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Male Pectoral Implants

Male Pectoral Implants

The pectoral implant procedure is a procedure designed to increase the chest size and shape by inserting implants made of solid silicone under the real muscle. Like many other cosmetic enhancements, this procedure gives men a chance to aesthetically enhance an area of the body through surgery when no other alternatives are available or desirable.

Male pectoral implants are designed to define and shape the chest area. In men who cannot achieve desired results through exercise, the surgery can give the existing muscles a toned, enhanced appearance. For those with congenital defects or loss of muscle in an accident or injury, the pectoral implant procedure can often reproduce a natural, even and symmetrical chest area. Pectoral implants can help build self-confidence in individuals who were once embarrassed by their appearance. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the result is the athletic, natural appearance of a more proportioned torso.

How are male pectoral implants performed?

Your surgeon will begin pectoral implant surgery by making a small incision in the armpit and then inserting the implant endoscopically. Endoscopic surgery involves using a thin tube with a very small camera on the end in order to guide the doctor through the patient's body with a great amount of precision. This method reduces incision size as well as bleeding.

Following the path of the incision, the surgeon places the implants under the pectoral muscle. The incisions are then sutured and the surgery is complete. The implants are held in place by the overlying chest muscle or by sutures that are temporarily visible through the skin.

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How long does male pectoral implants take?

Pectoral implant surgery usually takes between one and two hours to complete.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Most pectoral implants are performed under general anesthesia.

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Where is the procedure performed?

Pectoral implant surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, in the surgeon's office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgery center or hospital.

When can I return home and resume normal activities?

You may be able to return home the same day. Full recovery from pectoral implant surgery can take as long as six weeks. However, most patients are able to resume all activities within a month.

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How do I prepare for male pectoral implants?

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance of your chest is a matter of personal perception and preference, you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during your recovery period.

Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete health history and physical. Your doctor may also discuss the different shapes and sizes of pectoral implants that are available. Your surgeon will help you pick out the one that is best for the shape and size of your muscles. The goal is an implant that will appear as natural and realistic as possible. Knowledge of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be given to you after the health history and physical is complete. Depending on your individual health status, the instructions may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.

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What precautions are necessary during recovery?

Aspirin should be avoided as it may promote bleeding and bruising. Smoking decreases the blood flow to the skin resulting in prolonged healing time. Therefore, smoking cessation during recovery is highly advised. Please ask your surgeon for after care instructions specific to your case, as these will assist you during your recovery period.

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What are the possible complications after male pectoral implants?

Unlike female breast implant surgery, pectoral implants do not carry the risk of breaking and/or leaking. The silicone implant used for men is soft but solid (not filled with liquid).

In some cases, extensive bleeding and infection may occur. Such side effects are fairly uncommon. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.

There is also a slight risk of implant displacement. If the implant moves or is not held in place correctly by the pectoral muscle, further surgery might be required. In extreme cases, the implant may need to be removed permanently.
Remember that, while pectoral implants affect the way that your chest muscles look, they do not affect the function. Movement and activity should not be restricted or hindered after full recovery. On the other hand, the silicone implants in no way add strength or power to the existing muscles.

No procedure is without risks; however, the majority of complications known to be associated with a pectoral implants are minor when the procedure is performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. It is always important to be informed about the possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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What results can I expect after male pectoral implants?

The amount of discomfort experienced varies from person to person, and depends on the method used. Soreness and bruising are common and should fade within a week. Surgeons will prescribe oral medication to alleviate the discomfort. In general, endoscopic pectoral implant procedures reduce bleeding and incision size resulting in less discomfort.

The results of pectoral implants are different for every individual. In some cases, pectoral implants can be combined with liposuction in order to create optimal results. The fat around the chest area may be removed before the implants are inserted. The combination of these two procedures can give the implants a greater amount of definition. Most people are highly satisfied with the desired appearance achieved by their pectoral implants.

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Choosing the right surgeon

To obtain further information regarding ear surgery, we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your area, simply fill out our Online Referral Form or call Toll Free 800.434.6760.


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