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Will Breast Implants Interfere With My Athletic Performance or Exercise Routine?

Posted April 03, 2023 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants

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Are you wondering what impact breast augmentation will have on your performance in athletics, dance, or other physically demanding activities? 

If so, this is a great question to ask before undergoing the procedure.

Three athletic women sprinters face the camera while racing.

A qualified and reputable plastic surgeon will help you choose options that best meet your cosmetic goals and maintain your ability to perform rigorous physical acts or agile maneuvers.

Do Many Athletic Women Seek Breast Augmentation?

Athletic women tend to have less body fat than others, and because breasts are composed of mostly fat, they often see substantial decreases in breast size. While typically happy with their low BMI, some athletic women struggle with their sense of femininity and body image in this area.

Many female dancers and athletes seek breast augmentation only to restore their previous breast size. When the proper implant size is selected, implants which should not have a considerable impact on performance or exercise. 

Choosing Your Breast Implant Size

Here are three facts to consider before increasing your breast size when physical performance is a concern:

  1. The amount of volume you want to add to your breasts will play a primary role in the potential impact your implants have on your ability to move as you did before augmentation.
  2. To minimize the effects breast implants have on your physical agility, you will have to limit their size. A subtle increase in breast size is unlikely to interfere with your physical abilities. 
  3. An increase of more than a couple of cups can and will likely interfere with your performance.

Breast Implant Placement Options for Athletic Women

Breast implants are placed either below the glandular breast tissue but above the muscle (subglandular) or under both the muscle and glandular tissue (submuscular).

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Leaner female athletes with very little breast tissue may be advised to choose submuscular placement because this option will better cover the implants and prevent unnatural results or visibility. It is also preferred in many cases because it reduces the interference of breast implants on an active lifestyle.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

Some athletic women opt for subglandular placement to achieve a perkier look. This placement option may also be recommended for female weight lifters as the pressure on their chests while lifting may cause the muscles to squeeze the implants and possibly distort their appearance. 

Breast implant placement will be determined by weighing personal preference, lifestyle, and anatomy to provide the appropriate balance.

Physical Activity During Recovery From Breast Augmentation

While newer breast surgery techniques offer reduced downtime, following the surgeon’s instructions after augmentation is essential for proper healing and to help ensure excellent results. 

You’ll need five to seven days of rest, after which you can begin taking slow walks and resume other light lower-body workouts. 

Avoid chest exercises for two months or until your surgeon clears you to return to your regular workout routine.

After Breast Augmentation and Recovery

Once you begin training or exercising again after your breast augmentation recovery, it’s bound to feel a bit different. Don’t worry; as you get back into your normal routine, you will adjust to your new “center of gravity.” 

Breast Augmentation in Fresno, CA for Physically Active Women

Dr. Chin is a well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon committed to customizing plastic surgery procedures to meet the diverse needs of his Fresno, California, patients and those who travel for his expertise. 

Our plastic surgery practice is equipped with advanced 3D technology that allows you to see your potential results according to the size, shape, and placement options you choose.
The team at Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery welcomes you to schedule an in-depth breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Mark Chin to discuss your Fresno breast augmentation options. Call us today at (559) 382-9654.