About Pectoral Augmentation
With today’s pressures to balance work and lifestyle, it isn’t easy to develop the muscle contour one desires, even after frequent exercise. Simply stated, men sometimes find that they are still unable to achieve the chest development that they strive for.
Some body types do not achieve chest muscle tone and definition as easily as others. Even with exercise, some men will not be able to see the desired results simply from working out the chest area. Pectoral implants shape, enlarge, and firm the chest muscles, helping one attain the look they want while still allowing a natural appearance when the pectoral muscles are either flexed or relaxed.
In other instances, underdevelopment of the muscles in the chest can be a result of a growth defect or injury e.g. polands syndrome, pectus excavatum.
In these instances, pectoral implants can create or recreate a natural looking chest area. Like many other cosmetic enhancements, this procedure gives men a chance to aesthetically enhance an area of the body through surgery when no other alternatives are available or desirable.
During your consultation, Dr Briggs will discuss with you the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations.
He will also discuss the different shapes and sizes of pectoral implants that are available. Some patients may choose pre-shaped implants. Others, especially those with an accident or birth defect, may have a custom implant made. It generally takes 6-8 weeks to create the implant based on imaging taken of the chest area.
Your surgeon will help you pick out the one that is best for the shape and size of your muscles. The goal is an implant that will appear as natural and realistic as possible. Be sure to tell the surgeon if you have had previous implant surgery, if you smoke, or if you take any drugs or medications, including aspirin, and if you have a tendency to form large scars or keloids.
Your Operation – What to Expect
An incision is made in the armpit and a pocket is created in the fascia of the upper pectoral muscle. Once the implant pocket is created, a soft, solid silicone implant is inserted into the pocket and it is secured with a few small self-dissolving sutures. The external incision is closed, and a very small dressing is placed under the arms to promote rapid healing. You will be able to see the change to the pectoral area immediately after surgery.
Most people are pleased with the results of pectoral implants. The implants themselves are designed to last a lifetime. Barring significant complications, secondary surgery is rarely needed. The results of pectoral are different for every individual.
After Your Surgery
Patients who undergo pectoral implant surgery usually experience mild to moderate amount of pain in the days following the procedure. Soreness and bruising are common and should fade within a week or so. You will be prescribed oral medication to lessen the pain. Aspirin should be avoided as it may promote more bleeding and bruising. By the second week after the procedure, most individuals will be able to resume normal, everyday activities, however will be restricted from excessive exercise for up to 6 weeks.
During the recovery period, you will be instructed not to lift your arms after surgery. When the dressings are removed you will be told to follow a gentle exercise program for the next few weeks to permit a full and comfortable range of motion of the arms. This allows the pec implants to settle into the fascia pockets that surround the muscle. Generally within a week or two, physical use of the upper body muscles may be resumed and within six weeks, full pectoral muscular activity may be recommenced.
More to Consider
Complications are usually minor when a pectoral implant surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. In some cases, extensive bleeding or infection may occur. Such side effects are fairly uncommon.
There is also a slight risk of implant displacement. If the implant moves or is not held in place correctly by the pectoral muscle, further surgery may be required. In extreme cases, the implant may need to be removed permanently.
You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.
Remember that, while pectoral implants affect the way that your chest muscles look, they do not affect the function. Movement and activity should not be restricted or hindered after full recovery. On the other hand, the silicone implants in no way add strength or power to the existing muscles.