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Pectoral implant surgery

is a procedure designed to provide more masculine definition to the male chest area. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a total of 317 patients obtained pectoral implants in the United States in 2011.

Cost of Pectoral Implants

The ASPS reports that the average cost of pectoral implants in the United States was $3,810 in 2010. The national average fee listed here refers to the surgeon's fee only and does not include charges for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and anesthesiologist – nor does it include any medical tests, prescriptions, or other miscellaneous costs related to any component of pectoral implant surgery.

"The average cost of pectoral implants

in the United States was $3,810 in 2010."

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Find a Pectoral Implants Surgeon

While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to pectoral implants, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering this treatment, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use the physician locator.)


Benefits of Pectoral Implants

For men who have yet not achieved their desired chest appearance through exercise alone, pectoral augmentation can give the existing chest muscles a more toned, masculine look. For patients with congenital defects or loss of muscle in an accident or injury, pectoral implant surgery may be able to reconstruct a natural-looking, symmetrical chest.


How is pectoral implant surgery performed?

Pectoral implants are chosen by the patient with his surgeon’s guidance, based on his desired chest size and shape, and the size of his existing chest muscles. Typically, the surgeon begins by making a small incision in each armpit. Next, he inserts each implant endoscopically, which means that a thin tube with a very small camera on the end will guide the doctor through the surgical site with extreme precision. This method reduces incision size and bleeding.

"Pectoral implants are

chosen by the patient with his surgeon’s guidance, based on his desired chest size and shape, and the size of his existing chest muscles."

Then, the surgeon places the implants under the pectoral muscle. Finally, the incisions are sutured and the surgery is complete. The implants are held in place by the overlying chest muscle, or by sutures that are temporarily visible through the skin.


How much pain is associated with pectoral implants?

Generally, when a surgeon takes advantage of endoscopic pectoral augmentation, the patient experiences less discomfort following surgery. Often, surgeons will administer long-acting local anesthetic into the implant as to control post-operative pain, but soreness and bruising are common for the first week (these can be easily controlled with prescribed medication). Aspirin should be avoided.


Pectoral Implants Recovery

"Patients should be careful

to limit movement in the days following their surgery for pectoral implants."

Patients should be careful to limit movement in the days following their surgery for pectoral implants. Normally, patients are permitted to return to work the second week of recovery. Exercise may be limited for six to eight weeks, depending on your surgeon’s opinion. Patients should follow a moderate diet until exercise can be resumed, in order to avoid weight gain that would adversely affect the desired surgical result.


Risks of Pectoral Implants

As with any elective surgery, there are risks and complications associated with pectoral implants. Following the instructions given to you by your physician, especially instructions regarding post-operative activity, will minimize the chance of any risks occurring. Potential, but uncommon complications from gynecomastia surgery include bleeding, seroma, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Rarely, a patient may require a blood transfusion during the operation if these risks occur.


Who is the ideal candidate for pectoral implants?

Good candidates for pectoral augmentation are men in good physical health who aim to enhance the chest area by adding masculine definition that appears naturally sculpted through exercise. Ideally, men should be non-smokers or cease smoking for two weeks prior to and two weeks following the procedure for optimal healing.


Ten Questions Every Male Pectoral Implant Patient Should Ask Their Surgeon:

To gain a more thorough understanding about pectoral implants, and help form realistic expectations, it is recommended that the patient look at before and after photographs of the surgeon’s previous patients and speak with them. It is also important for patients to ask questions about anything they do not understand about the procedure. Here are some recommended questions:
  • Is what I described realistic?
  • Where is the pectoral implant surgery performed and how long will it take?
  • In my case, what technique is most appropriate in helping me achieve my cosmetic goal?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?
  • How much does pectoral implant surgery cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
  • What is the surgeon’s level of experience in performing pectoral implant surgery?
  • What percentage of patients experience complications with pectoral implant surgery?
  • What is the surgeon’s policy about correcting or repeating the procedure if the first surgery does not meet agreed upon results?
  • What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, additional scaring, activity level, and so on?
  • Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
Patients should also tell their surgeons about any allergies, serious medical conditions, and medications they may be taking. provides information about plastic and cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. However, the medical information provided here is not the same as medical advice – the application of medical treatment to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend that you consult a qualified medical practitioner if you want the professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.


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