While some men are able to enhance their chest muscles at the gym or by taking supplements, sometimes this will not achieve the results you desire. In these instances, you may wish to consider pectoral implants.
Implants will allow you to achieve a chiselled, more defined and toned pectoral area in a shorter amount of time. Unlike results you may achieve at the gym, the pectoral implants will never reduce in size, and you will be able to maintain a toned physique.
AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: ClearSleep
Procedure time: 2-3 hours
Recovery time: 1 week
Male pectoral implants are often considered a necessity for men whose chest appearance has changed due to ageing or changes in their weight. These factors can cause the appearance of the chest to alter and to appear saggy. In some cases, men just find it difficult to gain muscle through working out and an improved diet. Men may even have underdeveloped muscles due to a birth defect or an injury. In these instances, male pectoral implants may be the best solution.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with male pectoral implants
You will be a good patient for male pectoral implants if you are:
- Over 18 years old
- Do not smoke
- Want to improve your image and self-esteem
- Have good physical and mental health
- Are unhappy with how your chest looks and want more muscle definition
Before surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake for the procedure. The procedure will take about two hours to complete.
The surgeon will make a small incision in the armpit. The placement of this incision means the scarring will be less visible. Next, a pocket is made in the tissue between the pectoral muscle and rib cage.
The custom-made silicone implant is then inserted into this pocket. Both the skin and muscles will then be stitched shut. You will then have pectoral muscles that are much more defined and larger while looking and feeling natural.
As this is a day surgery, you will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Following the procedure, it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort. You will be able to manage this with pain medication which will help to alleviate any discomfort.
You will be provided with a compression garment, which will help to reduce any swelling and speed up recovery time.
You will need to stop smoking during the recovery period to avoid an increased risk of wound breakdown and infection.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first week, especially anything that involves the use of your arms. While the site of the incision will take about two weeks to heal, the pectoral implant area will take about six weeks.
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Am I an ideal candidate for male pectoral implants?
A good candidate must have good overall health and realistic expectations of the results they can achieve. You could:
- Have an undeveloped chest and are unable to achieve a larger or more defined chest with diet and exercise alone.
- Have a sunken chest (pectus deformity)
- Have an absent pectoral muscle (Poland’s Syndrome)
How is the male pectoral implants performed?
An incision of about 3cm is made in the axilla, and a tissue pocket is made between the pectoralis major muscle and the rib cage. A custom silicone implant is placed in the pocket, providing a natural look and feel to the pectoral muscles. Fine stitches are then used to create a closure on the skin and muscles to keep the implants in place.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, and takes about 2 hours for completion.
What is the recovery period like?
After the procedure, there will be some discomfort because of the muscle dissection and you can take pain medication to ease it. You should limit your physical activity for the first week to ensure speedy recovery. It may take up to 6 weeks for the area where the pectoral implants were placed to heal completely.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?
A compression garment is then applied to provide comfort and reduce swelling, which you will have to wear for the first few weeks.
Will I have scars after the surgery?
The incisions are made in the natural creases of your skin and therefore scarring is minimal, which will heal over time.
What are the risks associated with male pectoral implants?
The most common risks include surgical infection, bleeding and scarring. Other possible complications can be discussed during your consultation.
If I am unhappy with the results, when can I have my revision surgery?
It is ideally recommended not to have any further work done for 12-18 months so that favorable outcome can be achieved after a revision surgery. However, the waiting period between your first and revision surgery can be carefully decided by you and your surgeon by looking at the result that was achieved and your expectation.
Can I get fat transfer instead of implants?
No. Fat transfer works well for small areas, but not larger areas.
Will I have to stay overnight?
You will not need to stay overnight. Once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, you will be able to return home, the same day as the procedure.
When can I start exercising again?
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity – especially anything involving your arms – for at least the first-week post-op.