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Gynecomastia Surgery

For Bodybuilders

Many bodybuilders develop enlarged male breasts or gynecomastia as a result of taking anabolic steroids and other similar drugs to boost their performance. Although using steroids does not always cause gynecomastia or man boobs, it is a common side effect with these drugs.

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How Do Anabolic Steroids Cause Gynecomastia Or Man Boobs?

  • Anabolic steroids are processed by the body and converted into estrogen causing an estrogen-testosterone imbalance. Estrogen hormone imbalance causes gland tissue to grow.
  • Anabolic steroids also negatively decrease the body’s normal production of testosterone leading to further estogen-testosterone imbalance and breast gland growth.
  • Enlarged breast tissue does not return to normal even if you stop taking steroids. This results in “man boobs” or true gynecomastia.

Can I Get Rid Of My Gynecomastia Or Man Boobs Without Surgery?

  • Neither prescription nor over-the-counter medications can treat true gynecomastia. Taking estrogen blockers is often not helpful and will not reverse the gynecomastia.
  • The only real solution for enlarged glandular breasts is surgical removal and cutting out the glands which is called subcutaneous mastectomy. Any other proposed surgical technique or solution will not be successful.

How Is Gynecomastia Treated In Body Builders?

Dr. Lo treats bodybuilders’ gynecomastia with complete breast gland removal which is called subcutaneous mastectomy.

Because bodybuilders’ enlarged breasts are caused by the steroid-induced growth of gland tissue, not fat tissue, Dr. Lo must surgically remove the excess gland tissue. Dr. Lo calls this “cutting out the glands” and once this is done, the breast gland tissue is permanently removed and will not come back.

What Is Subcutaneous Mastectomy?

Subcutaneous mastectomy is a surgical technique to remove the breast gland. An incision or cut is made along the bottom edge of the areola from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock.

  • Through this incision, the breast gland is completely removed.
  • The amount or weight of gland tissue varies from patient to patient. It may be the size of a marble, silver dollar coin, donut or even larger.
  • Puffy nipples will be corrected with the removal of the gland tissue behind the nipple.
  • The diameter of the areola will shrink and become smaller.
  • The incision or cut usually heals well and will be almost “invisible” as the scar is at the edge of the pigmented areola and the normal skin.
Above image shows armpit incision used for liposuction and nipple/areolar incision used for gland removal.

Above image shows armpit incision used for liposuction and nipple/areolar incision used for gland removal.


Glands removed from 31 y.o. male body builder

If you are a male with Gynecomastia and have discovered Dr. Lo, do not waste your time looking any further. Visit him ASAP. My quality of life has skyrocketed, giving me a confidence I never had…

— DB

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