Chest or pectoral implants are designed to provide males with definition in the chest area. Patients undertake pectoral implants for a variety of reasons including deformities, trauma, Poland syndrome or injury. They are also used to reconstruct the chest after cancer surgery.
The chest body contouring implant procedure is conducted under local anaesthetic, with twilight sedation or full general anaesthetic. The surgery takes up to two hours for the surgeon to complete. The surgeon will make an incision under the armpit based on the size of the implant. The surgeon then dissects the muscle, creating a pocket for the implant to sit in and inserts the implant. The area is then closed using stitches, soluble sutures and/or metal claps. A dressing is applied to protect the area from foreign objects and infection.
During the recovery, the patient can expect to feel discomfort, however this is manageable with pain medication. Immediately after the surgery the patient can expect swelling, bruising and tenderness on and around the chest area, a a cold compress may assist alleviating this. A compression garment is recommended for up to six weeks following the surgery. The patient can expect to resume daily activities a week following the surgery, however strenuous activity including exercise may require a recovery period up to six weeks.
The results can be appreciated at least two months following the surgery depending on the patients healing and recovery process.