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
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
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.
How long does male pectoral implants
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
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
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.
How do I prepare for male pectoral
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.
What precautions are necessary during
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.
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
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
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.
What results can I expect after male
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
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
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