video? “We need to normalise men having procedures,” said Thomas. His surgeon added, “I see a lot of guys suffering with this problem. I have patients that cannot take off their shirts on the beach, because they are so self-conscious.”
What causes man boobs?
Although the cause of Powell’s man boobs, or its medical name ‘gynecomastia’, is unclear, in his world of body-building and fitness training, steroid use is commonplace. Steroids can damage the body’s ability to produce testosterone that creates an imbalance in hormones that can lead to gynecomastia.
However, all men have a certain amount of glandular tissue in the chest that can over-develop for several reasons including age, as a side-effect from drugs, an endocrine disorder and even genetics. Additionally fat on the chest can be resistant to diet and exercise, and can become stretched. Usually, the cause is a combination of factors, so the treatment options will take this into consideration.
Are you influenced?
Has Powell’s male chest surgery footage encouraged you to take the plunge and consider surgery to regain your confidence? If so, the best first step is to book a consultation with a highly experienced gynecomastia surgeon.
At your consultation you can talk through your goals, discuss your options and ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
Contact the Masculum Clinic today to find out more.