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Gynecomastia and Steroid Use
Gynecomastia is a condition caused by a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone, which affects the glandular tissue of male breasts. The chemical imbalance causes swelling of the breast tissue, making the region appear inflated and overgrown. Gynecomastia has been found to be directly related to steroid use. As a result, steroid users have an increased risk of developing the condition.
Though not life-threatening, gynecomastia can be both painful and embarrassing for men who are concerned about body image. Luckily, Dr. Dadvand, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, specializes in treating patients who want to correct the condition for aesthetic reasons. Dr. Dadvand is here to help you look and feel your best–and regain your confidence.
Why Do Steroid Users Suffer from Gynecomastia at Increased Rates?
Steroid users are among those with the highest risk of developing gynecomastia. Steroids work by increasing the production of estrogen, the female hormone associated with the development of breast tissue. This buildup of estrogen then binds to the receptors in the breast tissue, causing inflammation in the region.
Treatment Options for Gynecomastia in Steroid Users
Gynecomastia can begin to develop after just a single week of steroid usage but the length of time and severity of gynecomastia development varies from user to user. Unfortunately, once the condition starts to develop, changes in an individual’s body are permanent. Even after stopping steroids, gynecomastia may persist.
Many patients who start to develop gynecomastia try to treat the condition through compression shirts, pills, and natural supplements. These solutions are temporary and may not provide noticeable results. The only permanent and effective way to reverse the look of the enlarged breast tissue is to undergo gynecomastia surgery performed by a board-certified surgeon, such as Dr. Dadvand.
Your Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia caused by steroid use can be completely reversed in just one procedure performed by Dr. Dadvand.. After determining your candidacy for gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Dadvand will work with you to develop a plan of action to eliminate gynecomastia. The surgery involves the excision of breast tissue. If excess fat is an issue, liposuction may also be performed. Dr. Dadvand will formulate the best course of action based on the extent of your condition and your individual goals.
Anesthesia will be administered during surgery to ensure your utmost comfort. Dr. Dadvand will also go over the specifics of your recovery in full detail prior to the procedure. To ensure the best results and to prevent regrowth of breast tissue after stopping steroid usage, the user will have to permanently stop using steroids after surgery.
Gynecomastia Surgery in Los Angeles
Your gynecomastia surgery by Dr. Dadvand will be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home that day. As one of the leading surgeons specializing in gynecomastia surgery in LA, Dr. Dadvand is credentialed at several top-of-the-line surgery centers around the city, which are each fully equipped with the most advanced technology.
From pre-surgery appointments to post-surgery recovery, Dr. Dadvand and our office staff will be there for you to ensure that everything is going as planned. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a new and improved version of yourself.
To learn more about gynecomastia, and to see before and after pictures, please visit www.drdadvandplasticsurgery.com or www.gynecomastialosangeles.org.