It’s incredibly disheartening to dedicate months to working out and not see any results. It’s an unfortunate fact that some people find it much harder to build muscle mass than others.
Ocean Clinic Marbella now offers breast, gluteal, pectoral and calf implants, enabling you to create the physique you desire. Read on to discover how implants can give you the broad chest and strong legs you’ve always wanted.
Chest Implants (Pectoral Implants)
Many men wish to have larger, more defined pecs but find they are unable to achieve this through lifting weights. Pectoral implants are designed to change the contours of the chest and are made of a soft but solid silicone that mimics the look and feel of real muscle.
Pec implants can be inserted via a small incision in the armpit, meaning it is not necessary to create scars on the chest itself. The armpit, with its natural folds and hair growth, presents the ideal place to hide the incisions and ensures the procedure is highly discreet.
A highly natural appearance is created by inserting the implants between the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles, which hides the outline of the implant. The surgeon will create a carefully sized “pocket” in which to put the implant, symmetrically placed on either side of the chest. This holds the implants firmly in place and ensures they remain above the inframammary fold; important for maintaining a manly appearance.
None of the muscle is damaged after pectoral augmentation, although it will be stretched initially. As the body heals, a “capsule” of collagen will be formed around the implants, which further prevents dislocation.
It is necessary to abstain from exercise for around six weeks post-op but after that light cardiovascular exercise can be resumed. After 12 weeks patients are able to return to body-building exercises. The chest can still be developed naturally through weightlifting, despite the implants being in place.
Pain post-op is well managed with painkillers but it is advisable to factor in a week of downtime. You will also be unable to drive for a week or lift your arms above your shoulders for around 10 days while the incisions are healing.
As well as enhancing underdeveloped muscles, chest implants can also be used to provide aesthetic correction in patients who have asymmetry (uneven chest) or other abnormalities of the chest wall, such as pectus excavatum or Poland Syndrome.
Skinny legs can be the cause of much embarrassment for men. Often they will be too uncomfortable to wear shorts, preferring instead to suffer in Spain’s heat. Lack of calf development is especially noticeable for men who work out and have achieved upper body bulk, causing them to look top heavy and unbalanced.
Tall men, too, may feel extra conscious about thin, unshapely legs. Lack of calf muscle can be genetic (if your father has skinny legs, you may too) or may be caused by a health condition or injury. In some patients, calves are asymmetric, with one side bigger than the other.
Calf implants can be used to either create a more proportioned leg (single implant) or a leg that appears more muscular and defined (two differently sized implants in each leg). The implants are made of soft but solid silicone that replicates muscle and are available in a range of shapes and sizes.
Your surgeon will take measurements that will enable them to suggest an appropriate implant for your body and aesthetic goals. The style may be limited by the tightness of your muscle or amount of existing tissue. These factors will also influence the placement - either beneath the calf muscle (submuscular augmentation) or on top of the muscle but beneath the tough fibrous fascia that surrounds it (subfascial augmentation). The fascia is a very tight and strong layer covering the muscle and will both hold the implant in place and camouflage its edges.
For both methods the implants are inserted through a two inch incision in the crease at the back of the knee. While this will be visible at first, the scars should heal to be largely unnoticeable. The results achievable with calfplasty are highly satisfactory, while implants do not inhibit any form of sporting activity.
Patients must, however, wait eight weeks to return to running and 12 weeks before resuming any vigorous leg exercises (lifting weights). For the first couple of days of your recovery, your legs will feel as if they have run a marathon and you may need crutches to help you get around. It is therefore advisable to take a week off work.
Ready to shape your perfect physique? Contact Ocean Clinic Marbella for a free consultation.