Some experts suggest that well-defined pectorals are a man’s counterpart to women’s aesthetically pleasing breasts. The pectoralis major is a large, fan shaped muscle. It sits just below the collarbone and accounts for the majority of a male patient’s chest. Many men strive to form prominent and chiseled looking pectorals through resistance training, and for some male patients lifting weights works sufficiently well to produce the desired results. There are some men who exercise regularly doing both cardiovascular and resistance training, and who also eat a balanced diet. Nevertheless they cannot achieve the definition they want in the pectorals. There are also congenital medical conditions that prohibit men from developing prominent pectoral muscles, and in some instances sever injuries from an accident can be the culprit. Plastic surgeons are able to correct and enhance the male chest by using pectoral implants. Just as in some breast augmentation surgeries, a silicone implant is used to give the chest its definition, and before surgery the patient will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Eisemann to select the appropriate shape and size of the implant. This plastic surgery procedure is performed under general anesthesia and lasts anywhere from two to four hours. Most pectoral implantations are performed using endoscopic surgical procedures that allow for much smaller incisions, less bleeding, and less bruising. Following pectoral implant surgery, men can expect a recovery period of several weeks. At first the patient may experience soreness, mild to moderate pain and some bruising. However, the patient will have pain management medications as required and follow-up appointments with Dr. Eisemann to make sure that everything is healing properly. Some patients also find that having liposuction as an adjunct to this surgery produces even better aesthetic results because the body sculpting done during liposuction makes the definition of the chest even better. Many men avoid coming in to discuss pectoral implants with a plastic surgeon because they feel having poorly defined pectorals is their fault or that they do not work out hard enough. This is not the case in the vast majority of men who consult with Dr. Eisemann. There are just some men who will not develop a well defined chest no matter how much weight training they do – it’s just genetics, and lots of men have this issue. The great news is it can be fixed with a fairly simple surgical procedure.