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Dr. Hugh Hetherington Weighs In on Rising Male Breast Reduction Trends

May 14, 2013 - Bozeman, MT

An article featured by the Daily Mail reports cosmetic surgeons have performed two times as many surgeries aimed to rid male patients of excess tissue around the br**ts as normal over the past five years. Dr. Hugh Hetherington, a cosmetic surgeon experienced with the procedure, took note of the rapid increase in popularity.

According to the article, medical experts attribute the growing popularity of the procedure to imbalances in male sex hormones as well as a rise in obesity. Furthermore, increasing numbers of men are likely seeking the procedure as attitudes toward the surgery have changed over recent years.

The hormonal imbalances linked to the condition, known as gynecomastia, can sometimes result as unintended side effects of medications. For years, anabolic steroids have also been linked to the growth of breast tissue in men. The article notes medicines aimed to treat depression, cancer, the heart, and the liver can cause some men to develop what appear to be br**ts. It is estimated one-fifth of cases are caused by medication.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hugh Hetherington is acutely aware of the benefits the procedure can have to one's physical body and self-esteem. He commented, "Gynecomastia is a condition that is embarrassing for men who are afflicted with it. In most instances, it is easily corrected with liposuction done under local anesthetic with sedation. Patients can typically resume normal activities within a few days."

Changes in the environment that lead to an increase in female sex hormones like estrogen also play a role, the article reports. It notes that most often, young males develop the condition as they go through puberty. However, figures in the article indicate 30 percent of those afflicted are older men.

The article reports 790 men living in the United Kingdom underwent the surgery in 2011, per statistics provided by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.


Dr. Hugh Hetherington is an otolaryngologist and cosmetic surgeon who serves the greater Bozeman, Montana, community at Big Sky Ear, Nose & Throat as well as Big Sky Cosmetic Surgery. After graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University, he served as an Army doctor and surgeon at numerous locations both in the United States and abroad. Today, Dr. Hugh Hetherington is double board-certified physician, recognized by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to a medical practice, Dr. Hetherington holds a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at Montana State University.


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