Why Steroids Cause Gynecomastia By A. Abraham Levin, MD

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By A. Abraham Levin, MD.

As a NYC gynecomastia surgery specialist, I feel it is my duty to help young men avoid the pain that I see in my patients day in and day out.

Male breast reduction surgery is a necessity in some cases of true gynecomastia. Why? Because excess fatty tissue and breast glands rarely reduce on its own.

When the patient has puberty-induced breast growth, it can go away on its own if the patient waits it out; often times it resolves itself within two years and surgery is never needed.

However, in other cases, the breasts remain puffy and over-sized. For others, it caused by a substance they have used that results in this medical condition. These substances include:

  • Steroids for muscle growth
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medications
  • Methamphetamines

Not exactly the kind of thing you want to see in the mirror, right? For young men that wish to gain muscle mass and take steroids, this is an especially dangerous route to take.


Dangers of Steroid Use, Aside From Breast Growth

Although muscle mass may seem like a huge reward for the risk of taking anabolic steroids, these risks far outweigh the benefits. The following are just some of the side-effects listed on the WebMD.com website:

  • Shrinkage of the testicles
  • Infertility
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Balding
  • Acne
  • Rage, manic behavior, delusions, aggression, and violence
  • Liver disease and possibly liver cancer
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Halting of bone growth in teens (short stature)


More Men Admitting to Gynecomastia Surgery

Gone are the days when it was too embarrassing to admit that this condition was a problem or that surgery was the solution. In fact, we’re seeing more celebrities, athletes, and reality shows (such as Albert on the TV show Botched) talking about this topic.

And it’s nothing to be ashamed of! No matter how your condition started, the solution may be surgery. The courage it takes to admit when there’s a problem and get it resolved can motivate and inspire others around you to take that step toward a life free of embarrassment and shame.

Our Gynecomastia Surgery NYC & Long Island centers are ready to schedule your free consultation to see if surgery is necessarily the right choice for you.

I’ll sit down with you personally and answer all of your questions, provide a physical exam, and run blood work to see if you’re a candidate for surgery.

Call me today: (212) 206-0023 or (631) 499-1831.


Yours Truly,

Dr. A. Abraham Levin

Dr. A. Abraham Levin