Many successful professional athletes face allegations of performance-enhancing drug use at some point during their careers. Some of these allegations are perfectly true, of course, but others are just rumors, often disproved through drug testing.

One baseball player, Marlon Byrd, currently an outfielder for the New York Mets, has faced down his own drug allegations with courage, and takes full responsibility for his actions. Why did he take banned drugs? To resolve his gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts).

Suspended for Attempted Treatment?

Marlon Byrd's Gynecomastia Struggles 2While Byrd did test positive for a banned drug, he claims that it was not done to enhance his performance, but to try to treat his existing gynecomastia. Though he’s not sure why he developed the condition, he did have surgery to treat it. His gynecomastia later resurfaced, though it’s unclear as to why.

In an attempt to treat the problem without another surgery, he took a medication known as Nolvadax. Little did Byrd know that the medication itself contained a banned substance. When he tested positive, he was put on suspension.

Of the incident, he takes full responsibility and admitted, “It was me not doing my homework.” Though he has been very open about the events surrounding his suspension, many still regard him with skepticism. Byrd tries to take it all in stride.

Gynecomastia and Steroids

Gynecomastia is linked to steroid use because the drug interferes with the natural chemistry of the body and can cause an estrogen imbalance, which leads to gynecomastia. Men involved in bodybuilding and athletics sometimes use steroids and are prone to developing the condition, which cannot be reversed simply by stopping use of the steroids.

The reason it cannot be reversed is that physical tissue begins to overgrow in either the breast glands or the fatty area of the male breast. Once this tissue has developed, it cannot be wished away by stopping the substance that caused the growth. The tissue is there to stay and must be surgically removed.

How is Gynecomastia Treated?

True gynecomastia can’t be treated with pills, creams, or exercises. Unfortunately, surgery is the only way to get rid of enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia surgery at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York involves laser-assisted liposuction and (usually) gland excision. Surgery must be performed by a highly-qualified and experienced surgeon to ensure best results.

Our cosmetic & plastic surgeons are among the few doctors in New York that specialize in gynecomastia treatment for men (and who boast an impressive record of success stories).

For the very best in male breast reduction results, contact our NYC or Long Island offices today to schedule your private, complimentary consultation.