What are Pec Implants?
Male chest implants, also known as pec implants, are devices that are used to improve the bulk and projection of muscles in the male chest. In some cases, the implants are used as a means of restoring the natural contours of the chest after surgery. The implants are also used as a means of pectoral augmentation, helping to enhance the appearance of the existing pectoral muscles.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Pec Implant Surgery?
If you are considering pec implants, you will make a good candidate if you:
- have realistic expectations about what the pec implant procedure can do for you
- are in good health, emotionally stable and do not have any pre-existing medical conditions
- you are not obese, and must have maintained a stable weight for several months
- are 18-years-old, or older, and fully understand the pec implant procedure
Initial Consultation for Pec Implants
A personal consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery is the very first step if you are considering the pec implant procedure.
During the consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Liland will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your expectations regarding the pec implant procedure, and the likely outcomes of the procedure.
You will be able to ask questions, and discuss the available options, and risks involved with the pec implant procedure.
At Park Cities Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Liland will show you several pre and post-op photos of pec implants.
Pec Implants: The Procedure
When pec implants are being inserted as a means of enhancing the overall appearance of the chest, they are inserted underneath the pectoral muscles. This causes the muscles to appear more pronounced on the chest.
Men sometimes undergo the insertion of pec implants in order to restore a natural appearance to the chest. This is often the case when an accident or disease has caused sufficient damage to the pectoral muscles, making it necessary to remove all or part of the musculature from the chest. While the implants do not have exactly the same definition as the muscles themselves, they can help to balance out the appearance of the chest, helping the male be less self-conscious.
The surgery itself involves making a small incision just under the armpit and pectoral muscles. Unlike breast augmentation surgery for women, the muscles are not separated from the attachments to the breastbone or rib cage during male implant surgery. As long as there is an area large enough to accommodate the pec implants can be created, it is possible to slide the device into position, and allow the muscles to settle on top of the implants.
Pre & Post-Op Tips for Pec Implants
- Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, vitamin E, weight loss medication, or Chinese herbs for two weeks prior to surgery. A complete drug list will be provided on your pre-op appointment date.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You CAN NOT take a taxi home. You must arrange for an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the pec implant procedure.
- Do not smoke for at least four weeks prior to the surgery.
- Keep head elevated on several pillows to minimize swelling.
- Apply cold to decrease bruising and swelling for the first two days. (Try frozen peas.)
- Driving is permitted after a few days, if not taking pain medications.
- Avoid heavy lifting, straining, or bending over, for two weeks.
- You may resume all normal activities after four weeks of the pec implant procedure.
Specific recommendations will be discussed when you arrive for your consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery in Dallas.