What Can You Tell Me About Getting Pectoral Implants?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I am interested in pectoral implants and would like any information about the procedure that you can share with me.

A:  There are tremendous similarities between transaxillary breast augmentation in females and pectoral implants in men. They both are placed through an incision in the armpit with a pectoral implant needing more length as the implant is bigger. Both are placed under the pectoralis muscle with a pectoral implant not being placed below the lower edge of the pectoralis major muscle. All of the pectoral implant remains covered by the muscle to give it maximum bulk and projection. (a breast implant in contrast often has at least half of the implant below the edge of the muscle) Pectoral implants come in numerous sizes and shapes from oval to a more square design. The implant selection is determined by measurements taken on the chest based on the outline of the muscle. The implants are composed of solid soft silicone elastomer material that behaves like a flexible gel. The material is inert and will never degrade or break down. Pectoral augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. Dissolveable sutures are used to close the armpit incision. After surgery, there will be some swelling and soreness and a chest wrap is used for comfort. One can expect that it will be about three weeks until one has full range of motion of their arms and can begin to return to working out again if desired. 

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana