How pectoral implants can improve the shape and size of your chest

By October 6, 2017 December 19th, 2017 Plastic Surgeons, Procedures
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You can’t help but notice the billboard, which is advertising aftershave. The shirtless guy has the exact shaped chest you’ve always wanted.

But despite the years of bench-presses, hundreds of push-ups and healthy eating  – your chest looks the same!

Normally it doesn’t upset you, but with the weather warming up, for once you’d like to be able to take your shirt off at the beach without worrying about what you look like. You’re not alone feeling upset about the shape and size of your chest muscles. Even with frequent exercise and weight training, a lot of men are unable to achieve the chest shape and size they want.

So what’s the solution? Pectoral implants can increase the size of the chest area to give the appearance of a stronger, more defined chest. This surgical procedure corrects asymmetries while adding definition, shape and size to the chest area.

Why do men get pectoral implant surgery?

Men who undergo pectoral implant surgery do so for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

Suitable candidates for pectoral implant procedures usually have the following problems:

  • They have irregular or asymmetrical pectoral muscles
  • They are unable to develop the size and shape of pectoral muscles they desire because of their body type or for genetic reasons
  • They have a congenital condition including Spina Bifida, Marfan’s Syndrome, Pectus Recurvatum, Pectus Canaritum (also known as pigeon breast) and Pectus Excavatum (also called funnel breast)
  • They dislike intense body-building exercises and/or these type of exercises have not increased the size of their chest muscles
  • They feel self conscious about their pectoral muscles
  • They have suffered an accident or injury in the chest area that has damaged the pectoral muscles

What happens during pectoral implant surgery?

Usually performed as day surgery, pectoral implant surgery generally takes between 1 to 2 hours. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make an incision high in the armpit to make a pocket on top of the ribs and beneath the chest muscle.

A soft, solid silicone implant will be cut to specifically fit you and is inserted into this pocket via an endoscope. To ensure a good fit and natural movement, the pectoral implant will be placed beneath your existing pectoral muscles. You will be able to see the results immediately after the surgery.

Are there are risks or complications with pectoral implant surgery?

It is important to note that any surgical operation brings complications of anaesthesia. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise how to minimise or avoid any risks or complications with pectoral implant surgery. One of the best ways to reduce risks and complications is to select a fully qualified Cosmetic Surgeon with formal training in pectoral implant surgery. It is important that they have performed this procedure many times.

While pectoral implant patients rarely have complications, some patients can experience implant displacement. The pectoral implants are composed of solid silicone and will usually not break, however if they shift or become displaced, the chest area will look asymmetrical. If this rare complication occurs, corrective surgery is necessary.

Read more about the risks and complications of pectoral implant surgery here.

What is the recovery like after pectoral implant surgery?

After pectoral implant surgery, most patients will experience mild to moderate pain after surgery, which can be managed with medication. Swelling and bruising is common and this will resolve itself 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you how much time you will need to take off from work.

Following pectoral implant surgery, you will have a bandage, fitted on your chest area that needs to be worn for 7 days. To aid healing and recovery, some patients may need to wear a compression garment.

During the first 2 weeks of recovery, it is important to note that you must avoid lifting your arms. After the surgical dressings have been removed, your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise what type of activities you can resume. To ensure your pectoral implants settle properly, it is important to follow any exercise regime your Cosmetic Surgeon gives you. Most pectoral implant patients resume full pectoral muscle activities one month after their surgery.

Essential facts you must know about pectoral implants

Cosmetic Surgeons use pectoral implants to enhance chest muscles, correct congenital deformities, or improving asymmetries. A pectoral implant is shaped like the chest muscle and is solid but soft and flexible so it feels like a natural chest muscle. To suit all sizes of chest, pectoral implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While pectoral implants will make you look stronger and more defined in your chest, they will not strengthen the muscles.

It is important to note that breast implants and pectoral implants are not the same. Pectoral implants are composed of solid silicone that will not rupture, break or fall apart. Breast implants have an outer silicone shell that have a limited lifespan. Patients who have breast implants will need to have revision breast implant surgery one day.

How to find the best Australian Cosmetic Surgeons for pectoral implants

It is very important that you take the time to choose a Cosmetic Surgeon who has extensive experience and training with pectoral implant surgery. Pectoral implant surgery is a unique surgical procedure that requires excellent surgical aesthetic skills. This is why it is very important to choose a Cosmetic Surgeon who performs pectoral implant surgery on a regular basis. It is a good idea to ask to see before and after case-study photos of chest implants.

We suggest that you make a shortlist of Cosmetic Surgeons and have initial consultations with them. You can find the best Australian Pectoral Implant Cosmetic Surgeons here. Having realistic expectations about pectoral implant surgery is vital. It is important to note that while this procedure is usually effective and safe, there are risks and complications associated with it.

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