The Pec Implant Procedure
Pec implant surgery is usually conducted under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia or sedation may be used in some circumstances. Incisions are made in the crease of the armpit. The surgeon then creates a pocket under each pectoral muscle large enough to place the pec implants. Once the implants have been placed, the surgeon carefully checks for symmetry and makes any final adjustments. The incision is then closed with sutures, and a compression garment is applied over the treated area. If desired, the surgeon can perform liposuction or other body contouring options along with the placement of pectoral implants to create a more dramatic aesthetic enhancement. Patients generally experience mild to moderate discomfort post-operatively which is usually controlled with pain medication. Typically routine activities can be resumed within two weeks of the procedure while exercise should be delayed for about two months.
Risks and Limitations
Bleeding from the cut tissues, leading to bruising and possible accumulations of blood under the skin, is unavoidable in any surgery. It is due to the great skill of today’s surgeons that these problems are rare. Complications are usually minor when a pectoral implant surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
Unlike female breast implant surgery, pectoral implants do not carry the risk of breaking and/or leaking. The silicone implant used for men is soft but solid (not filled with liquid).
In some cases, extensive bleeding and infection may occur. Such side effects are fairly uncommon. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
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.
Important note: Cigarette smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and tissues, increasing the risk of poor healing, and skin sloughing, scabbing or crusting. Smoking may lead to permanent scarring as well.