Men who participate in bodybuilding may be especially concerned about gynecomastia; the very nature of the sport revolves around the appearance of the participant, leaving bodybuilders feeling embarrassed by enlarged breast tissue. However, it is important to realize that even very fit individuals can develop gynecomastia. In bodybuilding, steroid use may be linked to gynecomastia. Dr. Breitbart is an accomplished surgeon who is dedicated to providing excellent care to his patients. Ahead, he discusses the link between steroid use and gynecomastia in bodybuilders.
Can Steroids Cause Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men and boys. Bodybuilders, who spend significant amounts of time improving and maintaining their muscles and extremely fit physiques, may turn to supplements such as steroids to enhance their efforts. These substances can contribute to the enlargement of the breasts, essentially steroid-induced gynecomastia. For example, anabolic steroids are a popular choice for bodybuilders due to the claims that the substance can build muscle mass and boost their athletic performance. However, it can increase a person’s risk for several serious conditions, in addition to contributing to enlarged breast tissue. Androstenedione is another supplement that may result in gynecomastia, effectively making its use counterproductive to those interested in achieving their ideal body. Steroid use can lead to an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen, which can trigger the growth of breast tissue.
Fortunately, gynecomastia surgery can offer bodybuilders a permanent solution to this condition. Dr. Breitbart uses the surgery to remove excess breast tissue to create a normal, masculine chest. He achieves this by using the most appropriate technique for each patient, which may include liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. Because enlarged breasts can sometimes develop asymmetrically, gynecomastia surgery is also ideal for restoring chest symmetry, allowing patients to feel more confident. In addition, this procedure can get rid of the breast discomfort that can sometimes result from gynecomastia. Bodybuilders and active individuals may be pleased to know that many patients feel ready to go back to work after only a couple of days after surgery, though Dr. Breitbart will let each patient know when it is safe to return to their strenuous activities.
Schedule Your Gynecomastia Consultation Today
Suffering from gynecomastia as a bodybuilder can make you feel discouraged about all the hard work you have put into your appearance. Even those who compete as a hobby can develop feelings of self-consciousness, which may make some athletes with gynecomastia completely avoid the sport. However, gynecomastia is a treatable condition, and gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Breitbart can help restore lost confidence. To schedule your gynecomastia consultation, call our office or request a new patient consultation today.