In part 1 last week, our gynecomastia New York surgeons discussed how exercise is unable to resolve the glandular aspects of gynecomastia. This week, we are going to discuss steroids, concerns bodybuilders have about treatment, and whether or not you should avoid toning the chest muscles.
Bodybuilders often use steroids to bulk up
Steroids that are often used in bodybuilding upset the body’s normal testosterone and estrogen levels and can cause an excess of estrogen that leads to gynecomastia. Bodybuilders often notice puffy nipples in addition to enlarged breast tissue.
Steroid use is the main cause of gynecomastia in bodybuilders, and while preventable, requires surgical intervention to correct once established. Steroid use after surgery must be discontinued or the gynecomastia will return again.
The reason why gynecomastia surgery is the only permanent way to remove the glandular tissue is because once glands have overdeveloped, the tissue is there for good. It will not shrink back on its own and requires surgery.
Concerns about gynecomastia treatment?
Understandably, most bodybuilding patients want to get back into the gym as soon as possible. Though the methods our surgeons use is as minimally invasive as possible, the treatment is still surgery.
Therefore, patients should wait at least four weeks before starting to lift weights again. Moderate aerobic activity is fine two weeks after surgery.
Should you avoid toning the chest muscles?
Of course not! Exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and getting in shape can boost self-confidence. Unfortunately, man boobs can do a lot to undermine this confidence. For this reason, you might want to seek surgical treatment.
Give our Long Island or NYC gynecomastia surgery centers a call today to find out how our experts can help. We see many bodybuilders and professional athletes with gynecomastia, so we know exactly how to help. You can reach us in Long Island at 631.499.1831 or in NYC at 212.206.0023.