Pectoral Implants: Pre- and Preoperative Considerations

Pectoral Implants: Pre - and Preoperative Considerations
More and more men who are unable to achieve the bulk they desire with even rigorous diet and exercise are turning to muscle implants. Genetics, growth defects, injury and other conditions can limit the growth of the pectoral muscles in men. Male pectoral implants are an ideal option to get the desired definition and muscularity in the chest area.

The procedure involves using these solid silicone chest implants to enhance the existing pectoral muscles in healthy men who:

  • Have underdeveloped pectoral muscles and want to improve them
  • Are athletic and want to enhance chest definition and contour
  • Have an asymmetrical chest or chest deformed from birth or because of an accident
  • Want a more defined muscular chest

It’s important to know what to expect before the surgery so that you are well prepared. When you request the procedure, your plastic surgeon will first make sure that you are in good health and can undergo this procedure without any complications. Prior to the day of your  actual surgery, you will have had a full consultation with your plastic surgeon. In addition to reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam to evaluate your fitness for the procedure, the surgeon will answer any questions you may have. Male pec implants come in different sizes and shapes. During your consultation, your surgeon will measure your chest and discuss the implants that are available and determine the best option for you.

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia on a outpatient basis in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based surgical suite. It usually takes about two hours to complete.

Things to expect on the day of surgery:

  • During this procedure, medications will be administered for your comfort.
  • Though general anesthesia is usually administered during pectoral implant procedure, local anesthesia or intravenous sedation may also be used in certain instances.
  • You will be monitored continuously during the procedure to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.

A reliable surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before surgery. After numbing the treated area, the surgeon will make an incision of about 2 inches in the armpit and create a pocket for the implant to be inserted under the pectoralis major muscle. After inserting the chest implants, the incision is closed and the same process repeated on the opposite side.

After the completion of procedure, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. You may be advised by your plastic surgeon to wear compression garment to help minimize swelling or implant shift. After a short observation period, assuming there were no complications, you will probably be allowed to go home.

The sutures will dissolve over time and during the healing process, the implant becomes surrounded by the scar tissue pocket, where it stays permanently. With minimal bleeding and discomfort, the procedure comes with a short recovery period. Patients can return to their routine activities within two weeks of the procedure but have to wait up to two months to resume exercises. Contact your surgeon if you experience any problems such as increased pain, soreness or redness in the area. Preparing well for pectoral implant surgery as well as proper post-operative care is crucial to promote smooth recovery and optimal results.

Choosing an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice and a reliable and experienced plastic surgeon who is specialized in the male pectoral implant procedure is necessary for safe treatment and attractive outcomes. A good surgeon will consider factors such as body type, symmetry, proportions and individual preferences and expectations to provide the best results. Evaluating before and after photos of previous patients who have had pectoral implant surgery in the practice will help you get an idea about the surgeon’s skills.