Pectoral Etching for Men
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 a relatively minor modification of the treatment area is performed.
What is 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 to increase the size and improve the appearance of the pectorals.
What is a Pectoral Etching Procedure Like?
Patients who undergo male chest surgery will be placed under a general anesthetic. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will first use a cannula, a small, tube-like device, to remove fat cells from designated areas of the body. Many patients will choose to remove fat from the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, or thighs.
The pectoral etching process involves making small incisions at the top of the pectorals, hidden in the natural creases of the skin. The fat cells are then injected into the patient’s chest to add definition and volume to the pectorals. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours.
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 produces natural-looking, subtle results that improve the chest’s aesthetics.
What is Recovery Like After Pectoral Etching?
After a pectoral etching procedure, patients are required to wear a compression garment to manage bruising and swelling. This compression garment should remain in place for two weeks after the surgery.
Most patients will be able to go back to their regular routines around one week after surgery. However, most doctors will advise patients to refrain from strenuous physical activity–including exercise–for several weeks to reduce incidences of bruising and swelling and to prevent the risk of injury, complications, or infection.
Am I a Good Pectoral Etching Candidate?
Male chest surgery is a beneficial surgical option for men who:
- Have underdeveloped chest areas
- Have sagging or deflated breasts
- Wish to improve the size and 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.
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 or text our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” form. Someone will contact you to make an appointment.
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