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Gynecomastia and Body Building: Before and After Surgery

Effect of Body Building in Men With Gynecomastia

When most of our patients look in the mirror and see “man boobs” they might think to themselves that they need to spend more time in the gym or lose a few pounds. Though being overweight or obese can certainly cause hormones to shift out of balance or make a man appear to have man boobs (or gynecomastia), those are usually not the causes of the condition.

In this article, we’ll discuss the myth and facts about weight lifting and whether it can reduce male breast enlargement in men with gynecomastia as well as how to handle body building after surgery has been performed.

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Myth: “I Can Work Out and Lift Weights to Fix This”

Gynecomastia NY Surgeons Discuss Body Building for Men With GynecomastiaBody building can actually make man boobs even more noticeable in men with gynecomastia. If you have this condition already, you are noticing enlarged breast glands and excess fatty tissue in the breast area.

Unfortunately, when the breast muscle is increased from weight lifting, the enlarged glands and fatty tissue will appear even more prominent. This is actually how we approach breast augmentation in women; to place the breast implant underneath the pectoralis muscle so that the fatty tissue in the breast appears to be larger than it actually is.

We’re guessing that’s NOT what your goal is when weight lifting! Our gynecomastia NY patients always appreciate learning this information about weight lifting because many of them have nearly busted themselves in the gym trying to reduce their breast size when it has actually been working against them.

Myth: “All I Need is to Lose a Few Pounds”

What many men who have this mindset do not realize is that their problem is on a glandular level. When the breast glands grow due to a hormone imbalance, no amount of weight loss can reduce the size of those glands.

Though being overweight can certainly accentuate gynecomastia and can even contribute to an imbalance in hormone levels, the root cause of the condition is in the breast glands. Men affected by gynecomastia who were once obese will not notice a resolution to their condition.

Rather, they will see that their chest might look loose and saggy with the breast glands still being a prominent feature. Our gynecomastia NY doctors can help you understand what results to expect after having corrective surgery performed.

Fact: Steroids Used in Body Building Can Cause GynecomastiaGynecomastia NY Surgeons Discuss Body Building for Men With Gynecomastia

We hear plenty of stories from professional and amateur body builders who insist on using anabolic steroids to build muscle mass. Unfortunately, the use of these steroids has been linked definitively to the growth of male breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia.

For our body-building patients who wish to have their condition corrected, we must insist that they discontinue the use of anabolic steroids. If you have already stopped using steroids, one of our surgeons can meet with you privately to discuss whether or not there should be a waiting period.

This will allow your hormone levels to return to normal prior to undergoing male breast reduction surgery.

Body Building After Surgery for Men with Gynecomastia

You will be wearing a compression garment, shaped like a vest, for two weeks after your surgery. It must be worn 24/7 for the first week and for 12 hours during the second week (except when showering or washing).

Because of the delicate tissues in the area that will be healing up, we advise our patients to do nothing strenuous that would jeopardize their healing process or results. Part of the healing process is to avoid strenuous physical activity for about a month (anything that either raises your blood pressure, puts strain on the affected area or which would cause you to break a sweat). It’s only for two weeks!

Fortunately, many of our patients are happy to oblige considering the permanent results after surgery.

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