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Pectoral and calf implants: The operation

Pectoral and calf implants: The operation

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Pectoral implants and calf implants are cosmetic surgery treatments for men. In 2012, 90% of all the cosmetic surgery performed in the UK was undertaken in women; men still make up a minority but numbers are increasing year on year. In addition to liposuction to reduce their breasts men are also opting for enhancement procedures such as implants to add definition to the chest and lower legs.

Why consider pectoral implants or calf implants?

Men who want to have a very well defined muscular physique may attain good results by regular exercise and gym sessions but cannot quite achieve the look they are after. Having pectoral implants can boost the appearance of the pectoral muscles in the chest and calf implants can beef up the muscular appearance of the calves without the need for extensive body building sessions.

What is involved in pectoral implants or calf implants?

Pectoral implants and calf implants are made from silicone and are similar to breast implants used in women. Their shape is different – chest implants for men are created larger and flatter to give the appearance of well-developed pectoral muscles. Calf implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and two implants are usually placed within each calf.

  • Men having pectoral implants will have incisions in the crease of the armpit. The cosmetic surgeon will ease the silicone implant under the skin and muscle of the chest wall, so that the pectoral area feels as natural to the touch as possible.
  • For calf implants, the cosmetic surgeon makes an incision in the crease behind the knee and creates two pockets between the leg muscles to take the implants. The calf implants are positioned again under the muscle, so that the external appearance and feel is as natural as possible.

After pectoral implants or calf implants

The area will be sore and swollen but you will normally only need to stay in hospital for one night in either case. Over-the-counter pain relieving drugs will help you feel comfortable and you should be mobile but not exercising. If you have had pectoral implants, avoid lifting and stretching in the early weeks and return to the gym on the advice of your cosmetic surgeon.

Recovery from calf implants will take longer. You will be given a local anaesthetic that will last for the first 12 hours after your cosmetic surgery and you will need to wear compression stockings for several weeks until healing takes place. You can go home the day after surgery but you need to rest with your legs raised for several hours each day for a week or two. You may experience some pain and muscle spasms with bruising and swelling but this will subside after 3-4 weeks. Avoid exercising for at least 6 weeks and take the advice of your cosmetic surgeon on restarting an exercise programme.

What risks are involved in pectoral implants or calf implants?

Pectoral implants can leak and rupture, just as breast implants. Calf implants are less likely to leak but complications are more likely if you don’t follow post-operative advice. The implants take at least 6 weeks to heal into place and returning to the gym too early can displace them.

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