If you have heard about a medical condition called gynecomastia (more commonly known as “man boobs”), then you’ve probably heard about the link between steroid use and male breast development.
This may seem counterintuitive, as the image of bulky, muscular athletes would seem to clash with a feminine-looking chest. However, body chemistry is extremely sensitive, and foreign hormones and substances can wreak havoc on normal functions.
Read on to learn why anabolic steroids for bodybuilding can cause gynecomastia to develop.
How Steroids Work
Anabolic steroids work as synthetic testosterone. Since gynecomastia is caused by excessive estrogen in the male body, how can steroids possibly trigger male breast growth?
Here’s how it happens. The synthetic testosterone induces muscle growth, bulk, speed, and other benefits that enhance athletic prowess.
However, this large amount of male hormone introduced to the body at one time often prompts the body to metabolize the excess testosterone into estrogen—causing breast growth.
Bodybuilding & Steroids
While it is common for bodybuilders to use steroids to bulk up, gynecomastia is just one of many problems that can stem from steroid use.
For your own safety, it is best not to use any performance-enhancing drugs, or to cease using them if you have already begun. If caught early enough, it may be possible to reverse gynecomastia by simply stopping the steroids.
For established cases of male breast enlargement, however, the only fix is surgery. Male breast reduction is permanent, safe, effective, and growing in popularity.
Gynecomastia Treatment = Surgery
While surgery may seem like an extreme option for treating gynecomastia, other options like pills and creams simply don’t work.
Established breast tissue must be removed using a combination of liposuction and excision on the chest area. While the procedure is growing more popular all the time, it is not right for all patients, and only a qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon can assess individual candidacy.
Finding a Qualified New York Gynecomastia Surgeon
The results from any procedure largely depend on the doctor. Many plastic & cosmetic surgeons are offering gynecomastia surgery these days, but few have the stellar qualifications of our New York specialists.
Our surgeons offer years of experience and a high rate of patient satisfaction. If you’d like to learn more and schedule your free consultation at our New York, NY or Commack, Long Island locations, please call us today.
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