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Gynecomastia in Bodybuilders

February 2, 2023

Bodybuilders may feel especially embarrassed by their gynecomastia since body image is important to them and they work hard to maintain a toned physique. However, it is important to remember that even the most fit men can develop gynecomastia. Oftentimes, gynecomastia in bodybuilders is caused by steroids or other work-out supplements.

What is Steroid-Induced Gynecomastia? 

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes the abnormal growth of breast tissue in adolescent boys and men. Steroid-induced gynecomastia is a specific type of gynecomastia that bodybuilders can develop if they use anabolic steroids or other supplements to build muscle. Anabolic steroids stimulate the production of estrogen, a female hormone, which causes a hormonal imbalance and the unwanted growth of breast tissue.

Steroid-induced gynecomastia often causes symptoms similar to Types 1-2 gynecomastia. Puffy nipples and breast tissue that extends outward below the areolas is common. Unfortunately, this will not go away with exercise, but gynecomastia surgery is an effective and permanent solution.

Treatment Options 

The goal of gynecomastia surgery for bodybuilders is to remove all the excess breast tissue without leaving a noticeable scar or contour irregularities. This can be especially difficult since bodybuilders have low body fat, and the irregularities are more noticeable when they flex their muscles. Dr. Cruise works carefully and with precision to ensure a smooth, toned contour.

Since bodybuilders have low body fat, it is important to be cautious about preventing crater deformities and wrinkling. Dr. Cruise may leave a small amount of breast tissue behind to avoid these potential complications. It is also highly unlikely the remaining tissue or new tissue will develop following surgery, so the results will be permanent even if steroid use continues. It is not uncommon for bodybuilders to continue steroid use, but we strongly recommend avoiding unprescribed steroid use since other more serious health problems can develop.

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Dr. Cruise works with compassion and understanding for men who are embarrassed by their overly large breasts. If you have developed gynecomastia, schedule a consultation today to discuss your treatment options and regain the toned physique you have worked hard to achieve.

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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