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Pectoral augmentation (Chest implants)

What is the Pectoral augmentation (chest implants)?

Sometimes it is not easy to develop muscle contour one desires, even after frequent exercise, and men often find that they are still unable to achieve the chest development that they strive for. Pectoral implants shape, enlarge and firm the chest muscles, helping the persons attain the look they want while still allowing a natural appearance when the pectoral muscles are either flexed or relaxed. The implants are placed under the pectoral major muscle and what you see and feel is the person's own pectoral major muscle.

The implants are made in various sizes out of a very soft, but solid silicone rubber and cannot leak or break.

What is the procedure?

Pectoral implants are usually done as outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. The average time in the operating room is about 2 hours. An incision of about 2 inches is made in the arm pit and a pocket to receive the implant is developed under the pectoralis major muscle. In most cases, the implant should fit completely under the existing muscle. After the incision is closed with several layers of suture, long acting local anesthetic is instilled into the pocket with the implant to control pain and the patient is fitted with an elastic compression vest to minimize swelling or implant shift. The patient is then moved to the post anesthesia recovery room for a short time before being allowed to go home.

What kind of result can you expect?

Results are visible directly after surgery, although it takes some time to realize the final end results, as some swelling will need to recede.

The result of pectoral augmentation is a much firmer, more powerful-appearing chest. In addition to bringing about physical changes, this procedure can also greatly enhance the self-confidence of male patients. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the result is a naturally athletic appearance with a well-proportioned torso.

Recovery period and recommendations

During the recovery period, the patient is instructed not to lift their arms after surgery. When the dressings are removed the patient is told to follow a gentle exercise program for the next few weeks to permit a full and comfortable range of motion of the arms. This allows the pectoral implants to settle into the fascia pockets that surround the muscle. Generally within a week or two, physical use of the upper body muscles may be resumed and within one month, full pectoral muscular activity may be recommenced.

Possible side effects and complications

Complications are possible with any surgical procedure. Most complications of cosmetic surgery procedures are not surgical errors but healing complications that are frequently the results of hematoma (bleeding), seroma (collection of tissue fluid), delayed wound healing, implant dislocation due to excessive early activity, or undesirable results due to miscommunication between doctor and patient (too large, too small, wrong shape).

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