What is a body contouring implant?

Sometimes certain areas of the body will be underdeveloped. Sometimes no matter how often you go to the gym or how much supplements and protein you take, the areas of your body will not get bigger, making them appear out of proportion. An option to resolve this is body contouring implants.

Body contouring implants allow you to have a more defined, toned, in-proportion body without the need for excessive workouts.

The procedure involves inserting a custom-made implant into the chosen area of the body.

So where can I have a body contouring implant?

Pectoral

For those seeking a substantial lift to their chest muscles, a pectoral implant is often a desirable solution.

The pectoral implant procedure takes approximately two hours to complete and is performed under a general anaesthetic. The procedure involves creating an incision at the axilla,  where a tissue pocket is created between the pectoralis muscle and the rib cage. The silicone implant is then placed in this pocket. The incision is then stitched with a multilayer closer.

After the procedure, the patient will be provided with a garment to wear to help with any swelling and pain experienced. It is normal to experience pain or discomfort after the surgery, and the pectoral area will take about six weeks to heal. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with instructions which will help the recovery process.

Chest wall

Centre for Surgery is one of the few clinics in the UK that offers chest wall implants. Centre for Surgery specialises in Pectus Excavatum treatment, as well as Poland Syndrome treatment.

Pectus Excavatum

Pectus Excavatum is a deformity of the thorax that makes a visible depression of the sternum. Treatment involves correcting the shape of the bone in the middle of the chest using thoracic custom-made implants with CAD technology. Using 3D implants ensures the procedure is quick, easy, and complications can be avoided.

Poland Syndrome

Poland Syndrome is the complete or partial absence of the pectoral muscle and can be seen by the asymmetry in the chest. Implants are often seen as an attractive solution. Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and can take one to two hours. The surgeon will fill in the missing muscle area with a custom-made implant. While it is not compulsory, a follow-up surgery can be had where patients can have their own fat tissue injected into the area for a fuller appearance. Stitches used will be dissolvable, and as such will not have to be removed after surgery.

After the procedure, surgeons will monitor your progress for about three days. You will be required to rest for 15 days and must avoid sport for three months. Surgeons will be able to help with any pain management needed after surgery.

Calf implants

Calf implants allow underdeveloped calves to have more shape and tone, and to appear more in proportion to the other areas of the body.

Calf augmentation with implants uses a local anaesthetic and takes approximately one hour to complete. Surgeons will make an incision in the crease behind the knee, which the implants are then inserted into, and will sit above the muscle on the calf.

This procedure will allow your calves to be in harmony with the other areas of your body, particularly your knees and ankles. You will have natural looking calves that have more definition and tone than before the procedure.

What is the difference between a body contouring implant and fat transfers?

There are numerous distinct differences between the body contouring implants and fat transfers. These include:

  • Fat transfers involve the use of liposuction extract fat from a donor area, which is then transferred back into the chosen areas of the body. Meanwhile, body contouring implants involve inserting the foreign object into the body to increase the size and shape.
  • Body contouring implants will not shrink in size over time. With fat transfers, a percentage of the fat will be absorbed by your body. Meanwhile, an implant will always stay the same size, so you do not have to worry about a reduction in the result size.
  • Fat transfers are more suitable for those who have enough fat to transfer, as well as those who do not want a foreign object implanted in their body.
  • Fat transfers will not be able to achieve as dramatic results as you can achieve with body contouring implants.

Interested in a body contouring implant or fat transfers? Centre for Surgery current offers body contouring implants, as well as fat transfers to the calf, buttocks, breasts and face. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation.

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