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Pectoral Etching

Pectoral etching is a surgical procedure that is intended to enhance the appearance of the chest area. The procedure essentially involves removing fat cells from the areas of the body where they are most abundant and transferring them to the chest area in order to increase the size and improve the appearance of the pectorals.

The term “pectoral etching” generally refers to chest enhancement procedures performed on men. This is in contrast to breast augmentation surgery, which is typically performed on women, and which is usually aimed at changing the size and appearance of the breasts dramatically. With pectoral etching, the changes in size and appearance are a lot more subtle, and only relatively minor modification of the treatment area is performed.

Candidates for Pectoral Etching

Male chest surgery is a feasible surgical option for men who:

  • have underdeveloped chest areas
  • have sagging or fatty breasts
  • wish to improve the appearance of their chest area in relation to the rest of the body

In most cases, a subtle change in appearance is the primary goal of pectoral etching, as opposed to a dramatic bulking up or resizing of the chest muscles. Fat cells are extracted from areas of the body where they are most abundant, such as the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. The fat cells are then injected into the breasts in order to improve their shape and increase their size. The process is similar to that which is employed in facial cosmetic surgery, where what cells are extracted from the same fatty areas of the body and injected into parts of the face. The procedure entails a minimal risk of infection since the fat cells originate from the same person.

What to Expect During Pectoral Etching

The pectoral etching process involves making small cuts into the skin at the top of the pectorals. Although the procedure will not result in increased muscle mass, the fat injected will bring about a firmer and more toned appearance to the chest. The procedure also results in a more even, more natural, and smoother change in appearance.

Patients who undergo male chest surgery will be placed under a general anesthetic. The procedure is commonly performed in a hospital or a surgical facility. The doctor first uses a cannula–which is a small, tube-like device–in order to remove fat from the donor site. The fat cells are then injected into the patient’s chest via small incisions made at the top of the pectorals. The procedure takes from one to two hours at the longest, after which the patient is required to wear a compression garment in order to control bruising and swelling. This compression garment should remain in place for two weeks after the surgery.

Recovering After Surgery

Most patients will be able to go back to their regular routines a week after surgery. However, most doctors will advise patients to refrain from strenuous physical activity–including exercise–for several weeks after surgery in order to reduce incidences of bruising and swelling and to prevent the risk of infection.

The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” form on this page and someone will contact you to set your appointment.

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