gynecomastia causes

Generation Iron, a new documentary released in September 2013, tackles the subject of modern-day bodybuilding. The movie, which is narrated by Mickey Rourke and features Arnold Schwarzenegger, aims to take a look at real bodybuilders’ lives and help the audience gain understanding for the sport and the people who practice it.

During an interview with FOX411, filmmaker Vlad Yudin stated, “The bodybuilding sport is very misunderstood and has so many stereotypes associated with it. I really wanted to focus on the lives of these athletes and explore what motivates and inspires them both in this unique world and in their everyday lives.”

Steroids and Bodybuilding

Yudin says that the film tackles steroid use directly, as it is a major issue in bodybuilding. However, Yudin points out that though many bodybuilders resort to steroids, there is no quick fix to replace training, and that many successful bodybuilders do not use steroids to achieve results.

Much of the criticism of bodybuilding stems from the idea that all bodybuilders use steroids, which is simply not the case. Unfortunately, steroid use is not isolated to bodybuilding; nearly all sports inspire some professional athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs.

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The Link Between Steroids and Gynecomastia

The use of steroids in bodybuilding and other sports is extremely dangerous. By disrupting normal hormones, the drugs can cause major health problems and can trigger a condition known as gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts.

Though the condition can also be triggered by normal hormonal fluctuations, the incidence of gynecomastia is much higher among athletes, particularly among bodybuilding athletes, due to the prevalence of steroid use in this group.

Gynecomastia Surgery: A Permanent Treatment

Unfortunately, once gynecomastia has been triggered breast tissue growth, it is impossible to reverse the breast tissue enlargement without ceasing use of the drug and undergoing corrective surgery.

Gynecomastia surgery with our specialists involves male breast laser liposuction to melt away excess fat and sometimes also requires excision of breast glands. There are very few surgeons that specialize in gynecomastia treatment, so if you suffer from the condition, it’s important to select your surgeon carefully.

Our New York gynecomastia specialists offer consistently excellent results at our Long Island and Manhattan surgical centers. Call 631-499-1831 or 212-206-0023 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.