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Male ‘boobs’ a growing problem

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Male ‘boobs’ a growing problem

NEW DELHI: Cosmetic surgeons in Delhi are baffled by the sudden increase in demand for breast reduction by young men. Doctors say they get eight to 10 such cases monthly while the number of women seeking breast reduction is no more than three a month.

 

Doctors say besides hormonal problems, steroid use among gym-goers, obesity and other lifestyle factors are reasons behind this phenomenon.

 

"Incidence of breast enlargement has increased enormously in young men. Till about a decade ago, we rarely had male patients coming for reduction of the breast. These days, we get two to three such cases every week," Dr (Major General) A S Bath, head of plastic and cosmetic surgery department at BLK Super-Specialty Hospital, says. NEW DELHI: Cosmetic surgeons in Delhi are baffled by the sudden increase in demand for breast reduction by young men. Doctors say they get eight to 10 such cases monthly while the number of women seeking breast reduction is no more than three a month.

 

Doctors say besides hormonal problems, steroid use among gym-goers, obesity and other lifestyle factors are reasons behind this phenomenon.

 

"Incidence of breast enlargement has increased enormously in young men. Till about a decade ago, we rarely had male patients coming for reduction of the breast. These days, we get two to three such cases every week," Dr (Major General) A S Bath, head of plastic and cosmetic surgery department at BLK Super-Specialty Hospital, says.

 

Called gynaecomastia in medical terms, breast enlargement in men is caused by imbalance in male and female hormones—androgens and oestrogen. It's more frequent in boys aged between 19 and 25 years, though a few cases are also observed in middle-aged people. It's a common misconception that men do not have female hormones. "They are present, but in smaller amounts. Hormonal imbalance occurs naturally when a patient's body is more receptive to female hormones, but such cases are rare. In most cases, it is caused by external factors—poor nutrition, steroid use and physical inactivity," Dr Bath says.


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