Steroid use is fairly common among competitive bodybuilders because this nonprescription medication can increase muscle growth and help them perform better. However, unprescribed anabolic steroid use can have serious side effects and health risks, including the potential for developing enlarged male breasts.

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What Are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids promote muscle growth and are often used by bodybuilders or athletes. These steroids are available as a pill, injectable, or skin cream and they can be incredibly dangerous. When anabolic steroids are used without a prescription, their strength can be more than 10 times higher than steroids prescribed for medical use. Common anabolic steroids include:

  • Testosterone
  • Nandrolone
  • Stanozolol
  • Methandienone
  • Boldenone

Not only are anabolic steroids a cause of gynecomastia, but they can also cause early brain cell death and severe health issues like epilepsy and chronic pain. Erectile dysfunction, infertility, hair loss, and an increased risk of prostate cancer are also common side effects of prolonged anabolic steroid use.

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Steroid-Induced Gynecomastia

When anabolic steroids are ingested, they are converted to an estrogen-like compound and the ratio of estrogen to testosterone is altered. When more estrogen is present, this hormone imbalance can cause the growth of male breast tissue.

High estrogen levels can also arise if bodybuilders temporarily stop taking steroids. Anabolic steroids send a signal to the brain that there is enough testosterone in the body, and this stops or slows natural testosterone production. Even when athletes stop taking steroids, the lingering effects of the hormonal imbalance can have serious complications, including permanently enlarged glandular breast tissue.

Treatment Options for Steroid-Induced Gynecomastia

Athletes and bodybuilders often use estrogen blockers to block the effects of estrogen (including breast enlargement). However, this medication can cause a variety of side effects like erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and weakened bones which increase the risk of fractures, blurred vision, and more. Surgical treatment is usually a safer and more effective option.

Once gynecomastia has progressed and breast tissue is developed, gynecomastia surgery is the best option to tone the chest and get rid of feminine-looking breasts. Dr. Delgado offers many surgical options depending on the severity of your gynecomastia symptoms. During surgery, glandular tissue and excess fatty tissue will be removed from the breasts to tone and flatten the chest for a more masculine appearance.

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I had the procedure completed about 2 months ago and I am very pleased with the outcome. My chest finally looks the way I’ve wanted it to look for years. The muscle definition is finally there and I can wear tighter fitting shirts and workout gear without the discomfort of feeling self conscious about my chest.

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I highly recommend Dr. Delgado if you are considering gynecomastia surgery!

– Michael Cruz

I had the procedure completed about 2 months ago and I am very pleased with the outcome. My chest finally looks the way I’ve wanted it to look for years. The muscle definition is finally there and I can wear tighter fitting shirts and workout gear without the discomfort of feeling self conscious about my chest.

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If you are suffering from breast development resulting from the use of anabolic steroids, schedule a consultation with Dr. Delgado. He can help you treat gynecomastia and regain your ideal physique as well as help you through your steroid addiction to improve and maintain your overall health.

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