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.