Improving physical appearance is usually the main reason for getting breast implants. Exercising regularly is also an important way to help yourself look better.
But can you do both?
If you’re worried about how your breast augmentation will affect your fitness levels or have questions about know about breast implants might interfere with your workout routine, we can help set your mind at rest.
As women lose body fat by exercising regularly, many find that their breasts lose volume. If that applies in your case, you’ll be pleased to hear that just because you decide to have breast implants doesn’t mean you then have to give up working out, running, lifting, bodybuilding, or however you like to exercise.
However, your work out preferences may affect the size of the breast implant you select, the technique that your plastic surgeon uses, and your routine for a few weeks after your procedure.
Factors to consider when setting breast size expectations
When you’re selecting breast implants, which size to opt for is one of the main considerations. There are multiple factors that will lead you to your decision.
When it comes to size, you will want to consider:
- Your present cup size
- Your desired look – what, ultimately do you want to achieve from your implants?
- Your lifestyle – active or relatively sedentary?
- Your preferences – a natural look or an obviously-augmented appearance?
Your initial consultation with Dr. Lee is vital so that all these factors can be discussed and you can ask any other questions you may have about the procedure.
What happens during the breast augmentation procedure?
The breast implants can be inserted into the breasts using several different methods.
For women who work out, the method used is usually one of the following:
- Insertion in the inframammary fold under the breast. This means that the implant is very well hidden by the breast, which becomes larger with the implant and any eventual scarring is extremely well hidden. With this method, a small, one inch-or-less incision is made depending on the size of the breast implant and the skills of your surgeon.
- Insertion through the periareolar region around the nipple. This technique is sometimes used when the patient is undergoing a breast lift procedure (after weight loss or childbirth) at the same time as a breast augmentation.
Your surgeon, Dr. Lee will discuss which method to use during your initial consultation.
Can you still work out with breast implants?
Yes, after a short recovery period after your breast augmentation procedure, you will be able to resume normal physical activities, including sexual activity and going to the gym.
When can you go back to the gym after breast augmentation?
Women with active lifestyles will usually have to put any major activities on hold for one-to-two weeks after breast augmentation.
This will depend partly on your age and healing ability. It’s very important to follow the surgeon’s advice post-procedure and listen to your own body.
After returning home, you may be advised to do some light walking around the home or garden as this can improve circulation, aid healing, and prevent blood clots.
Generally, after one or two weeks, it’s possible to resume light cardio like walking uphill or on a treadmill.
After four weeks, you can usually begin lifting light weights again but it’s best to wait for at least six weeks before lifting heavier weights, doing chest exercises or engaging in high-intensity activity and sports.
Failure to provide adequate rest and recovery time can lead to trauma and complications with the breast implants so it’s very important to follow these guidelines for healthy healing.
A good general rule after your procedure is that if you feel any swelling or discomfort, stop doing the activity and give it a little more time before resuming it. Also, using a supportive sports bra while working out is advisable.
After your procedure, it can be a frustrating time for active women but it’s a temporary situation and within six weeks you can usually get back into your normal workout routine.
Do female bodybuilders get implants?
Female bodybuilders are often good candidates for breast implants.
The extreme workouts that they endure mean that body fat are greatly reduced and this often results in loss of volume to the breasts while upper and lower body muscles enlarge.
Breast augmentation is an effective way to restore balance and proportion to the body for female bodybuilders.
Can you feel implants under the muscle?
When implants are inserted into the breast, they are usually placed under the pectoral muscle where they are less visible in women with low body fat (like female bodybuilders) and less likely to suffer ripping.
Cosmetic surgery techniques with breast augmentation have been greatly refined over the years and, in most cases, this technique is most successful.
When positioned behind the nipple, half the implant will be under the pectoral muscle and half over the serratus muscle at the side and the rectus abdominis muscle below.
The implants will be squeezed by the muscle but this is normal and they are compressible anyway. This means that the implants can absorb muscle contractions, including those from weight lifting, bouncing, and movement from sports and running.
Some cosmetic surgeons may advise patients to routinely massage the implants so that they remain supple.
With breast augmentation using the under-the-muscle technique, it may be best to avoid strenuous chest exercises such as push-ups. Contraction places downward and outward pressure on the implants. This can result in the implants dropping or becoming displaced over time.
Considering breast augmentation in Calgary?
The Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery is here to help you achieve the body you want and to live with more confidence in your appearance.
We certainly don’t want you to stop working out after your procedure. In fact, after a brief recovery period as advised by your surgeon Dr. Lee, you can return to normal activities.
Make sure that you advise the doctor what type of activity you prefer to do and he will be happy to advise you about your breast implant sizing and procedure, as well as resuming activities after you return home.