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For most people, the phrase "breast enhancement" brings to mind women who have implants for larger, more beautiful breasts. Yet there are procedures for men that can give them the strong-looking chest they have always wanted. Breast enlargement for men is less well known, but it can help provide the masculine, muscular look to the chest that some men cannot achieve no matter how much they work out.

What Are Pectoral Implants?

Pectoral implants can give a man a defined outline to the chest and the appearance of high, firm pectoral muscles. These implants are made of solid silicone, a material that has been widely and safely used in medicine for decades. Silicone pectoral implants should not be confused with breast implants used for women, which are silicone sacks filled with either saline (salt water) or a silicone gel. Pectoral implants are solid and cannot leak or rupture.

Pectoral implants are made in a number of sizes and shapes that mimic the natural shape of a well-developed pectoral muscle. They can also be custom made.

Although most men have pectoral implants put in to obtain a more masculine appearance, some men with defects of the rib cage or chest muscles may have them put in to balance an asymmetrical or malformed chest. Men who have gynecomastia, the development of enlarged breast, may also have pectoral implants put in after they undergo liposuction and removal of breast tissue.

Am I A Candidate For Male Breast Enlargement?

Male breast enhancement, or a pectoral implant procedure, is relatively new. About 410 men had pectoral implants in 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but that is double the number of men that had it done in 2005.

If you are thinking about having male breast enhancement, you should first consider your overall physical and mental health. You should be free of any active diseases or other pre—existing medical conditions—such as asthma or high blood pressure-that could make it difficult to endure the surgery or the recovery period. If you smoke, drink excessively, or use recreational drugs, you may not be a good candidate for pectoral implants. Tell your surgeon of all medications that you take, including vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal products.

You have to be healthy mentally and emotionally. Healing from any surgery can be difficult and slow. It requires a great deal of patience and mental stability.

Before you commit to having pectoral implants, you should discuss how you want to look with your surgeon to make sure these goals can be attained through surgery. You and your surgeon can look at before-and-after male breast enlargement pictures to be sure you agree about how you expect to look after male breast augmentation surgery.

If you are considering male breast enhancement, you should ask about the costs of the procedure and ask whether the costs of anesthesia or the use of a surgical suite are included. Medical insurance will not cover the costs associated with this type of procedure, so you will be responsible for all fees. Financing can be arranged.

How Male Breast Enhancement Surgery Is Performed

Male breast augmentation takes between 1 and 2 hours. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis and can be done in a surgeon's office, a freestanding surgical center, or a hospital. It can be combined with other forms of plastic surgery, such as male liposuction or a tummy tuck. It is same-day surgery, which means that you go home after your surgery. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

Your surgeon may tell you to stop working out about 2 weeks before your surgery. During the surgery, your surgeon will make short incisions on each side of your chest under the armpit. He or she will then make a pocket underneath your pectoral muscle and place the implant in that. Before the incisions are closed, your surgeon will examine you to ensure that the implants are symmetrically placed.

There are four phases involved in the process of male breast enlargement:

Preparation: During this phase, you will be prepped for the surgery. An intravenous (IV) line will be started and you will be hooked up to monitors that will keep track of your vital signs. Your surgeon may mark you with a pen to show where the incisions will be made.

Anesthesia: The choice of anesthesia should be discussed between you and your surgeon before the day of your surgery. In most cases, male breast enhancement is performed under general anesthesia, where you sleep, but your surgeon may use local anesthesia and a sedative that makes you very drowsy.

Surgical Procedure: During the procedure, your surgeon will follow the pre-marked incision lines. He or she will make the pocket under the pectoral muscle and insert the implant. After pectoral implants are in place, your surgeon will close the incisions. A dressing is then applied to protect the incisions, keep the implants securely in place, and reduce swelling.

Recovery: After the surgery is complete, you will be moved to a recovery area where staff can monitor you for about 2 hours. As you wake up, you may feel hot, cold, or nauseous. The staff can give you pain relievers, antinausea medications, warm blankets or other assistance.

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