Also known as pectoral augmentation or pec implants
Even with frequent exercise, some men find that they are unable to achieve the chest definition that they desire. Pectoral implant surgery is a method for improving chest contour. This procedure has become a popular option, particularly for men who are athletic or go to the gym and want to be able to show off their more sculpted, masculine chests.
When to Consider Pectoral Implants
- If your under-developed pectoral muscles make you feel self-conscious
- If you are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
- If your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident
- Will improve chest contour and the look of muscle thickness or bulk
- Implants can be custom designed to provide a specific shape to your chest
- Increased self-confidence with your augmented “pecs”
- Implants will not improve the definition of your pectoral muscles
- Implants may yield unnatural, feminine results
- Asymmetry may occur if implants move or are displaced
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering pectoral implants. If you want to focus on those specifically unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.
Are you a good candidate for pectoral implants?
Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider pectoral implants:
- You have under-developed pectoral muscles that have not been increased through weight lifting and exercise
- You are athletic and wish to improve your chest contour
- Your chest is asymmetrical or otherwise deformed from birth or by an accident
If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Detailed Procedural Info
How is a pectoral implants procedure performed?
- During your consultation, your surgeon will measure your chest and discuss the different size and shape implants that are available.
- You will be given general anesthesia or be heavily sedated before the procedure begins.
- A small incision (approximately two inches in length) is made in the hair-bearing region of your arm pit (the axilla).
- Special surgical tools are inserted through the incision and is used to create a pocket, or space, in between your pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles (chest muscles).
- The selected implant, based on measurements made prior to surgery, is inserted and positioned between the pectoralis muscles.
- The incision is closed and the procedure is repeated on the opposite side.
- After the procedure is complete, a compression garment may be placed to help minimize swelling or implant shift.
What are my options?
Pectoral implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Made of solid silicone that is relatively soft and flexible, these implants imitate the look and feel of muscle. Because they are not made from silicone gel or fluid, they will not leak or tear. If you have chest asymmetry or traumatic deformities, custom implants can be created by manufacturers.
Fat grafting to the chest is an alternative to pectoral implants; it can enhance definition and volume in slim patients, improve the muscular contour in athletic patients, and provide a muscular shape in heavier patients. (See section on Fat Transfer).
What will my pectoral implants incisions and scars be like?
Most commonly an incision of about two inches is made in the hair-bearing region of your arm pit area (the axilla). After the incisions heal, the resulting scars should be barely visible and are easily concealed.