Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
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 by 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:
Before surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake for the procedure. The general anaesthetic is used exclusively by Centre for Surgery and is known as ClearSleep™. 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.
A good candidate must have good overall health and realistic expectations of the results they can achieve. You could:
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.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, and takes about 2 hours for completion.
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 six weeks for the area where the pectoral implants were placed to heal completely.
A compression garment is then applied to provide comfort and reduce swelling, which you will have to wear for the first few weeks.
The incisions are made in the natural creases of your skin and therefore scarring is minimal, which will heal over time.
The most common risks include surgical infection, bleeding and scarring. Other possible complications can be discussed during your consultation.
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.
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