Pectoral implants are designed to enhance the shape and definition of the chest for a more muscular appearance. Pectoral implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes but can also be custom made to the individual so they appear more natural.
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About the Procedure
Much like breast implants, pectoral implants augment and define the contours of the chest. For men who are unsatisfied with the size of their chest or have a chest deformity, implants can be used to improve the appearance of the pectoral muscles. Chest implants are typically made of a solid silicone gel material that is relatively soft and flexible to imitate the look and feel of muscle. Incisions are well hidden either within the hair-bearing region of the underarm or at the border of the areola. Implants are placed beneath the pectorals major muscle for the most natural result. Before surgery, the chest area will be cleansed and anesthetized. Either general or local anesthesia with sedation is used to ensure patient comfort throughout the entire procedure. An incision will be made either within the underarm or at the border of the areola. A pocket will be made for the implant, ensuring proper placement and stability. Once the implant is in place the incision will be closed with sutures. Some patients will also have fat grafting done at the same time as a pectoral implant for a more natural appearance to the chest. Drainage tubes may be inserted to make sure fluid does not build up within the chest. Patients will be required to wear a compression vest for several weeks to reduce swelling. Results are noticeable immediately after treatment and final results are determined after a few months postoperatively.
The goal of a pectoral augmentation procedure is to define the chest muscles or fix asymmetries in the chest.
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.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 2 weeks before
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the procedure
- No alcohol 1 week prior
- Chest will be cleansed and anesthetized
- Incision will be made either within the underarm or at the border of the areola
- Pocket will be made underneath the muscle for implant placement
- Implant inserted
- Drains inserted for fluid collection
- Incisions closed with sutures
- Compression garment applied
Most patients will experience sore, tight, or stiff chest muscles after surgery. Patients will be dressed in a support garment after the procedure which should be worn constantly for 1-2 weeks. Some doctors require compression garments to be worn for up to 8 weeks, although may only require nighttime wear after a month. Most swelling will resolve within 1 month however some patients may experience swelling for several months.
The ideal candidate for pectoral implants has under-developed pectoral muscles that make them feel self-conscious, is athletic and wishes to improve chest contour, or has a chest that is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident.
Not Recommended For
Pectoral implants are generally not recommended for patients who are not at a stable, healthy weight.
Side effects from pectoral implants may include movement of the implant, asymmetry, numbness in the chest or upper arms, and muscle spasms.