Pectoral augmentation is the pec implant procedure for male chest enhancement

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Male Chest Augmentation (Pec Implants)

What is Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants)?

Pectoral implants are really the male equivalent of female breast implants. The intention of the operation is to enhance the appearance of the male chest muscles by placing solid silicone implants on top of the pectoral muscles and beneath the skin. These chest muscles are often referred to as pecs or pec muscles and are the muscles that normally bulk up and increase in mass when a male exercises. The main difference between a pectoral augmentation and a breast augmentation is that muscle is not separated from its attachments to the rib cage or breast bone as they are during a breast implant procedure, so in this regard it is a considerably less surgically invasive operation.
 

The Need for Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants)

Pectoral augmentation is usually demanded by men who work out and can’t seem to increase their pec muscles, or by men who don’t have the time to work out. It is also a procedure that is very popular with body builders.

One thing that is very important to understand about a pectoral augmentation (sometimes referred to simply as pec implants) is that although they will add some mass to your chest they cannot transform you into a muscle man. As many individuals have found out the hard way, pec implants don’t add definition to your muscles, only bulk. The only way to add more definition to your muscles is to exercise your upper body using weights on a regular basis.

Although many men are inclined to try and bulk up for the surgery so that their chest looks even bigger afterwards, most plastic surgeons will advise you to stop working out completely for two weeks before the surgery. This prevents muscles, that may be torn or sore from working out, from being even more traumatized after the surgery.

Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants) – Procedure

Depending on the male’s tolerance to pain and the size of the implants, the pectoral augmentation may be performed under light sedation or general anesthesia. Most plastic surgeons recommend general anesthesia, as sometimes the sight of plastic surgery being performed is too grisly for the average person.

In male pectoral implants surgery, after you are sedated, the plastic surgeon makes a tiny incision in your armpit and threads an endoscope through this incision to create a cavity beneath your pectoralis muscle. A solid implant made of silicone is then slid through into this cavity, the endoscope removed and the cavity stitched up.

In male pectoral implants surgery, after you are sedated, the plastic surgeon makes a tiny incision in your armpit and threads an endoscope through this incision to create a cavity beneath your pectoralis muscle. A solid implant made of silicone is then slid through into this cavity, the endoscope removed and the cavity stitched up.

If you are wary of silicone implants then this type of plastic surgery may not be for you as pectoral implants are not made of saline or any other type of material. Keep in mind that there is no liquid component to pectoral implants so there is no danger of them bursting and leaking fluid into the chest cavity as was so often sadly the case with soft silicone breast implants used on women in the seventies and eighties.

Male chest implantation qualifies as an outpatient procedure and it usually only takes about an hour to accomplish. Most patients are allowed to go home the same day. Any dressing or sutures from the procedure can be removed within two to three days. The scar, which is usually hidden in the underarm anyway, typically disappears after about a month.

Although you may be eager to add definition to your new pectoral implants, you will not be allowed to lift weights or perform heavy exercise for at least four weeks after the surgery.

Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants) – Complications

Like any type of plastic surgery, pectoral augmentation can go wrong. The most common problem with pec implants is displacement. Most implants will displace a millimeter or two naturally after surgery, but the surgery may have to be redone if the implant manages to migrate up to the collarbone or beneath the armpit.

Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants) – Aftercare

It is also very important to take care of your health and follow postoperative instructions to the letter after receiving chest implants. This is because an infection of a pec implant can result in blood, lung, lymph and heart infections as well. If your pectoral implants seem asymmetrical or seem to be migrating this may be an indication that they are infected. Most men who receive chest implants are not considered to be out of the woods with regards to pectoral post-operative infection until after two months. After that the chances of getting an infection from the implants is less than one percent.

Pectoral Augmentation (Pec Implants) – Side Effects

Other reported side effects are the ones most commonly associated with any type of plastic surgery. These include the development of a hematoma (blood pooling around the implant) or seroma (pus and other bodily fluids collecting around the implant.) In both cases an operation may be necessary to drain the excess bodily fluids away from the insert.

A very common side effect of the surgery, which often disappears after a few weeks, is numbness of the upper arm. This is due to nerves being traumatized during the surgery, but the good news is that feeling in this area usually returns. If not, it may be a side effect that you might have to live with as a result of having this type of plastic surgery.

Although complications after this type of cosmetic surgery do exist the best way to avoid them is to pick a reputable plastic surgeon and to make sure that you do not traumatize or displace the implants by exercising too soon after the procedure.