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Pectoral Implants - Procedural Details and Candidacy

Commonly called “Pec” Implants, this common and safe solution is designed to make the Pectoralis (“Pec”) muscles look larger and more defined. Body builders often request them when they feel they are unable to obtain enough pectoralis muscle bulk. Men with thin builds will also request them to help them look healthier and more muscular.

At Southern Surgical Arts, our board-certified cosmetic surgeons use a laser-assisted liposuction technology called SmartLipo™, to remove fat from beneath the skin’s surface and reshape the underlying tissue. In some cases, incisions are required to provide the desired outcome. The result is a slimmer and better-looking physique that allows the patient to feel at ease and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Silicone, Procedure, and Recovery Time

The implants are made of silicone, similar to breast implants but are firmer to the touch. The implants are a soft solid, so they cannot leak. Silicone is approved for implantation but the use of pectoral implants is considered to be off-label use by the FDA.

The procedure takes approximately 1 hour to 1 ½ hours to perform. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. The incision is made in the armpit (easily hidden by the armpit hair) and the implant is placed under the patient’s pectoralis muscle. This helps hide the implant and gives it a more natural feel and appearance.

Patients can usually return to work in a few days as long as they avoid heavy lifting. Patients may usually return to moderate exercise after about 3 to 4 weeks, except for chest and shoulder exercises. A patient should wait approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to performing chest or shoulder exercises.

Our Surgeons

Although most men who suffer from this and similar conditions are aware that they may need the procedure, sometimes an in-person visit with a surgeon is the best way to know if this procedure is right for them. Dr. Chad Deal or Dr. Carey Nease can help alleviate any fears or concerns you may have, and discuss all possible outcomes and options for you. They are fellowship trained, hold multiple board certifications, and have performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures over the past 10 years.

What does it cost?

On average, pectoral implants begin at $3,499. Your specific quote will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs, facility fees for the operating room and all other supplies and implants when indicated.  The total price quote at Southern Surgical Arts also includes all routine follow-up visits.


Each of the facilities at which we perform surgery are accredited by either The Joint Commission or the AAAHC:

  • Southern Surgical Arts in Calhoun, GA
  • Physicians Surgery Center by Parkridge East Hospital, Chattanooga, TN
  • Grandview Medical Center, Jasper, TN
  • Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, GA
  • Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN