Pectoral Implants(Pectoral augmentation or Pec implants)
Even with frequent exercise, some men find that they are unable to achieve the chest definition that they desire. Pectoral implant surgery is a method for improving chest contour. This procedure has become a popular option, particularly for men who are athletic or go to the gym and want to be able
to show off their more sculpted, masculine chests.
When to Consider Pectoral Implants
– If your under-developed pectoral muscles make you feel self-conscious
– If you are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
– If your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident
– Will improve chest contour and the look of muscle thickness or bulk
– Implants can be custom designed to provide a specific shape to your chest
– Increased self-confidence with your augmented “pecs”
– Implants will not improve the definition of your pectoral muscles
– Implants may yield unnatural, feminine results
– Asymmetry may occur if implants move or are displaced
Are you a good candidate for pectoral implants?
– You have under-developed pectoral muscles that have not been increased through weight lifting and exercise
– You are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
– Your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
How is a pectoral implants procedure performed?
– During your consultation, your surgeon will measure your chest and discuss the different size and shape implants that are available.
– You will be given general anesthesia or be heavily sedated before the procedure begins.
– A small incision (approximately two inches in length) is made in the hair-bearing region of your arm pit (the axilla).
– Special surgical tools are inserted through the incision and is used to create a pocket, or space, in between your pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles (chest muscles).
– The selected implant, based on measurements made prior to surgery, is inserted and positioned between the pectoralis muscles.
– The incision is closed and the procedure is repeated on the opposite side.
– After the procedure is complete, a compression garment may be placed to help minimize swelling or implant shift.
How do I prepare for a pectoral implants procedure?
– Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
– Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications can cause increased bleeding
– Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Immediately after your pectoral implant surgery
Immediately after surgery your chest muscles may feel tight, and you will be sore and stiff. Your incisions will heal in approximately 14 days and the implant healing will be complete in about 6 weeks.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. If the pain is extreme or long-lasting, contact your physician. You will also have some redness and swelling after the surgery. Contact your surgeon to find out if your pain, redness, and swelling are normal or a sign of a problem.
Recovery time frame after pectoral implants It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about wearing compression garments, care of your drains, taking an antibiotic if prescribed and the level and type of activity that is safe. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The results from pectoral implant surgery are long-lasting.
Limitations and Risks
– Adverse reaction to anesthesia
– Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal)
– Infection and bleeding
– Changes in sensation
– Allergic reactions
– Damage to underlying structures
– Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Other risks specific to pectoral implant are outlined below:
– Movement of the implants
– Numbness in your chest or upper arm
– Muscle spasms