From body builders to triathletes, athletic women are in touch with their bodies. They train hard; they eat well and enjoy a lean and toned appearance as a result. The down side to this look can be the loss of girlish curves. For many of these women, breast augmentation surgery can look to be an attractive way of restoring some fullness to their figure. But there are also a multitude of concerns to consider. Surgery requires a long recovery time during which training can suffer. Even worse, many women believe that breast augmentation will permanently weaken the chest muscles, diminishing performance long term. Surgery also leaves scars that may be visible when wearing athletic tops. Fortunately, doctors and implant recipients have many positive things to say on the subject.
Implant and incision placement.
In general, doctors recommend that those with low body fat have the implant placed under the pectoral muscles since the appearance will be more natural.
There has been shown to be very little risk of an implant deflating or popping due to weightlifting or more aerobic activities such as kickboxing or tennis. Some doctors believe that exceptions to this guideline are women who participate in gymnastics or certain track and field events such as pole vault where forceful contraction of the pectoral muscles is experienced.
An implant incision under the armpit is rarely used on fitness enthusiasts where it might be visible when wearing sleeveless clothing. Alternatively, hiding the incision under the breast is likely a more comfortable alternative.
Recovery
Breast augmentation is known to be one of the most painful procedures and time needs to be devoted to the recovery process. Because it can be difficult for athletes to take time off, they must plan for this down-time.
Only your doctor can prescribe an individual recovery plan. In many cases, doctors allow their patients to return to cardio activities after a week of rest and recovery. While light weights can usually be added after about two weeks but women are advised to weight about twelve weeks until performing chest exercises.
Doctors differ in their views regarding weightlifting performance after breast augmentation. Some advise that bodybuilders should no longer train as hard as they previously did in this area. Others report that patients are able to fully return to previous levels of strength and ability following their recovery – even reporting that women can bench press as if they had never had implants. Despite these testimonials, testing has shown slight pectoral muscle weakness does occur.