Men can achieve the look of a muscular chest with silicone pectoral implants. Pectoral implants are widely used by body builders, actors, models, and many men who work outside of the entertainment industry. For men who have difficulty building large muscles in this area, implants are a safer alternative to steroids. As an elective procedure, these implants are not covered by insurance, so the costs can be quite high. In the US, the cost of prosthetic pectoral muscles is about $13,000. In the UK, the cost is around £7,000. Patients can save money on cosmetic procedures by finding a licensed plastic surgeon overseas.
In Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia, the cost of pectoral implants is only $2,500 or £1,700. Plastic surgeons in Latin America are experienced and highly skilled; many doctors hold medical degrees from schools in the US and UK. Because plastic surgery is so popular in Latin America, patients will find plenty of doctors who perform pectoral implants. Before surgery, the doctor and patient will discuss the patient's goals and preferences. Most doctors and nurses speak English, so patients will be able to communicate with confidence. After the procedure, doctors will be available to perform follow-up exams and teach the patient how to care for the wounds. Scarring is minimal, but doctors can prescribe special ointments that reduce redness. Total healing time can be several weeks, during which the patient is advised to avoid activities that strain the chest muscles. Silicone pectoral implants look and feel very natural, and patients can easily have them replaced or removed if they want a new look.