Breast Augmentation for Athletes

Vishnu Rumalla Jan 12, 2020

A woman runningIt’s important that each cosmetic surgery procedure be carefully tailored to the needs of the patient. That’s why Dr. Vishnu Rumalla takes time to consider the goals a patient has and how they can best be met. This approach has made our practice a leading center for cosmetic surgery in the Fort Worth, TX area.

When professional or semi-pro athletes come to us for breast augmentation, we take great care considering how implants may affect performance as well as appearance. The team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery would like to consider some aspects of breast augmentation for athletes.

Unique Concerns for Athletes Getting Breast Implants

Aesthetics and athletic performance are both important factors when it comes to breast implants for women involved in sports.

Ideally, breast implants should look natural, complementing a patient’s existing curves while also enhancing them. Just as important, the breast implants should not have an adverse effect on athletic performance.

How an Athlete’s Body Type Affects Breast Implant Decisions

In general, athletes with a slimmer frame tend to benefit more from smaller breast implants with higher profiles (outward projection). This leads to natural results and ensures that the implants do not affect athletic performance. Athletes with broader shoulders and bigger frames tend to benefit from larger implants with lower profiles.

The patient’s cosmetic goals can also influence whether or not the implant goes under the pectoral muscle or above the pectoral muscle.

Are Silicone or Saline Implants Better for Athletes?

Neither are better per se. Each type of implant has their unique pros and cons when it comes to appearance and texture.

That said, saline implant ruptures are much easier to detect than silicone implant ruptures. This could be an important consideration for women involved in contact sports or combat sports. We can go over these matters in more detail when you stop by our Fort Worth practice for a consultation.

Exercise/Training After Getting Breast Implants

After undergoing breast augmentation surgery, patients will have to focus on rest and recovery. That means an interruption of a normal workout routine that can last a month, sometimes longer depending on the athlete’s training regimen. Patients will need to wait a while before getting back into heavy lifting, strenuous cardio, and intense strength training.

In the first days and weeks after breast augmentation, athletes will be able to walk as their sole form of exercise. This promotes circulation and prevents being totally sedentary. As the days progress, patients can up their physical activity levels.

We’ll offer a recovery and exercise timeline during the consultation process. We can also plan an ideal time of year for your surgery so it does not interfere with competitions, tournaments, or other important dates.

The Importance of Sports Bras and Supportive Undergarments

A good sports bra will be essential for support going forward. This can reduce sagging in the long run and ensures peak performance as you compete. Find a sports bra that doesn’t compress the breasts too much and feels comfortable when it’s on.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

If you would like more information about breast implants and how we can develop an ideal surgical plan for you and your needs, be sure to contact a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon. You can reach our office in Fort Worth by calling (817) 813-8307, our office in Southlake by calling (817) 741-6801, and our office in Keller by calling (817) 741-6800.

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