How is pectoral implant surgery performed?
Pectoral augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure. Below are the general steps for pectoral implant surgery, but they may vary depending on the technique you and your aesthetic plastic surgeon decide on.
- During your consultation, your surgeon will measure your chest and discuss the different size and shape implants available.
- You will be given general anesthesia or be heavily sedated before the procedure begins.
- Your surgeon makes a small incision (approximately two inches in length) in the hair-bearing region of your armpit (the axilla).
- The surgeon then inserts special surgical tools through the incision to create a pocket, or space, in between your pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles (chest muscles).
- Your surgeon inserts your selected implant, based on measurements made before surgery, and positions it between the pectoralis muscles.
- Your surgeon closes the incision and repeats the procedure on the opposite side.
- After your procedure is complete, you may need to wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling or implant shift.
What are my pectoral implant options?
Pectoral implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Pec implants are made of solid silicone that is relatively soft and flexible, allowing them to look and feel like real muscle. Because solid silicone implants are not made from silicone gel or fluid, they will not leak or tear. If you have chest asymmetry or traumatic deformities, you can opt for custom implants.
If you do not want implants, a fat transfer is an alternative option to pectoral implants. Fat grafting to the chest can enhance definition and volume in slim patients, improve the muscular contour in athletic patients, and provide a muscular shape in heavier patients. (For additional information, see LINK fat transfer).
Where will the surgeon place my pectoral implants?
Your surgeon will place the implant in a pocket between your pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles.