Cosmetic Surgery Body Contouring Implant

Implant procedures exist for body contouring and enhancement. Both men and women take part in implant surgeries so that they can have bodies that give them more confidence. As a result, many people experience an increased quality of life after implant procedures.

A number of implants exist for many body parts, from breasts to buttocks to biceps to calves.

Types of Implants

Here’s some information on some of the more common types of implants:

  • Bicep Implants: Bicep implants add to increased fullness in the upper arm area and also create muscular definition. Both men and women get this surgery when they cannot achieve the toning they desire even after exercise and conditioning. Some people also elect this surgery after some types of injury.


    During bicep implant surgery, an incision is made. The soft silicone implant (which is custom cut) is inserted into the newly made pocket. The patient is stitched, a dressing is placed and the patient is advised not to lift for at least two days.


    Bicep implants are not as common as some of the other types of implant surgeries, so finding an experienced surgeon is important. Candidates should be in good health with realistic expectations and can expect to pay about $9,000 for the procedure.

  • Breast Implants: Breast implants enhance both the size and the shape of breasts. Although breast implant procedures aren’t new, they have become more refined. As a result, post-surgical results have greatly improved. Actual implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes and should be selected with the assistance of a doctor. Implants should be chosen based on personal preference for cleavage, size and profile.


    Good candidates for breast implants are women who are considered to be emotionally well-adjusted, in good health (those who eat well and are physically active) and who have realistic expectations about the surgery. A person can expect to pay between $4,000 and $10,000 for a breast implant procedure.

  • Butt Implants: The buttock implant is used to create a larger, shapelier rear end. During the procedure, the surgeon will usually make an incision where the cheek meets the back of the thigh. Another option is to make the incision down the buttock crease. Although this area carries more risk for infection, making the incision here will produce a less noticeable scar. After the incision is made, a pocket is created for the implant (which may be placed underneath the gluteus maximus muscle or above it).


    Good candidates for butt implants are at least 18 years old, in good health and are emotionally healthy. Also, it is best if the person has never had butt implants. Costs for the procedure vary, but $4,000 is a good estimate. Most insurance plans will not cover this type of cosmetic surgery.

  • Calf Implants: Calf implants are often desired by patients who wish to increase the volume and shape of their legs, as well as by those who wish to correct physical deformities resulting from injury or nerve disease (such as polio, club foot or spina bifida). Men usually wish to emphasize the bulk of the muscle, while women may seek anatomical balance.


    During the procedure, a doctor will place the calf implants into pockets that lie over the gastrocnemius muscles (muscles located in the lower legs). The surgeon will make small incisions in the creases behind the knees in order to make room for the enlargement. After the implant is inserted, the doctor will examine and measure the legs and will close the incisions.


    People who receive calf implants can usually resume normally activity in four to six weeks and should be in good health prior to surgery. Calf implants cost between $7,000 and $8,000.

  • Pec Implants: Pec implants are usually sought by males who are athletic and work out but who still cannot achieve the pectoral muscles they desire. Although the placement of solid silicone implants will enhance the bulk of the pectoral area, it will not improve actual muscle definition.


    In order to prepare for pec implants, patients are advised to stop their workout regime for at least one week prior to surgery (two weeks may be recommended). This will aid in post-operative comfort.


    Patients can expect to be heavily sedated or under general anesthesia during this procedure. During the surgery, the doctor will make an incision in the armpit and will use an endoscope to create a cavity below the pectoralis muscle (which will not be separated from the rib cage or breast bone). He will then insert the implant (which is flexible, durable and plastic) and close the incision with sutures.


    Patients can usually go home the day of surgery, and scars will fade in approximately four weeks. Good candidates for pec implants are healthy with realistic expectations. The approximate cost of pec implants is between $6,000 and $7,000.

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