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Male Breast Reduction Operations Sag in UK, Statistics Show

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- In Britain, breast reductions for men are out and fat injections for women are in.

Last year, 20 percent fewer British men than the year before sought surgery to treat gynecomastia, better known as “moobs” or enlarged male breasts, according to just-released data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

And for the first time ever, British women had more fat injected into them than they had removed.  Demand for fat injection procedures that plump up the face and smooth out lumpy thighs and flat bums rose 13 percent, while former best sellers like liposuction and tummy tucks fell by more than 10 percent.

Face lifts, brow lifts and other anti-aging touch-ups for the face were up by double digits.  Eye lid surgery as well as face and neck-lift operations both soared in popularity for both sexes in 2012.

Of the more than 43,000 Brits who went under the knife for some cosmetic renovation, 90 percent were women.

Meanwhile in America, the ratio of men to women having cosmetic surgery is virtually the same as in the U.K.  Like the British, Americans have shown growing fondness for anti-aging fat injections as well.  Americans still love liposuction and tummy tucks, but the big rise was in chin lifts -- “mentoplasty” to pick up and reshape the chin rose by 71 percent in 2011, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

One thing remained the same on both sides of the pond: The most common cosmetic procedure by far was breast augmentation.  In the U.K., nearly 10,000 women opted for breast enlargement last year.  In the U.S., more than 300,000 women surgically enhanced their breasts in 2011, the last time American statistics were released.

Cosmetic surgery in both countries remained big business despite a sagging economy.  Americans had nearly 14 million cosmetic procedures last year, to the tune of $10.1 billion.  In Britain, the number of cosmetic procedures performed rose by a little over 5 percent.

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Twin Sisters' Torment Led to Breast Reduction Surgery

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since they were teenagers, 42-year-old twins Tanesha and Tiwan Sweet can finally go out in public without enduring taunts, stares and whispers.

Up until a few weeks ago, the women suffered years of humiliating harassment for having size 40G breasts.

"I used to work in a nursing home and a lot of the older men groped at me and touched me," Tanesha, who hails from Long Branch, N.J., told ABC News.  "I always went to work wearing two bras and a sweat top, and I would never take it off, even if it was 90 degrees out."

But the torment continued outside of work as well.  Going to the beach, even while covered up in pants and tee shirts, led to more teasing.

"We were just walking along and people were staring, and we've even had cars stop, look and whisper while they're pointing at us," she said.

On top of the emotional pain, the sisters also endured years of back pain and discomfort.  Tanesha said she suffered from unrelenting back spasms.

Relatives and friends who had breast reduction surgery spent years trying to persuade the women to do the same.  They were initially reluctant because of concerns over cost.  Their surgeon, Dr. Russell Ashinoff of The Plastic Surgery Center, said the procedure can cost between $5,000 and $8,000 if not covered by insurance.

But both sisters found out their health insurance would pay for most of the surgery.

While considered a cosmetic procedure, Ashinoff explained it's also a reconstructive procedure that improves self-esteem and eases physical symptoms; the latter is why insurance companies agree to pay for the surgery under certain conditions.

"We removed probably about 1,200 grams from each breast, which is about 2.5 to 3 pounds from each side," he said.

Tanesha said the surgery took her from a 40G to a 38DD, taking quite a bit of stress off her back and neck.

"I haven't had a back spasm since the surgery.  I have had no pain at all," she said.

And her bra size isn't the only part of her wardrobe that has changed.

"I can finally buy a size extra-large shirt now, and I can also wear button-up shirts, which I could never wear before," she joked.

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