Pec Implants

Pectoral augmentation is a surgical procedure done to create a more masculine appearance in the chest area. Through the use of pec implants the chest is built up to achieve definition and a sturdier pectoral region.

Who is a good candidate for pectoral implants?

In order to undergo any surgical procedure, you must be in overall good health. If you smoke, you must stop at least two weeks prior to your pectoral implantation surgery. You will also need to remain smoke free in the weeks following your surgery as tobacco use can hinder the body’s natural healing process.

Ideal candidates for pectoral augmentation are men who have an undeveloped chest and can’t seem to achieve any definition no matter how much they work out or how healthy they eat. Additionally, men with sunken chests or absent pectoral muscles due to Poland Syndrome (a birth defect characterized by the undevelopment or complete lack of chest muscles) may greatly benefit from this surgery.

When you meet your surgeon for an initial consultation it’s important to disclose your medical history so that they can make an informed decision about your candidacy.

What to look for in a plastic surgeon

The only recognized body of plastic surgeons in Canada is the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Each member of CSAPS must be certified in the specialty of cosmetic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CSAPS surgeons must adhere to a strict ethical code and standards in order to continue to practice in the country. When selecting a surgeon to perform your pectoral implantation procedure make sure to find someone who is not only board-certified but someone you trust. Experience is also a key factor in finding a plastic surgeon. Below you’ll find three questions to ask potential surgeons to help you see if they’re a good fit:

Where did you complete your surgical training?

How many pectoral implant procedures have you done?

How long have you been in practice?

What does the recovery process for pectoral implants involve?

You will need to rest immediately following your surgery. You will be given painkillers and antibiotics (if needed) to help you deal with any discomfort you may experience. The area will be tender and sore in the first few days following your procedure and it’s important that you sleep on your back until the soreness and swelling subsides. Some people are able to return to work after a week while others choose to take longer before going back to their job. If you work in an office setting you will probably be able to get back to work quickly. However, if your job involves heavy lifting or you have to be on your feet all day, you may need to spend extra time at home resting to ensure that you’re physically able to do your work. In terms of exercise, you will be able to resume lower body workouts after about two weeks. In four weeks you can start with light upper body exercises and approximately six weeks you can begin doing full body workouts again.

In the first weeks following your pectoral implant procedure, you will be required to wear a compression garment. This garment is worn to promote healing and is easily hidden under clothing. Moreover, your surgeon will give you a detailed list of aftercare instructions that involve wound cleaning. Make sure that you understand these instructions before your surgery so you can enjoy a speedy and full recovery.

What are the implants made of?

Pectoral implants are made of Health Canada-approved silicone implants. These implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are customized to each person’s chest to ensure a natural look. Furthermore, silicone implants consist of soft silicone gel encased in a hard shell to protect them from rupturing.

Prior to the surgery, you will be given anesthesia to ensure your are comfortable. Your surgeon will make a small incision inside the armpit to create a place where the implants can be inserted. The implant is placed in the subpectoral pocket that lies between the pectoralis major muscle and the rib cage. Because the incision is made under the armpit it is virtually hidden and unnoticeable. The surgery itself takes approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Scarring may occur but that generally fades over time. Plus, as aforementioned, the incision is done under the armpit which leaves it hidden. Unless you constantly raise your arms while wearing a tank top, no one will notice the incision site.

For many men, their chest area lacks definition. No matter how hard they work out or maintain a healthy diet, they cannot seem to bulk up in that area. Pectoral implants create a fuller chest and increase definition. This is especially helpful if you have lost a significant amount of weight or have a sunken chest. Finally, pec implants also help your self-esteem allowing you to finally get the upper body you’ve always wanted. You no longer have to feel embarrassed about your chest and can enjoy activities like swimming that require you to be shirtless.