Men who want to improve, enlarge, or shape their upper chests can do so with hard work and exercise. Or, they can improve it with pectoral implants. But are pectoral implants safe? This article will go over some of the potential dangers involved with this type of implant.
Getting pectoral implants means having surgery. Any surgery, no matter how routine or simply, involves risk. The most common complication with this type of surgery is post-surgical bleeding. Usually the hematoma results in a large bruise that goes away after one or two weeks. In very rare occurrences the bleeding will collect and need medical intervention.
Fortunately for men, pectoral implants do not contain the risk of leaking or rupturing, which is known to happen with women. However, there are reports of pectoral implants slipping from their original place of implantation.
Doctors will do the best they can to make the placement of each implant line up, but mistakes happen. When these mistakes happen, the implants will not be symmetrical, and look quite odd because of this.
Complications From Anesthesia
Some men react negatively to anesthesia. Complications of this sort can range from mild all the way to death. The most common reactions to anesthesia are nausea and/or dizziness. Fortunately, these symptoms are temporary and wear off fairly quickly.
It is possible that an infection may occur at the surgical site. Doctors will tell their patients what a potential infection may look like, and when they will need to seek medical help for the infections. It is important to watch for signs of infection and to treat them immediately because untreated infections can turn deadly in rare occurrences.
Any time the skin is surgically opened there is a risk for scarring. Most of the time the openings will heal invisibly or almost invisibly. Be aware, though, that there may be scars that will always be visible. Men who tan may show these scars more easily than men who do not.
Some men have reported experiencing numbness of their upper, inner arms. This may be the result of a nicked nerve or from irritation caused by the implant. Men who feel numbness should report this finding to their doctors right away.
Choosing the right doctor is an important step in preventing the risks discussed in this article. Look for a doctor who is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Residents of the United States will want to look for doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
When possible, research reviews from prior patients of any doctors you are considering using. Realize that not everyone will be a satisfied customer, but look for patterns when reading any complaints.
Doctors will provide patients with a list of instructions after the surgery is complete. It is important for patients to follow those instructions to prevent any other possible risks.
When compared to breast implants for women, men actually have far fewer complications to be concerned with. However, being educated on the risk will make the decision to get pectoral implants easier to make.