Alcohol linked to ‘moobs’

male breast reductionOne drink in particular has recently been linked to an increased risk in developing moobs or male breasts: IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale. There are a plethora of IPAs available on the market, and their interesting, hoppy flavour has resonated well with consumers, leading to an explosion in popularity. Between 2014 and 2015, it is reported that sales of IPAs increased by a whopping 450%. Hoppy ales are the big thing right now, and craft beer is most definitely on trend.

There is, however, an unwelcome side effect for the nation’s hop-loving consumers. It has been reported recently that components found within IPAs can actually lead to men developing an over-enlarged chest area that appears similar to female breasts.

Increasing the risk of moobs developing

The hops that are present in the popular ‘hoppy IPAs’ contain a natural component called phytoestrogens which are found in plants. These have some positive side effects; for example, they are good at helping you drift off to sleep at night, but they also attach to the oestrogen receptors in the body, interfering with how they should be working, with scientists now believing that this can stimulate the development of man boobs.

It’s not just the phytoestrogens that you need to be mindful of though….

Excessive alcohol consumption is known to be a risk factor in developing moobs, whatever your favourite tipple. The liver is responsible for many different jobs in the body, one of which is the removal of excess oestrogen in males. If the liver is affected by alcohol it can struggle to perform its job properly, meaning excess oestrogen can build up in the body.

In the male body, the liver processes hormones called androgens, which are linked with the production of testosterone. If the liver is affected by alcohol it can turn these androgens into oestrogen, which in men can play an essential role in the growth and development of female secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts, hence the enhanced risk of developing moobs.

Help is on hand: male breast reduction surgery

If you are already concerned with the appearance of your chest area, it is important to realise that there is a potential solution. Cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Parks is highly experienced in all cosmetic breast surgery procedures including male breast reduction, also known as a gynaecomastia procedure. To find out whether you are suitable for this procedure, call 07468 418 419 to arrange a consultation.

Thinking about having dermal fillers? Everything you need to know…

non-surgical faceliftThe term ‘dermal’ comes from the make-up of the skin, which comprises different layers. The top layer of the skin is called the epidermis and underneath that sits the dermal layer, which is much thicker and filled with tiny blood vessels. Dermal fillers are administered by injection into the dermal layer, giving volume and extra fullness to the top layer of skin. Dermal fillers are gaining in popularity as they can offer noticeable results from a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure, often described as the non-surgical facelift. If you don’t feel ready to undergo a surgical procedure, these can be an ideal choice.

Dermal fillers: the non-surgical facelift

There are many areas of the face that can be treated with dermal fillers to make them look fuller and firmer, reducing the appearance of age lines or loss of volume. Many people are aware that fillers can be used plump up your lips, but they are just one of a number of areas that cosmetic surgeons can treat with this technique. These can help:

  • Reduce smile or laughter lines – although these are perfectly natural and form between your nose and mouth, many people associated laughter lines with looking older and are keen to have the effects reversed
  • Smooth the corners of the mouth – also an area where skin can begin to droop
  • Enhance chin definition – some people will feel that excess facial skin has left them feeling that their chin and neck are beginning to merge. Dermal fillers can help redefine the boundaries
  • Reduce the appearance of facial scars – this can be achieved by using fillers to smooth the skin around the scar, lifting it in some cases which helps reduce the overall appearance.
  • Volumise the cheeks – this is a great way of quickly rolling back the years, plumping up the cheeks and helping to reduce the appearance of bags underneath the eyes.

What to expect following dermal fillers

As the fillers are administered with a needle you will probably experience some soreness and redness to the area where the injection was inserted. The skin has been plumped up from underneath, so you should also expect some bruising and swelling while the skin around the filler site heals, but most people experience no adverse effects and results are instantaneous.

Advances in facial technology

facial technologyAcross all walks of life, we are seeing continual change and development as more things are invented, improved and tested over time. The cosmetic world is no different. In fact, the multi-million pound beauty industry has countless scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs out there, all hoping that they’ll be the one to stumble across the next big thing.

A recent report evaluated some of the latest advances in facial technology and reviewed three new innovations. Whilst these may never achieve the kind of results a facelift, a brow lift or other surgical procedures can, it’s interesting to see what is being developed to try and help people tackle the signs of ageing, before they are ready to consider the surgical route.

Here’s three innovations that were recently reviewed:

The Eye Derma

A modern-day approach to removing blemishes and wrinkles that works by stimulating collagen (the component in the skin that gives it its elasticity) production in skin cells. This also helps reduce puffiness under the eyes by reducing the amount of water that is stored within the skin.


This is a futuristic looking machine that uses nano currents to tackle wrinkles. First a gel is applied to the face and neck and then a handheld device is passed over the skin, emitting light electrical stimulation. The promise is that this will boost production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – a molecule found in cells which is linked with metabolism. The light electrical stimulation will supposedly encourage skin cells to rejuvenate.

The Mindful Touch

This is a more holistic approach which uses positive mental attitude to help the skin produce chemicals required to regenerate as effectively as possible. People who undergo this therapy are encouraged to completely relax via a virtual reality experience that calms and soothes the body and mind. In this rested, peaceful state the body should produce more of a hormone called oxytocin (nicknamed the ‘love hormone’) which should mean that the body and skin are in the best possible state to receive treatments.

While these may all sound new, interesting and exciting, there will always be a limit to what can be achieved naturally to reverse signs of ageing around the face and neck. Once you’ve tried and tested the non-surgical alternatives, it’s worth talking to a cosmetic surgeon such as Mr Alan Park if you’re still not happy with the appearance of these areas. There are many things that can be done, ranging from small scale tweaks to more complicated combinations of treatments.