Dr. Mark Markarian offers male pectoral implant surgery for sculpting and contouring the chest area. This procedure uses safe, FDA-approved implants designed to emulate the appearance of a naturally fuller, defined male chest. Dr. Markarian has patients visit him for pectoral implants for both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns.

What are the benefits of pectoral implants?

If you’re unhappy with your muscle definition, pectoral implants can be a massive confidence booster. Some of the most impressive advantages of pec implants include 

  • They can help increase the appearance of muscle definition in your chest if genetics or physical trauma hinder you from naturally building volume in this area.
  • If you have a lot of muscle and tone in all areas of your body except for your pecs, this helps give your body the balance it needs to achieve your best physical shape. 
  • They can resolve any asymmetries you may have in your chest area
  • They can help reduce the gap between your pectoral muscles, giving your chest a more sculpted appearance.
  • They can restore volume in your chest if you’ve lost volume from age or had liposuction in the area that removed too much fat.

What happens during a pec implant procedure?

Before your pectoral implant surgery, you’ll need to meet with Dr. Markarian for a consultation to discuss your goals and candidacy for the procedure. If you agree that pectoral implants are right for you, he will create precise measurements on your chest. Ensuring suitable-sized implants are inserted during surgery to achieve your desired result. The implant volume will be relative to your pectoralis muscle measurements and goals for a bulkier, more proportional chest.

Performed under general anesthesia within one to two hours, Dr. Markarian inserts pectoral implants through a small incision in your armpit (axilla). He then creates a pocket and inserts the implants beneath your pectoralis muscle in a position that gives you the results you’re hoping for. He may transfer fat from other areas of your body to your chest for some added fullness.

Once the implants are in place, your natural pectoralis muscle will support them to maintain their placement. You can go home on the same day as your procedure. Make sure to plan to have someone safely take you home after your pectoral implant surgery. We will provide you with post-op instructions for best recovery practices.

How much do pec implants cost?

According to RealSelf, the average cost of pec implants is $8887 but ranges from $5000 to $16000 depending on anesthesia and facility fees and the type of implants you decide to get.

When will I see the results of my pectoral implantation?

It takes about six weeks on average to fully heal from this procedure. You’ll see your final results once all the swelling subsides. Pec implants typically last approximately ten years after being placed with no complications.

How long have pectoral implants been around?

Pectoral implants first entered the market in 1988 as a solution for pectus excavatum, a deformity in which the sternum appears ‘sunken’ compared to the rest of the chest wall.

They quickly became popular with helping bodybuilders, who could not naturally build muscle definition in their pecs due to genetics or physical trauma, achieve a complete muscular body. By the 1990s, giving men pectoral implants for chest augmentation was common practice.

Do pec implants hinder muscle function?

Pec implants do not affect your ability to use your pectoralis muscle. Once healed, you can continue exercising, including lifting weights to define your chest, free of complications following your pec implant surgery.

Are pectoral implants for men the same as breast implants for women?

Male pectoral implants contain a solid, pliable silicone polymer or a cohesive silicone gel, so they’re not soft to the touch like female breast implants. Instead, they’re firm to touch to emulate natural muscle definition in the chest. 

Pectoral implants can be oval or vertical-rectangular. Both types are firmer and flatter than breast implants used for women. Most patients choose vertical-rectangular implants, but this depends solely on your goals and which suits your measurements best.

Am I a candidate for pectoral implants?

If the lack of muscle in your chest is causing you to feel insecure and hide this part of your body at all times, even at the beach, you could benefit from pectoral implants. Pectoral implants are your answer to fast-tracking your path to the full, defined chest you’ve always wanted.

If you’re a man and relate to any of the following, you may be a great candidate for pec implants:

  • No matter how much work you put in with weights at the gym, you aren’t seeing any muscle growth in your chest
  • Your pecs are asymmetrical
  • You had liposuction in your chest that removed too much fat, causing a ‘hollow’ effect
  • You’re experiencing pectoralis muscle atrophy after a traumatic injury
  • You have a condition such as Poland syndrome, pectus carinatum, or pectus excavatum

If you have muscle dysmorphia or body dysmorphic disorder, we recommend not getting pectoral implants. You may have unrealistic expectations from your surgery and come out of your procedure unsatisfied with the result.

Are pectoral implants worth it?

According to patient reviews on RealSelf, 88% of pectoral implantation patients feel that the results are worth the cost and downtime of the procedure. Many patients say they’ve spent years trying to gain muscle mass and saw progress everywhere except their chest and pec implants solved the problem by adding natural-looking muscle definition.

What are the possible complications of pectoral implantation?

Possible complications of pectoral implantation are rare, but when they do occur, they’re similar to those for breast augmentation. 

Complications of pectoral implant surgery can include:

  • Bleeding or hematomas
  • Infections
  • Asymmetry
  • Implant displacement
  • Seroma
  • Implant rupture
  • Muscle spasms
  • Capsular contracture 

What is recovery like after getting pectoral implants?

After your pectoral implant surgery, your chest will be wrapped in compression garments to limit the amount of swelling and bruising. We recommend continuing to wear this until the initial swelling has resolved. We’ll give you specific instructions on how to care for your garments.

You’ll likely have some soreness for a few days after your surgery. You can resume regular activities after about one week, but you should avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting and running for up to six weeks to heal properly. You can take specific pain medications, and we will recommend the most suitable to minimize soreness during your recovery.

What procedure can you combine with pectoral implant surgery?

If you need more definition than pectoral implants alone can give you, Dr. Markarian may combine your implant surgery with a fat transfer to your chest.  Adding tissue volume in, beneath, and above your pectoralis muscle allows Dr. Markarian to give you a more defined, dramatic contour.

Are you considering pectoral implants?

If pectoral implants sound like a possible solution to your concerns about your chest, contact us to book a consultation with Dr. Mark Markarian, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Wellesley, Massachusetts.