San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti Talks About Pectoralis Implant
Pectoralis implants can be used to augment the male chest wall. Implants can be used to provide additional projection of the chest wall enhancing the appearance and often times the self image of the patient.
The specifics of the operation vary from patient to patient. During the consultation with the patient, Dr. Pousti discusses the amount of augmentation that the patient desires. The preferred shape of the chest wall is also discussed with the patient. Pectoralis implants have been very successful in allowing the patients to achieve increased fullness in the chest area. This operation may serve to correct a congenital deformity or tear of the pectoralis muscle. With adequate pre-operative preparation, attention to detail intra-operatively, and attentive post-operative care, patient satisfaction after this operation is extremely high.
The Surgical Procedure
The procedure takes 2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Generally, the procedure is done through an incision in the auxiliary (armpit) area. The silicone implants are placed underneath the pectoralis muscle.
What To Expect After Surgery
Rest. The chest will feel somewhat sore for the first few days. This should abate very quickly and by the end of the first week you should be comfortable.
Resumption of Physical Activity
Patients are often back to work 1-2 weeks after the procedure. No exercise of sports for 2-6 weeks.