Whether in parks, on pavement, trails, or treadmill, you love running, maybe competitively, burning calories like crazy. Your high basal metabolism burns still more calories sitting at a desk than the non-runner next to you. As a result, you may also burn body fat with streamlined efficiency, however, you may have noticed that your breasts are looking smaller since they’re made primarily of epithelial tissues and fat.
Some women are fine with a sleek athletic body, but you, along with many female runners, may feel a bit self-conscious about breasts that seem disproportionately small. Maybe you long for some curves to fill out your clothing in the right places.
A breast augmentation may boost your confidence, and Dr. Tim Sayed can help you make the right decision, resulting in a new bustline that enhances your athletic build.
The following considerations allow you to explore the basic breast augmentation options for female runners.
The Right Size of Implant for Your Running Lifestyle
Have you feared that breast augmentation will make running awkward or painful? Selecting the right size of implants is vitally important in addressing this issue. You don’t have to sacrifice a flattering figure for your passion for running.
When implants crowd the natural swing of the arms during a run or other cardio workout, the implant is too large and can cause back pain and awkwardness in running mechanics. Dr. Sayed will find the optimal cup size for your chest proportions to ensure a comfortable stride.
Implant Placement Above or Below the Chest Muscles?
While often implants are placed below the chest muscles (submuscular placement), Dr. Sayed may prefer a subglandular placement above the muscles for runners. This preserves both chest muscle strength and tone for athletic women. Subglandular placement carries an additional benefit of a shorter recovery after the surgery. However, certain under-the-muscle approaches may be preferable for individual body types and lifestyles.
Are Silicone or Saline Implants Better for Running?
The vast majority of women who get breast augmentation choose silicone implants, especially with the newer improvements in consistency and construction. Dr. Sayed agrees and finds that silicone implants provide a more natural display in harmony with the movements of most runners.
Allow Time for Your Procedure
If you need intensive training for an upcoming race, you’ll want to plan your surgery for after the event. For the first two weeks after your breast augmentation, you’ll be limited to short walks of low-intensity. Typically, you’ll need four to six weeks before beginning to re-establish your normal training or fitness regimen.
Dr. Sayed will let you know what you can expect during each phase of your recovery to enable you to maximize this intimate and personal investment in yourself. He is an experienced double board-certified plastic surgeon, proud to call his methodology, “aesthetics done right.”
Contact us with your questions about your breast augmentation at 858-247-2933 for our Newport Beach and San Diego offices.