FaceDescription: Also known as pectoral augmentation, pectoral implants shape, enlarge and firm the chest muscles in a way that may be unattainable through exercise alone.

How it’s done: An incision is made in the armpit and a pocket created in the fascia of the upper pectoral muscle. The silicone implant is then sculpted to the most aesthetically pleasing size for the patient. For this reason, it is important to have a surgeon who is very experienced with this kind of implantation. It is then inserted into the body and stitched up with dissolving sutures. A small bandage is placed over the wound to speed up healing.

Complications: Infection, bleeding, asymmetry, scarring, and muscle and/or nerve damage can occur.

Recovery: Following surgery, the patient is advised not to lift their arms. Once the dressings are removed, the patient then has to follow a gentle physiotherapy regime to ensure that proper range of motion in the arms is restored. It also allows the implants to settle. Regular activity can be resumed in a week or two, and within one month, full pectoral activity may be resumed.

Cost: $10,000 to $12,000

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