Gynecomastia in Body Builders

In body builders, gynecomastia is generally the result of anabolic steroids use, or from ingestion of over-the-counter hormones, frequently sold in various sport and general nutrition stores. In most cases, gynecomastia becomes a permanent finding, lasting beyond the cessation of steroid use. Patients with gynecomastia typically request surgical treatment for aesthetic purposes, and body builders with gynecomastia who compete on a professional level are no exception. This sport requires that as an athlete they have an extremely low percentage of body fat before a competition, which makes the glandular tissue even more pronounced.

Surgical treatment of gynecomastia in bodybuilders is more challenging than in other patients due to various factors. There is an Increase in the vascularity of the chest as a result of larger and more developed pectoralis muscles, the usage of various anabolic steroids, and an increase in the intake of different Omega fatty acids, all of which are known to cause excessive bleeding during surgery.

The surgical technique for correcting such deformities has evolved over the last few years. It incorporates a minimal incision approach with direct excision of the gland.

Professional body builders have a much higher ratio of glandular to fatty tissue and required no liposuction in virtually all cases. In this manner, the nipple-areolar-complex (NAC) is flush with the contour of the pectoral muscle as demonstrated in all of the post operative photos.

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Plastic Surgery Meeting – Boston

This meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons took place in October of 2015. Dr. Hazani presented his work with Dr. Blau on correcting gynecomastia deformities in Body builders. The meeting is the premier national plastic surgery meeting in the U.S. and the lecture was for hundreds of plastic surgeons in a specialty session regarding gynecomastia surgery.

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