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Procedures and Techniques For Bicep and Tricep Implants and Transplants

Aug 11, 2008
The popularity of both transplants and implants to help accentuate a person's bicep and tricep muscles has been very noticeable during recent years. It might be that an exercise regime has been successful on most parts of the body but the biceps or triceps have been unreceptive. Alternatively, it could be that, because of illness or injury, those particular areas have been weakened and are now conspicuously less pronounced than others. Or perhaps, simply, aging or genetics have played an inevitable role.

For most cosmetic surgeons, the transplanting of fat has been the best means of increasing volume in the specific muscle but, during the past decade, body implants have become a common alternative.

In the case of fat transplants, it is most common for the fat cells employed to be taken from the buttocks, stomach or thighs of the patient. This is usually performed by liposuction. After this process has been carried out, the surgeon will subsequently process and purify the cells, sometimes spinning them, before injecting them into their new position in the body. Because it is most probable that up to 60% of all the transferred cells will not survive for longer than three or four days after the procedure, the surgeon will 'overfill' the relevant area. For this reason, and several others, it is quite possible if, for example, a patient has two bicep transplants, for them to appear asymmetrical because it is impossible to predict how the cells will react to this procedure.

It is also difficult to predict with any degree of accuracy how long a fat transplant might remain successful; it could be anything from one or two years to a lifetime. However, because the surgeon is only operating with the patient's own specific fat cells, the procedure is totally biocompatible and non-allergenic - this on its own can be a major comforting factor to most patients.

The bicep and tricep implant procedures have become amongst the most common body implants, especially amongst men. The procedure can be performed with the patient awake or under a general anesthetic. Bicep and tricep implants generally follow a similar pattern in that an incision is made in a fairly inconspicuous position on the upper arm or armpit. Of course, most people are more happy with this approach and reputable surgeons with any credibility and experience will always talk patients through different stages of the procedure.

The surgeon is then able to shape a 'pocket' into which the implant is inserted and carefully positioned, inside a soft tissue area of muscle and fat. Bicep and tricep implants can be of various sizes and shapes and are generally manufactured using soft silicone. They can be 'custom-made' to suit the patient's anatomical shape and an individual patient might require more than one implant to achieve the desired result.

Apart from the usual possible side effects of surgical procedures, there is a slight risk of asymmetry with this kind of implant surgery, along with muscle or nerve damage (usually temporary), or numbness and possible implant shifting after the operation.
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This article May be used on other sites but this resource box and all live links MUST be left intact Andrew Long writes for a series of websites about surgery related issues. A main area of content covers many news articles around surgical procedures including those about Bicep Implants and Tricep Implants
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