For many men, having well-defined pectoral muscles is a goal that sometimes cannot be acheived even after spending hours in the gym. Their desire to have additional shape and definition often leads them into the hands of a plastic surgeon. As one of the area's highly skilled plastic surgeons, Dr. Morales helps men in Houston and outlying areas like Katy, TX gain confidence through pectoral etching surgery. Similar to abdominal etching, it uses liposuction to remove excess tissue from the breasts, but leaves a modest pad of fat to contrast the existing muscle. The best candidates for pectoral etching are men who cannot achieve their desired chest size with diet and exercise alone, or those who have a sagging chest or deflated chest from advanced aging.
"Great experience - I am overwhelmed with the experience with Dr Morales. He is the only doctor I had consultation with, prior to my surgery, and I made immediate decision to chose him as my plastic surgeon. He made me feel as comfortable as possible during every visit. The surgery went really well and I was given the best care by Dr. Morales and his team. I would definitely recommend anyone to chose Dr Morales. - - I am overwhelmed with the experience with Dr Morales. He is the only doctor I had consultation with, prior to my surgery, and I made immediate decision to chose him as my plastic surgeon. He made me feel as comfortable as possible during every visit. The surgery went really well and I was given the best care by Dr. Morales and his team. I would definitely recommend anyone to chose Dr Morales."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 23, 2017
"Finally...Boobs! - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is fantastic! Great bedside manner, very respectful. He has great staff as well! - - I have wanted breast implants since I was in college. I never really developed much, and although it didn't really bother me, clothes didn't fit the way they were supposed to fit. That got frustrating! I had two children (age 28 and 30) and we decided our family is complete. I breast-fed both of them for over a year each. I got a taste of what it was like to have larger boobs! Woohoo! And then... I stopped breast-feeding. My boobs got smaller...if that is even possible. I decided to have a consult when a friend of mine had a great result with Dr. Morales. I felt very welcome when I met everyone at the office. Pictures are weird...but a necessary evil with this type of procedure. I will say I loved that Dr. Morales didn't look at my chest while he was taking photos. He looked at the screen on the camera. It's small things like that that matter to me. I felt very comfortable after that. Trying on the fake sizes was very helpful! Fast-forward to the day of surgery! I was very anxious as this was my first time to "go-under". And I had been very hesitant because of pain. But I paid $300 extra for a different anesthetic to be used on me while I was in surgery. It was a 3 day pain relief I think..and it worked very well! I had very manageable pain, and my incisions never gave me any problems. Great placement too by the way! It took a few weeks for me to be able to wash my hair ( as expected). I am now 4 months post-op and I am so happy and would do this again in a heart-beat! My clothes fit as they should now and I think I look fantastic!"- 1. / RealSelf / Mar 06, 2017
"Breast revision/augmentation, 575cc to 800cc - Dr. Morales is the real deal.....Magnificent, young, a complete artist in the breast department. It is difficult to find a doctor who actually listens and tells you how it is, whether your expectations are unreasonable or if it can be done, always with pure professionalism. He takes his time, explains, research and works his magic. I couldn't be happier with my results, I knew the day I went to my initial consultation that I had found that one doctor. His staff is amazing, Linda, all of them are great and make sure you leave happy, never make you feel uncomfortable. Not only top doc, top notch! - - Had my initial breast augmentation 4 years ago, the results...well, one breast higher than the other which created the illusion of an even smaller breast, unevenness and much disappointment. Went back to my original "super experienced" plastic surgeon and his claim was "the problem is what you started with" if i remember clearly i never had a weird looking boob like that. Obviously, he talked and acted according to his dinosaur techniques. Also, the size of the implant wasn't what i expected, I am 5' 9'' broad shoulders, and the implants looked too small for my frame. After much research I found an excellent doctor, Dr. Morales. He had so many pictures and described his work in full detail, by far the best and thorough explanation of every single procedure. I went to see him, and decided on going big..800 cc from 575 cc originally. The results are amazing, he evened out my boobs and fixed imperfections I didn't even realize I had. Minimal pain, quick recovery, no scar tissue...nothing."- R. / RealSelf / Feb 15, 2017
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this. - - I decided to have a TT and lipo of the flanks, bra line, and back due to the fact that with age my body was getting fat deposits and losing tone. Walking and diet had not been able to take care of my torso area. I was getting “my mom’s body shape” and I knew that I didn’t look as good in my clothes as I would like.After I went for my consultation and paid for the surgery, I kept questioning myself on my decision. “Am I too old to go through this?” “Is this going to be worth it?” “Is this a waste of money?” I’m sure many of you have thought the same thing. I am so glad that I did go through with the surgery. Even though I still have minor swelling at a little over three weeks out, I am amazed at the difference in my body. I feel great and have had no major issues.My surgery was on a Tuesday. From the time I walked into the hospital, everyone was kind and caring and made sure that any questions I had were addressed. I stayed in the hospital the first night and I had a compression garment on that wrapped around me and Velcroed in place. Wednesday I went to a hotel since I lived four hours away and my doctor wanted me to stay close for a few days. Thursday my doctor sent a home health nurse to check my incision and answer any questions I might have. Took my first shower this day also. I had read that pinning the drains to an “exercise band” draped around your neck would help during shower time and it definitely worked great. Friday I came home after an appointment with the doctor to check on how things were going for me.10 days after surgery, I went back to the doctor to have my drains removed. I had heard stories about the pain associated with having the drains removed, but thankfully I had no pain at all. At this appointment, they also changed me from the wrap around compression garment to body suit type of garment. This new garment is like a body suit that goes from a bra at the top to my knees. It is like a girdle for the entire area and is a lot more comfortable than the wrap around garment.17 days after surgery they took the surgical tape off my incision. The stitches will dissolve. I now wear steri-strips over the incision. Day 30 I will go back and they will start doing scar therapy. My scar is already a VERY thin line and looks good.The pros for me have been many. I love my new shape. Even with a little of swelling still, I look a lot better in my clothes. I know my confidence will be helped also since I feel that I look better.The only cons I can even think of are the expense and being restricted on activities for now."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
Pectoral etching is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. The surgeon uses a small, tube-like device, called a cannula, to remove excess fat, and create a more visible definition of the pectoral muscles. The procedure can last between 1 and 2 hours. Following the surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment for 2 week to reduce bruising and swelling. Most patients return to work within 1 week of surgery. Routine exercise should be avoided for several weeks until the bruising and swelling has subsided.
Patients can expect to pay between $5,100 and $7,000 for pectoral etching surgery. The cost can increase depending on the additional costs for other cosmetic procedures, operating room, anesthesia and garments.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,100 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Pectoral Etching FAQs@headingTag>
Yes, some men choose the option to have pectoral implants. If patients do not have enough excess fat to sculpt, they have the option to receive pectoral implants. Patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to decide whether liposuction or implants are the best option.
Combine With Other Procedures?@headingTag>
Pectoral etching can be combined with other cosmetic procedures. Most men decide to combine pectoral and abdominal etching surgery to define their chest and abs. However, combining pectoral etching with other procedures will increase the cost of the surgery.
Can I Work Out?@headingTag>
Patients can return to routine exercise 2-3 weeks after surgery. Incisions in the chest need time to heal so bruising and swelling can subside. Wearing a compression garment can help speed up the recovery process.