Body Contouring Chest (Pectoral) Implants
Body Contouring Chest or Pectoral Implants
A More Defined and Masculine Look with Birmingham, Alabama Cosmetic Surgery
Some men have body types that don't easily achieve muscle tone and definition in the chest. Others may have underdeveloped chest muscles or asymmetry as a result of an injury or genetic condition. Even with traditional methods such as weightlifting, exercising and dieting, you may still be unable to get the toned results you desire.
Chest Implants, also called Pectoral Implants or Subpectoral Implants, are designed to increase the size and enhance the shape of the chest for men who are seeking a fuller, more defined look.
Chest implant surgery in Birmingham, Alabama with William J. Hedden, M.D. and J. Stephen Gunn, M.D. can be performed with pectoral implants alone or in conjunction with autologous fat transfer, depending on your goals for a more well-proportioned torso and the amount of body fat that is available.
Chest Implants Candidates
Body contouring chest implants are made of a solid silicone material. With a feel similar a well-built pectoral muscle, pectoral implants are firm and flexible. Dr. Hedden or Dr. Gunn help each body contouring patient choose the right size and shape of pectoral implants that will give them a very natural look.
Used to shape and enlarge the upper chest, pectoral implants are available to enhance your physique, your body symmetry and your self-confidence. This method of male chest enhancement results in a muscular yet natural appearance whether the pectoral muscles are flexed or relaxed.
Chest Implants Procedure
Among the most common techniques for pectoral implants is the transaxillary technique, where the incisions are made in the natural folds of the armpits. Since the implants are made of pliable silicone, they can be folded and inserted through small incisions.
After the incision is made, your plastic surgeon forms a pocket between the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles. To maintain a masculine appearance, the bottom margins of the pockets remain above the inframammary fold.
The sterile pectoral implants are inserted and carefully positioned between the muscle layers to ensure a proper fit and comfortable, natural-looking results. Drain tubes may be used to allow fluids to escape during the healing process.
After your surgeon verifies that the chest implants are symmetric and properly positioned, the pocket openings are closed with dissolvable sutures and the armpit incisions are stitched. Bandages are then applied to the incision locations.
Chest Implants Recovery
You may be required to wear a compression vest for the next 3 to 4 weeks. This garment helps to reduce swelling, prevent fluid from building up, improve blood circulation and support the new contours of the chest.
Some swelling and stiffness in the chest and armpits is normal following your pectoral implants procedure. Swelling should subside within a couple of weeks. If used, surgical drains are usually removed within a week.
Patients should avoid heavy lifting or exertion of the chest or arm area for about 6 weeks.
Chest Implants Results
The appearance of enhanced body contours and muscular volume following pectoral implant surgery are immediately noticeable. Your chest will be more comfortable and look more natural as swelling subsides. The surrounding tissues will stretch to comfortably accommodate the chest implants over the next few months.
Pectoral implants are placed so that shifting is unlikely. Scars hidden in the creases of the armpits are difficult to detect and will continue to fade until they are almost imperceptible.
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