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Am I a Good Candidate for Pec Implants?
Ideal candidates for pec implants are healthy adults who want to augment the chest muscles. Candidates should be realistic in their expectations for the treatment.
Since pectoral muscle implants require surgery, candidates must be free of any health condition that interferes with the healing process. Patients must also be non-smokers or willing to abstain from smoking as directed by Dr. Emer.
You may be a candidate for pec implant surgery if you are seeking chest augmentation for:
- Chest reconstruction after injury or medical surgery
- Gender-affirming reasons
- Age-related muscle loss in the chest
- Sculpting specific proportions and definition in the chest area that can’t be achieved through working out alone
What to Expect During Pec Implant Surgery
Pectoral implant surgery typically takes one to two hours. The procedure is performed in an operating room.
At the start of your procedure, the chest area will be shaved. You will then be given local or general anesthesia, depending on what you and the plastic surgeon determine is best for you.
Pec implant surgery requires incisions at each armpit crease. The incisions allow the plastic surgeon to insert your custom pec implants.
Pec implants are placed between your pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles. Dr. Emer’s plastic surgeons are meticulous about positioning the implants to ensure symmetrical, natural-looking results. Once the implants have been placed, the plastic surgeon will close the incisions.
What to Expect After Pectoral Implant Recovery
Most patients can return home the same day as the procedure. However, you should make plans in advance for someone to drive you home.
Depending on your body’s natural rate of healing, you can expect a week or two of downtime after pec implant surgery. During the initial stage of the recovery process, bruising, tenderness, and swelling can be expected. You will likely be advised to wear a compression garment for several weeks to promote healing and reduce swelling.
Dr. Emer and his team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to guide you through your recovery. In general, patients should avoid strenuous activity, lifting things, and raising the arms overhead until otherwise advised by Dr. Emer.
Dr. Emer’s staff will help you schedule a follow-up appointment for two weeks after your pec implant surgery. This appointment allows Dr. Emer to provide guidance and a timeline for resuming all of your normal activities.
Pec Implant Results
You will notice that your chest appears stronger and more defined right away. However, final results will not be visible until all post-procedure swelling has subsided, which takes about six weeks.
Once healing is complete, you can expect to enjoy your pec implant results for many years. The natural aging process and/or weight fluctuations can affect the appearance of your chest. Dr. Emer may recommend regular collagen-stimulation treatments, skin rejuvenation procedures, or other therapies to help you maintain firm, aesthetic chest contours long-term.
Are there Other Options for Chest Augmentation?
Pectoral implants are not right for everyone, and they are not the only solution for chest augmentation. When you meet with Dr. Emer for your consultation, he will evaluate your cosmetic concerns and ask you about your desired outcome. He will use this information to determine the optimal chest augmentation treatment for you.
Fat grafting is an alternative approach to pec implants for chest augmentation. Fat grafting for pectoral augmentation may be recommended for patients who:
- Desire moderate pectoral augmentation
- Are not good candidates for pec implant surgery
- Want to eliminate fat in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, upper arms, or buttocks
- Prefer a less invasive solution for sculpting a more masculine chest
Fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that involves harvesting unwanted fat from one area of the patient’s body to create fat injections. While pec implants can provide the most dramatic chest augmentation results, fat grafting can be a great option for patients seeking a more subtle volume increase with less downtime.
For this method of pec augmentation, Dr. Emer performs Body Jet or VASER lipo to extract the most viable fat cells. Next, he purifies the harvested fat and enriches it with growth factors. The purified, enriched fat can then be injected to augment and contour the chest.
How Much Does Pec Implant Surgery Cost?
The cost of pec implant surgery is determined by the complexity of your procedure. Once Dr. Emer and his plastic surgeon have developed your customized treatment plan, they will provide detailed pricing information.