Many active and athletic women desire the results offered through breast augmentation but wonder if implants will interfere with their lifestyle. The answer is: not at all. Women of all activity levels can get their ideal results with breast augmentation. There are, however, some things to consider before your surgery to ensure that your new implants allow you to maintain the lifestyle you love.
Breast implants come in all sizes, ranging from a subtle improvement to a major makeover. If you are an “active” person, such as an athlete or someone who participates in vigorous exercise and activity several days a week, then a major makeover procedure is likely not going to be the right one for you. More active women should choose implants that are small to moderate. Selecting implants that are “too large” can impede your movement and make specific exercises and activities more difficult, if not impossible. Additionally, if you have a smaller body frame, the added weight and volume of large breasts can interfere with your movements and become uncomfortable. While active and athletic women can have excellent results, you want to make sure that your implants will not affect arm movement, posture, or balance.
There are two choices when it comes to implants: silicone and saline. Although an active woman can choose either, silicone implants both look and feel smoother and more natural than saline. Saline implants are more prone to rippling, and those odds may increase with the more active you are, considering the constant movement to that area.
Breast implants can be inserted either above or below the pectoral muscle. For active women, subglandular placement (above the muscle) or submuscular placement (below the muscle) can be used, as either will allow for flexibility and the ability to participate in the activities you love.
Subglandular implant placement is recommended for female bodybuilders because this placement doesn’t affect the muscle function. With placement above the muscle, you will still be able to participate in your normal chest exercises without implant distortion during muscle flexing. Additionally, this placement allows for less downtime and pain during the recovery process, which allows bodybuilders to get back to their workout routines faster than submuscular placement.