Male Body Builder Chest Fat
- Asked 4 years ago
Not sure if I have gyno and I've never taken steroids but I've got a well trained chest. My chest does have some fat puffiness and I look alot like some doctor's "before" patients for gyno. Instead of surgery, I wonder if I should take something to lower my estrogen?
Chest Fat in a Male Bodybuilder
Gynecomastia is more common than many people think, occurring transiently in 30 - 70% of men as they go through adolescence. The majority of cases resolve--up to 95%. But even 5% of 30% is a big number, and if the condition doesn't resolve after puberty, it may persist as glandular or fatty tissue in spite of a rigorous training program and full pectoral development. This can result in puffiness of the nipple as well as general fullness in the lower chest. Hormone levels in most instances are normal, since the problem really developed long ago. Therefore, hormonal manipulation, such as lowering estrogen, will have no effect and might have other side-effects. If gynecomastia is a late development outside of puberty, then an evaluation is necessary to rule out other causes. If it's related to steroid use, then the cause is readily apparent, and perhaps stopping the drug will allow for resolution. In most cases, however, if the gynecomastia is well established, surgery is required to correct it.
Hormone levels with gynecomastia
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If you have questions about your hormone levels, you should first seek evaluation by your primary care physician or an endocrinologist to verify your endogenous hormone levels first.
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Is Surgery needed for a small BB breast?
When a bodybuilder has a very small gynecomastia,the chance is that it is glandular tissue and not Fatty tissue.The surgery in such cases is for aesthetic reasons,and is only needed when the BB does not like his chest aesthetics.
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Chest fat in a male bodybuilder
In the male bodybuilding population, we can see patients to have access of fat or tissue in the nipple area area in some of these patients who are very thin or have a low fat density, it is important to determine if this tissue is the result of medications or other chemicals. The patient should be counseled on this and encouraged to avoid such medications. In male breast reduction patients, we can often easily excised this tissue in a small procedure using local anesthesia and a small incision around the base of the areola.
Self-Treatment for Gynecomastia not a good idea
Treating yourself is really not a good idea. This is true EVEN if you are a doctor.
In general Gyno / Gynecomastia (Men breasts, moobs etc) is extremely common and does not have a ready diagnosis. Moreover, in some cases where a diagnosis does exist it can be caused by MANY factors and disorders , only some of which are related to increased estrogens.
I would NOT take ANY medication without a full workup and without a doctor's permission. doing is is needlessly dangerous and you may be treating a condition which is NOT the cause of YOUR Gyno, IF you have one.
Dr. P. Aldea
Hormones and body builders
Treating gynecomastia with hormones when it is not indicated is a bad thing. If you are concerned about hormone levels, I would see an endocrinologist. More than likely it is not a hormone problem. It may be amenable to surgical procedures such as liposuction or direct excision.
Do not mess with your hormones. If you have a bit of fat or extra breast tissue in the chest, it would be better to either ignore it, or if it bothers you , likely get it liposuctioned. Messing with the hormones is a BAD idea.
Male chest fat
You may or may not have gynecomastia. More than likely you have a combination of male breast tissue and fat. There are many causes of male breast tissue. The most common that I see is anabolic steroid use. There are however other causes such as marijuana smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and certain medications.
Some tumors can cause this as well. Because in some instances the tumors can be cancerous and lethal, I recomend that you follow up with your primary care doctor for a full evaluation and lab work. Obviously, the earlier the treatment the better, so don't delay.
I recomend that you seek consultation with a board certifide plastic surgeon once you have been fully evaluated by your primary care doctor.
Check hormonal levels first and clinical exam before medications
You might want to check some homone levels first before taking any medications. Your primary care physician could get some blood tests and a clinical exam that would rule out any hormonal factors. Once this is done, your next step is to seek a plastic surgery consultation if still bothers you. Liposuction is the easy treatment for this condition.
I wish you all the best.
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Estrogen levels normal in most gynecomastia patients.
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