The chest is one of the most masculine features on a man. Having a solid and well-contoured chest can make you feel strong, confident, and secure in your appearance. If however, your chest does not look and feel the way you want it to, you may not feel as confident taking your shirt off in the coming summer months.
Some men find it incredibly difficult trying to achieve the upper body definition they desire. Even after putting in long hours training in the gym and isolating the appropriate muscles, there is a chance that the results you desire won’t show up in the ways you expect. In cases like these, plastic surgery becomes the only viable option.
Men who want to improve the shape of their chest can choose to utilize pectoral implants. This procedure can be used to improve the look of your chest region through the insertion of implants. Unlike the implants used in female breast augmentation, the implants used for this procedure are made from hard silicone.
The Pectoral Implant Procedure
Like any other plastic surgery procedure, getting pectoral implants will begin with a consultation. During your consultation you and your surgeon can carefully go through all the different options available. This includes the size and shape of the implants you desire. Your surgeon will also help you understand the potential possibilities provided by the procedure.
To begin, your surgeon will administer the proper anesthesia. He will then make a 2 inch incision along the axilla, the arm pit region. To accommodate the implant, surgical tools are inserted through the incision to create a pocket between the pectoralis minor and major muscle.
The pre-selected implant is then positioned between the two muscles and the incision will be closed using sutures or surgical tape. The procedure is repeated on the opposite side. A compression garment is used to temporarily hold the implant in place.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Pectoral implants are best used as the last option when training at the gym and maintaining a healthy diet fails. If you are conscious of under-developed chest muscles or want to improve the aesthetic appeal of your chest, pectoral implants are the best choice for you.
Pectoral implants can also be used as a corrective procedure to address any birth defects or chest asymmetry developed later on in life.
How to Prepare for a Pectoral Implant
There are a few instructions that you will need to follow in the time leading up to the surgery. These instructions will be given to you by your plastic surgeon, and may require you to quit smoking for a few weeks before and after the surgery, stop consuming medication and supplements that causes the blood to thin, and remain hydrated.
The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery, meaning you will be able to return home after the procedure is completed.
Recovering from Pectoral Implant
Depending on the instructions given to you by your surgeon, you can resume your normal daily routine with a few restrictions. You will need to take a break from strenuous activities, get an ample amount of rest, and receive help doing any task that may be too difficult to make sure you recover properly.
If drains are used, your surgeon will give specific information on aseptic cleaning and emptying practices.
Soon after the surgery, it is common to experience some tightness, swelling, and some discomfort in the chest region, but will subside as you heal. The post-surgical marks will heal and fade away in time as well.
Contact Our Office
Dr. Jaime Schwartz, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the body of their dreams with safe and effective plastic surgery procedures. If you’re in need of pectoral implants and want to learn more about the procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation.