What is Pectoral Etching?
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 board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Rolando Morales helps men in Houston and outlying areas like Houston, 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 result is a more defined look that accentuates the pectoral muscle.
Am I a Candidate for Pectoral Etching?
Candidates for a pectoral etching procedure are usually men who have tried to build, shape, and define their chest with diet, exercise, and weight lifting without seeing the results they want. The best candidates for pectoral etching also include older men who have a sagging chest or deflated chest from the effects of aging. Candidates should be in good overall health and committed to a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
"Two months ago I had a tummy tuck, lip and a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. He is a phenomenal surgeon and his staff is amazing! I highly recommend him and there is no one else I would let do any future surgeries on me other than Dr. Morales!"- K.D. / Google / Aug 14, 2020
"I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. I'm currently one month post op and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr Morales is an amazing skilled surgeon! I personally appreciate that not only is his knowledge in the industry top notch to include his staff are most helpful the entire practice but that they really puts their patients first and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Dr. Morales takes his time with his patients, he is kind and soft spoken, and allows you the patient to be the ones to ask the questions you need answers too. I did a lot of research in the Houston, TX area for a plastic surgeon that I felt I could trust. I am very pleased to have him as a doctor. I would really recommend him to anyone seeking to have a procedure. Dr. Morales and his staff also conduct a you tube video blog on some of the procedures he does. Check them out. You'd be surprised at what you learn prior to having a procedure done. Thanks for the ultimate 43thd birthday gift! Dr. Morales and Staff! You all are amazing!"- B.C. / Google / Aug 13, 2020
"I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Morales and he is an outstanding surgeon, you can tell he loves what he does. He really puts every ounce into each procedure to ensure that all of your wants in the outcome are what you are looking for. He was extremely informative as well as understanding, and reassuring from my consultation all the way up to my 8 week post op visit. Not to mention that his bedside manner is impeccable. Linda is also extremely informative, patient, and is amazing about getting answers to your questions in a very timely manner. All of his assistants are super sweet, and listen to your concerns. I could not have chosen a better surgeon and team!!"- M.M. / Google / Jul 07, 2020
"Works according to your body & needs, very natural tummy tuck results - Excellent service and results. Dr Morales works according to your body and needs, the results are very natural. He takes the time to explain you the process and listen to your needs. His staff is amazing! Claudia is very helpful with any questions that you have."- R. / RealSelf / Jun 18, 2022
"I had surgery with Dr Morales on 4/14/22 after losing 80lbs. My procedures include: extended tummy tuck with muscle repair, lipo to back, braline, flanks and my neck. I had a Bbl, and a breast augmentation; silicone implants. I knew right away during my consultation I didn’t want any other physician doing my procedure! He was thorough when examining me, and after I expressed concerns, he was very honest with me about procedures I did not need, and that’s what I love about him. Instead of just taking my money, he explained the why’s, and ultimately that’s something rare to find. His knowledge in all procedures, his bedside manner and great staff made me feel super comfortable from A-Z. Scheduling my procedure was a breeze. Linda, his patient coordinator, was very patient with me when scheduling my procedure, and was very prompt in responding to my emails. I went in for my pre-op appt about 2 weeks prior to my surgery. I saw his staff member Yaritza, who explained what I could expect post surgery, and was even given a bag of post surgery goodies! She was very patient with me when taking my pictures, as this was something that made me very shy. I was sized again for my breast implants to help me decide on my size. He came in with his assistant Claudia to reassure me about my size, discuss my procedure again in more detail and to let me know I was not alone. Going into the surgery center was a breeze! Instead of feeling anxious, I felt so comfortable. I was greeted by young lady named Christine who took my vitals and walked me Into one of the recovery rooms. She was very very sweet. I then saw the nurse Becky who started my iv. She was very knowledgeable and quick. I was seen by dr morales prior to my surgery to confirm all procedures, and have him mark me all up. :) I walked into the OR, and everyone greeted me in. The anesthesiologist was amazing, and heard my concerns about previous anesthesia. Post op days were not as bad as I thought! This was huge for me, as I am a mother of 4 and always on the go! Soreness here and there, but nothing I could not handle. Anytime I had questions, his assistant Claudia was quick to put me at ease!! She answered every message! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I went in for a one week post op, and was seen very quickly after checking in! I was greeted by an assistant named JJ who removed my drain. Very painless and she talked me through the entire thing. She stepped out, and during this time I was seen by His assistant Yaritza, same young lady who did my pre op consent appt. She wanted to say hello, ask how I was feeling, and instructed me on implant massages. Shortly after, the Dr came in with his assistant Avilene and Claudia. He explained what I was cleared to do and explained what he saw during the procedure. I was again, given a bag a post op supplies that I begin to use after week 1. Linda also stopped by to say hello! :) I return in 2 weeks and all I can say is HE IS AMAZING! Definitely, definitely recommend Dr Morales and his entire staff! They make you feel comfortable, at ease, and treat you like friends. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for my surgery needs! I hope they get a chance to read this, because they have all been superb."- L.P. / Google / Apr 21, 2022
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
- $7,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Pectoral Etching FAQs
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?
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?
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.