The pectoral area in men has a special aesthetic connotation, as it shows a virile and athletic appearance that is related to a more attractive torso.
Some patients, whether due to genetics or lack of training, present the most atrophic area and without volume or definition.
Pectoral augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that seeks to improve the area, either by placing a silicone implant or by combining liposculpture with fat grafts.
Anyone who is medically healthy and who, due to their genetics or lack of exercise, does not have this part of their anatomy very developed, as there are even people who, despite working in the gym, cannot develop their muscles.
- Silicone prosthesis: It is a cohesive gel silicone prosthesis, similar to those used for breast augmentation, but with a more square and flattened shape, which has different sizes adaptable to the length of the patient’s torso and the width of his chest. Said implant is introduced through an axillary incision. The implant is placed under the pectoral muscle, without disinserting the lower part, unlike breast augmentation, so it is not a particularly painful surgery.
- Fat tissue: In patients who have a fatty deposit and a sufficient amount can be obtained (they are usually thin patients), a pectoral increase can be recreated with said tissue and given the desired shape without the use of silicone implants. It requires a relative rest after the intervention so that the fatty tissue catches on the infiltrated place. In these cases, it is very important to perform a liposculpture as well, to slim the surrounding areas and magnify the definition effect.
- Hybrid technique: Silicone implants are used, but the covering tissue is thickened with fatty tissue to create a more natural appearance and less palpability of the implant.
The performance of this type of intervention must be performed by a plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring surgery. Dr. Ospina has extensive training in this type of procedure and in the management of fatty tissue grafts.
This type of intervention must be performed in a hospital that meets all health requirements and has an intensive care unit. Cosmetic surgery is a very regulated surgery with fewer complications, but in case they appear, it is essential to have the support of a good hospital. Hence, low-cost surgeries try to save money on this and are performed in small clinics where these safety conditions are not covered.
Dr. Ospina is fully aware of this and that is why he performs all his surgeries in the operating rooms of Hospitals San Roque because it provides that extra security that he wants for his patients.
The patient must rest for about two weeks, although moving continuously to avoid thrombosis. The surgery is not painful and the minor discomfort it generates is easily controlled with painkillers. Scars are barely visible after a few months.
In the case of implants, compression garments should be used the first months so that the implant is placed in the desired position and to avoid displacement. The stitches are removed after two weeks and pressotherapy is started to take care of the scar.
In the case of fatty tissue, compression is avoided, and only light compression garments are used for the first few weeks.
After the first days, lymphatic drainage massages and pressotherapy begin. The patient will have to wait around two months to be able to start the pectoral muscle exercises again.
Like any silicone implant, it could move or contracture, although it is quite rare with current techniques and quality of the implants we use today.
Fat tissue can decrease up to 20% -30% in the first days, so the procedure may need to be repeated a second time.