Athletic women tend to have lower body fat, and sadly, since our breasts are made largely from this substance, this can translate to a flat, barely-there chest that does nothing for a person’s confidence. Fortunately, breast implants can offer a safe, beautiful enhancement solution—but only if they’re done right.
You see, because of an athletic woman’s active lifestyle, careful considerations must be made before placing implants. Regular work on the pectoral muscles can cause implants to move out of place, ripple or take on a strange shape, and as athletic women generally have smaller frames, going too large with implants can also make it difficult to continue their usual workouts.
For these reasons, it’s crucial that athletes seeking breast implants in San Antonio thoroughly communicate their goals, lifestyle and needs to their surgeon before moving forward with a procedure. Their surgeon can discuss with them:
- Placement over the muscle vs. under it—The placement of implants under the muscle remains the most common site for breast augmentation. Subglandular, or the placement of breast implants under the breast and above the muscle, is not as commonly performed since there is an increased risk of capsular contracture with this method of augmentation. Athletes with thick pectoralis muscles will need to rest from their higher-level activities until the scar tissue has properly formed in order to prevent lateral displacement of the implants. This reduced activity is usually eight weeks. However, low-impact exercises (e.g., stationary bikes) can be started as early as three weeks after surgery.
- Size—Size is a choice that is relative to each individual woman’s physique. For instance, a 300 cc implant will look different on a 5’2” woman as compared to a 5’10” woman. The size that is chosen should be proportional to a woman’s body frame, and the larger sizes may make working out more uncomfortable. Choosing an implant that is too large can look unnatural on an athletic frame, and it could make going about your physical activities more difficult.
- Recovery—You’ll need to take it easy following your surgery, so hitting the gym, body building and doing CrossFit five times a week probably isn’t in the cards just yet. Your doctor will probably recommend you refrain from upper body workouts for awhile, and hydrating will be key as your body heals.
If you’re considering breast implants in San Antonio and are an athletic, active woman, schedule a consult with Dr. Elizabeth Harris today. She’ll ask you about your exact needs, goals and lifestyle, and help you devise a plan that works for your body and finances. Contact us today to set up your appointment.