Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah and Sharon Osbourne are among the more high-profile women who elected to have reduction mammaplasty (or breast reduction surgery). But here's something you may not know: the procedure is growing increasingly common for men! A new report in the UK's Female First (citing the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) reveals some even more shocking statistics:
"[T]he number of men having cosmetic surgery [in the United Kingdom] has now risen to almost one in 10 patients. And with an increase nationwide of 44 per cent since last year, male breast reduction surgery has surpassed all other procedures."
The primary cause? A harmless (but embarrassing) condition called gynecomastia, which causes male breast tissue to swell up to varying degrees. Even crazier? It affects nearly half of ALL men over the course of their lifetime.