Male chest implants commonly referred to as breast implants for men or pectoral implants are becoming popular to enhance the appearance of the chest by projecting pectoral muscle for those individuals who aren’t able to achieve the chest development and when the traditional method of exercise cannot create a desired result. With increasing demand, it’s no surprise that this procedure become a growing trend.
Pectoral implants like female breast implants are relatively soft, flexible and durable. It is placed directly beneath your pectoral muscle. This allows for more definition in muscles over the implant and a natural, even and symmetrical chest area. Silicone has come under fire since the early 1990’s because of the silicone gel used in breast implants which were alleged to have caused autoimmune disease in some women but studies have proven that silicone does not cause diseases of any kind.
Who is a candidate of this procedure?
The best candidates for the surgery are those healthy and physically fit men who cannot achieve desired results through regular exercise. This is also an option which bodybuilders are using to add size and shape to their chest when the traditional method of bodybuilding/weightlifting cannot produce results.
What happens at the consultation?
During the consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss different options available to you, the procedure, risk and potential complications of the procedure as well as the limitations. The surgeon will also evaluate your medical health history and explain techniques suitable for you. You should express your desires and expectations for the surgical procedure.
What are the risks?
Most potential complications are not surgical errors rather healing complications that are frequently the result of hematoma (bleeding), excess swelling, collection of tissue fluids, delayed wound healing, infection, or implant displacement due to strenuous activities. Therefore the patient needs to be careful with his/her daily activities after the surgery.
- Consultation with the surgeon.
- Evaluation of medical health history
- ECG and blood test will be taken
- Certain medicines like anticoagulants, hormones, anabolic steroids including large dose testosterone should be stopped at least 4-6 weeks prior to surgery. Most supplements, vitamins and recreational drugs must be stopped for several weeks prior to surgery.
- Stop smoking and alcohol intake at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
- No intake of food or water 8 hours prior to surgery.
- The surgery usually takes between one and two hours to complete and is usually done under a general anesthesia.
- Compression garment is available to be used post-op.
Post operative instructions
- Compression garments are placed snugly and continuously and these will be worn for about 2-3 weeks after surgery.
- Rest but not bed rest: While rest is important in the early stages of healing, equally important is that you are ambulatory, meaning that you are walking under your own strength. Spend 10 minutes every 2 hours walking indoors.
- A day after the surgery, patient may have light to moderate physical activities.
- Good nutrition: Stick with soft, bland, nutritious food for the first 24 hours.
- Take all medications exactly as prescribed.
- Change incision dressings frequently.
- Do not resume any exercise other than regular walking to prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
- Refrain from weight bearing exercise, twisting or lifting anything over your head.
- Take a warm not hot shower. Do not take a bath. Limit your shower to 10 minutes.
- Avoid strenuous activities for about 6 weeks specially gym activities.
- Follow- up check with the surgeon will be 7 days after for suture removal and assessment.