Rise in WA cases of male breast reduction surgeries blamed on steroids and obesity

Australian DECEMBER 13, 2014

A spike in male breast reduction surgeries is blamed on STEROIDS and obesity, experts say.


Obesity, causes so many problems and for many males the size of their breasts is just too much. Although many plastic surgical procedures require a degree of physical fitness and natural weight loss before surgery, how much of mens breasts could be reduced with right diet and exercise?

Here are Some Facts on the Size of the Problem in Western Australia

“New Health Department figures show 252 WA men were diagnosed with gynaecomastia, or excess breast tissue, last year – an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year.

The number of men undergoing mastectomies for the condition has also increased, up 41 per cent over the past 10 years, with boys as young as 15 going under the knife.

Gynaecomastia can be caused by a number of medical conditions, but health experts are warning steroid use and obesity are behind the growing number of WA cases.

Perth plastic and reconstructive surgeon Timothy Hewitt said the disorder’s increasing prevalence simply couldn’t be put down to medical reasons alone.

“A population that is getting a bit heavier and maybe some increased steroid usage in the gym, they are certainly populations that we see an increased number in gynae- comastia cases,” he said.

National data shows 78 WA men had gynaecomastia-related mastectomies between July and October this year. Of those, most (30) were in the 25-34 age group, followed by 16 people aged 15 to 24.”

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