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Pectoral Implants in North Carolina

For some men, no amount of exercise will achieve the muscular, masculine chest they desire. But chest augmentation with pectoral implants in North Carolina can help create your ideal physique, improving chest contours and creating more balanced muscle proportions.

What Are Pectoral Implants?

Pectoral implants, or pec implants, are firm, silicone prostheses that can be implanted to enhance the chest area in men. Unlike breast implants, pectoral implants in North Carolina are never filled with saline and are much less pliable, as they are designed to mimic the look and feel of a man’s natural musculature.

Who Can Benefit?

Pec implants can add volume and improve definition in the chest area in men who have underdeveloped pectoral muscles. If your upper body looks disproportionate or weak due to small, poorly defined pecs, you may benefit from pectoral implants.

The Pectoral Implant Procedure

During your consultation, your UNC surgeon will talk with you about your cosmetic goals and help you prepare for chest augmentation surgery by answering your questions and providing complete pre- and post-operative care instructions.

Your pectoral implant surgery will be performed in our state-of-the-art, off-campus surgical facility, and you will be placed under IV or general anesthesia during the procedure.

Your surgeon will make discreet incisions near your armpits and around each areola, and create pockets underneath your pectoral muscles to house your pec implants. After your pectoral implants are inserted, dissolvable stitches will be used to secure them as scar tissue develops to provide long-term support.

Chest liposuction and male breast reduction surgery may also be performed in combination with the pectoral implant procedure, in which case, the insertion of your pec implants will be the final surgical step.

Pectoral Implants Aftercare

Once the incisions are closed and dressed, most patients may return home with assistance within a few hours of surgery. You will be fitted with a compression garment that should be worn for about three weeks, at which time most patients can resume some lifting, exercise and physical labor.

Patients with desk jobs can usually return to work within a week, and full activity can usually be resumed after six weeks. Keeping your chest elevated and using ice packs will help minimize swelling, and most temporary side effects should resolve within a few weeks. After three to six months, you should see the final result of your pectoral implant surgery.

Learn More About Pectoral Implants in Raleigh-Durham

If you’re interested in pectoral implants, visit the board certified plastic surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center. The UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center is centrally located in Chapel Hill and is easily accessible to patients in Durham, Raleigh, Burlington and Greensboro. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule a consultation.

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