Pectoral Implants

Pectoral implants are a plastic surgery procedure to enhance the definition and appearance of the chest muscles through pec implants.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

6 weeks








$3800 - $8500

The Specifics

What are pectoral implants?

Pectoral implants are a plastic surgery procedure performed in men to enhance chest muscle definition and volume. The process is similar to breast implants in females. Synthetic implants placed beneath the pectoralis muscle are typically made of solid silicone gel to imitate the look and feel of natural muscle. Implant surgery can be combined with a fat transfer cosmetic surgery to create even more natural results.

What cosmetic concerns does a pectoral implants procedure treat?

  1. Male Chest Definition: Highly customizable implants allow for specific and precise enhancements to the size, shape, and contours of the chest.

Who is the ideal candidate for a pectoral implants procedure?

The ideal candidate for a pectoral implants procedure are male patients with under-developed pectoral muscle despite consistent exercise, chest asymmetry, or deformity. Pectoral implants are not recommended for those who are not at a stable and/or healthy weight.

What is the average recovery associated with a pectoral implants procedure?

Most patients experience a few weeks of recovery time following a pectoral implants procedure. Drains will be removed after one to two weeks, but a compression garment will be worn for four weeks. Most swelling resolves within one month. Candidates typically resume non manual labor work and normal activities within one week. Exercise, especially weight lifting, will be limited for up to 12 weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a pectoral implants procedure?

Possible side effects following a pectoral implants procedure include asymmetry, changes in sensation, bleeding, swelling, adverse reaction, infection, and muscle spasms.

What can someone expect from the results of a pectoral implants procedure?

The results of pectoral implants are immediately noticeable and permanent, however, they will finalize over three months as swelling subsides. The individual results will be affected by weight gain or steroid use.

What is the average cost of a pectoral implants procedure?

Pectoral implants can cost anywhere from $3,800 to $8,500. The actual cost of pectoral implants is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Permanent
  • Improved Self Confidence
  • Natural Feel


  • Possible Implant Movement
  • Possible Asymmetry

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Pectoral implants are designed to enhance the shape and definition of the chest for a more muscular appearance. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a pectoral implant procedure.

The Takeaway

Pectoral implant surgery is a cosmetic surgery to enhance the appearance of the chest muscles through solid silicone implants into the pectoral muscles.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Staff Breast Reconstruction with Implants


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