About Pectoral Implants
Pectoral implants, also known as pectoral augmentation or pec implants.
Pectoral implant surgery is a method that is used for improving chest shape and chest contour. Even with regular exercise some men are unable to achieve the chest definition that they desire.
A person may consider pectoral implants if their pectoral muscles are underdeveloped and make them feel self-conscious, if their chest is asymmetrical, if their chest is deformed from birth or from an accident, if they are athletic, but cannot get their pectoral muscles to the definition that they desire. Pectoral implants can be custom designed in order to achieve the specific shape that each patient wants for their chest.
Pectoral implants are made of solid silicone that is flexible, soft, and made to imitate the feel and look of actual muscle. Since these implants are not made of silicone gel or fluid, they will not tear or leak. The cost of pectoral implants generally varies depending on which cosmetic surgeon the patient decides to go with.
How is it performed?
Your surgeon will measure your chest and discuss the different size and shape of implant that are available during your consultation. Before the procedure you will either be heavily sedated or given general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will make a small incision in your arm pit (the axilla).Special surgical tools are then inserted through this incision and used to create a space in between your chest muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles). The implant is inserted and positioned within this pocket between the pectoralis muscles before the incisions are closed. After the procedure is complete, you may be placed in a compression garment to help minimize any swelling or implant shifting.
What are my options?
Made of relatively soft and flexible solid silicone, pectoral implants come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Because these implants are not made from silicone gel or fluid they can imitate the look and feel of muscle and will not leak or tear.
If you have chest asymmetry or traumatic deformities then custom implants can be created by manufacturers. Fat grafting to the chest is an alternative to pectoral implants which can enhance muscular contour in athletic patients, improve definition and volume in slim patients and produce a muscular shape in heavier patients.
What will my pectoral implants incisions and scars be like?
An incision of about two inches is made in the hair-bearing region of your arm pit area (the axilla). After the incisions heal the resulting scars should be barely visible and are easily concealed.
What result can I expect?
The results from pectoral implant surgery are long-lasting. For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it is important to return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you have any questions.
- 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.
- 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.
Immediately after surgery you will be stiff and sore and your chest muscles will feel tight. Your incisions will heal in around 14 days and your implant will be healed completely in about 6 weeks. Once the anaesthesia wears off you may experience some pain, bruising, swelling and redness. If you are unsure, you should contact your surgeon immediately to check that these are normal or signs of a problem.
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. This will usually include information about which compression garments to wear, how to take care of your drains, how to take any antibiotics or painkillers, if prescribed and the level of activity that is safe for you to undertake. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms and how to spot any signs of complications. It is important to realize everyone’s body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals.
Limits & Risks
Fortunately significant complications from pectoral implant surgery are infrequent. Your specific risks for pectoral implant will be discussed during your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
Some potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid 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.
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs