Pectoral Implants/Chest Reconstruction IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
Men, mostly the average guy not just bodybuilders, not infrequently seek augmentation, enhancement and/or reconstruction of their chest. Frequently these men do workout but are unable to proportionally grow their pectoral muscles to their desire. Most all of us have at least one strong and/or favorite body part, but also have at least one body part that is relatively weak and/or small. Others may be limited by trauma or by genetic and developmental nerve and muscle deformities such as Poland’s Syndrome (missing pectoral muscle), Pectus Excavatum (funnel chest) or Pectus Carinatum (pigeon chest). In any case, these individuals are frequently embarrassed to be in public places, such as pools, beaches, and locker rooms without their shirt on.
What are Pectoral Implants?
Fortunately, there exists a relatively safe and effective surgical procedure using semi-solid silicone rubber implants. These implants are much more stable and durable compared to silicone gel breast implants which can rupture and leak. Because these implants cannot rupture or leak, they are considered to be life long permanent (i.e. no need for replacement after 10 years like breast implants). Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can even be custom designed for reconstruction cases and revision cosmetic cases.
How is the Pec Implant Process Done?
The surgery is done under general anesthesia, through a small, inch or so, incision concealed within an armpit crease. The implant is placed under the existing pectoralis major muscle belly to augment/enhance or reconstruct the chest. Because the pectoralis muscle is absent in Poland’s Syndrome, the implant must be placed just under the subcutaneous fascia layer. The incision is then closed in layers of dissolvable stitches. A compression garment may be applied but is usually not necessary unless liposuction was performed at the same time (eg. Gynecomastia surgery). The entire surgery usually takes an hour or two on an outpatient basis with patients able to return home that same day. Various anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics and pain relievers will be prescribed for postop recovery and comfort.
Are Pectoral Implants Safe?
Overall, Pectoral Implants are considered a relatively safe and effective surgery with a low complication rate when performed by a specialist. Make sure to seek consultation from a reputable surgeon with at least ten years of experience and who can share his/her results and complication rates with you.