Jax on the popular reality television show, Vanderpump Rules, recently discussed and had part of his gynecomastia correction surgery shown on the air. This is a great topic for television, as many men are embarrassed to acknowledge their condition, let alone discuss and pursue treatment.
There’s only one problem with the way it was talked about: Jax blamed it on supplements. As anyone who watches the show knows, Jax is a muscular guy who has taken plenty of supplements to aid in achieving his body.
At this time, there is no evidence that supplements cause gynecomastia. Some people believe protein supplements labeled as “anabolic” can cause the condition, since anabolic steroids can often lead to it.
This is untrue. Protein supplements with the word “anabolic” on the label do not contain steroids; therefore they have not been proven to cause gynecomastia.
Anabolic Steroids and Gynecomastia
Anabolic steroids can cause enlarged male breasts. The exogenous testosterone stops the production of natural testosterone in the body, and this can cause estrogen predominance. The estrogen is what can cause puffy nipples (extra glandular tissue) and larger breasts (extra fatty tissue).
In most cases, steroids lead to irrevocable gynecomastia. In that, it’s not possible to treat the condition naturally with simply stopping steroid use or wearing a compression garment. The only way to get rid of enlarged male breasts due to anabolic steroid use is through removing the tissue via surgery.
About Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Correction surgery reduces the size of the breasts to improve both the physique and contour of the chest. We use Smartlipo™ laser liposuction to produce gentle heat that melts and liquefies the fat. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they can be easily removed with a small suction cannula.
If there is extra glandular tissue under the nipple, it will be removed with a scalpel. A small incision is made in the border of the areola so that the glands can be removed with minimal scarring.
This treatment does not prevent reoccurrence if the patient continues to use anabolic steroids. Avoiding all growth steroids can help you achieve long-lasting results from male breast reduction surgery.
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Our cosmetic and plastic surgeons in New York City and Long Island specialize in treating enlarged male breasts. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you get back your confidence with this procedure.
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