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Pectoral implants are breast implants used to enhance the muscular appearance of the male chest. They come in different sizes to increase the prominence of the male pectoral muscle. The implants are made of a slightly firmer silicone than those used in female breast implants.
At an initial consultation with Mr Chana, he will discuss with you your reasons for wanting implants and carefully advise and guide you on the type, shape and size that will best suit your condition.
Pectoral augmentation is carried out under general anaesthetic. An incision is made in the armpit in order to keep the scar hidden and a pocket carefully made using an endoscopic or 'keyhole' technique directly under the existing pectoral muscle. The pectoral implant is then inserted and appropriately positioned in this pocket. Drains are used which are taken out several hours after surgery. The incision is closed with layers of stitches in order to secure the implant and close the skin.
Pain is usually mild after this operation and is easily relieved by painkillers which Mr Chana will prescribe. Aspirin or aspirin-like medication (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory tablets) must not be taken.
Following surgery, it is important to avoid vigorous activity for a few days to reduce the swelling and to sleep in an elevated position at night using pillows to reduce the swelling. Bruising of the skin around the chest may occur but will disappear within 2 to 3 weeks. Heavy exercise should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
Serious complications following pectoral augmentation surgery are rare. Infection and bleeding are risks as with any surgical procedure, but in most cases can easily be managed.
Alteration in nipple sensation may occur but it usually returns to normal over a period of several months, however a few patients will experience a total loss in sensation to the nipples. Pectoral implants may also develop a capsular contracture (a thick scar tissue around the implant) which can result in further surgery at a later date to replace the implants. Rupture of an implant is rare.