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Plastic Surgery

Body Implants for Men

A common concern for many men who visit California Skin Institute is their inability to develop certain muscle groups, especially the chest. They exercise regularly, eat healthy and have even tried working with numerous fitness trainers – but even though their strength improves significantly, the muscle volume lags behind. The lack of size in the pectoral muscles is especially troubling for many individuals, as a large, broad chest is often perceived as the symbol of masculinity and strength.

To help male patients who are simply not able to build up muscle mass, California Skin Institute can use a variety of body implant techniques to enhance certain muscle groups; like the pectoral muscles, abdominal muscles and biceps.

Why Muscles Don’t Grow

There are several reasons why some individuals cannot achieve their desired muscle size; but mainly these include heredity, and the inability to perform certain exercises.

Heredity plays a major role in your physique and your ability to sculpt a certain body shape through exercise. Certainly, routine exercise and proper diet can produce improvements, but your internal biological processes may simply prevent you from achieving the sculpted muscular appearance you desire.

Other patients choose body implants because a previous injury makes it difficult to exercise some parts of the body effectively. For example, due to injuries in the wrists, they may not be able to use free weights – making it more difficult to target pectoral muscles or biceps. Or, they may have problems increasing the total weight in their exercise routine because of shoulder or elbow problems. This leaves such patients stuck with mediocre results not because they don’t want to exercise harder, but because they simply can’t do so without exacerbating previous injuries. In such cases, body implants may also be a viable solution.

How Body Implant Surgery is Performed

Body implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and must be carried out by an expert surgeon in order for the outcomes to look natural. One of the biggest concerns new California Skin Institute patients have is whether the muscles will look and feel real after the surgery.

At California Skin Institute, we go to great lengths to produce natural-looking (and natural-feeling) outcomes for our patients.

To achieve a natural effect, California Skin Institute surgeons will typically insert the pectoral body implant under the muscle itself. This technique creates a more natural look and anyone who touches your chest will be touching the actual muscle – not the implant.

However, when performing pectoral implant surgery, it is also important to minimize scarring as much as possible. Highly visible scars can diminish the overall aesthetic appearance, or worse, act as a “giveaway” that you’ve had surgery performed in the area. To avoid this issue, California Skin Institute surgeons make the pectoral body implant incision in the armpit area, and position the entire implant through this relatively small opening. This approach keeps the scarring much more discreet, so that the final outcomes appear more natural.

Most patients need several weeks to recover from the surgery and effectively engage in everyday activities. More time is typically needed for a full recovery that includes the ability to play sports.

Your Body Implant Appointment

When visiting California Skin Institute for a consultation, your surgeon will carefully assess your overall physique and muscle shape to determine the best course of action. He or she will then discuss with you the implant size options, which muscle groups you’d like to target, any desired sculpting effects, and will provide you with additional details about the surgery and how it may affect your specific situation.


Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.

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