The Ultimate Guide to Breast Augmentation for Active Women

Being active is a great way to keep your body healthy and aesthetically where you like it to be. However, while exercise can help you achieve certain body goals, and can hinder you if you want to have larger breasts. Fortunately, athletes are generally great candidates for breast augmentation surgery. You’re working hard for a body that you love, and you deserve to love every part of it.

Let’s discuss why breast augmentation is popular with athletes, what considerations you should make when choosing the type, size, and placement of your breast implants, and how to plan your surgery to work with your active schedule.

The Results of Exercise on the Female Breast

You can’t tone fat; you can only lose it. Because your breasts are made up of mostly fat tissue, the volume of your chest will be reduced when you exercise regularly and lose fat.

How much fat you lose depends on your body. Some women’s breasts will reduce in size immediately when they start to lose weight, while others lose their breast weight last and can maintain a slim figure while maintaining their chest volume. This is determined by your DNA.

What Type of Breast Augmentation is Most Popular With Athletes?

  1. Saline Implants
    Saline implants are inserted into the breast and then filled with a saline solution. They are typically easier to remove than silicone implants and are generally more firm than silicone implants. This firmness, when paired with reduced breast tissue, can feel slightly unnatural.
  2. Silicone Implants
    Silicone implants are typically the better choice for athletic women with little breast tissue. They can feel more natural-looking without the aid of natural breast tissue. These implants are pre-filled and inserted into the breasts with a large incision.

What’s the Difference Between Saline and Silicone Implants?

Saline implants are more affordable and require a smaller incision, but silicone implants tend to be more popular with athletes. This is because they can look more natural with less breast tissue and are leak-proof, which is essential for those who participate in contact sports.

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Which Breast Implants Create Results That Look More Natural?

Both silicone and saline implants can achieve a natural look and feel, depending on your preferences. As mentioned, silicone implants generally appear more natural on athletes and offer added practicality for those involved in sports.

Where Should You Have Breast Implants Placed?

The placement of your breast implants depends on the amount of breast tissue you already have.

1. Under the Muscle
The default placement for breast implants in athletic women is to put them under the muscle. This is because the implants will be less noticeable if you only have limited breast tissue.

Placing the implants under the muscle means a longer recovery time and the slight risk that the implant could move or change shape when the muscle is contracted during exercise.

2. Over the Muscle
You can place your breast implants over the muscle if you have enough breast tissue to accommodate it. This comes with a shorter recovery time, but the risk is that if you don’t have enough breast tissue, it could be more noticeable that you have implants.

Are Smaller Implants Better For Active Women?

The size of your implants will depend greatly on your lifestyle. There are many sports and exercises that won’t be impeded at all by larger breast sizes. However, if you participate in sports like golf or tennis, where your breasts could be in the way, smaller implants may be a better idea.

Consider the kinds of motions and activities that you do on a regular basis and use that information to decide whether larger or smaller implants are right for you.

5 Key Considerations For Breast Implants For Athletic Women

  1. Lifestyle Considerations
    It’ll be helpful to think about your schedule and write it down a few weeks before your consultation with your doctor, making a special note of all of the physical activities that you regularly perform. That way, you can both discuss any considerations that need to be made while planning your breast augmentation surgery.
  2. The Timing of the Surgery
    If you are planning to participate in any competitions or physical challenges, you will want to plan your surgery around them and take into account the time it will take you to recover.
  3. Choosing the Right Size of Implants
    Choosing the right size of implants will be essential to your comfort. You will want to decide on a size that won’t get in the way of your regular activities and any sports you play.
  4. Choosing the Right Type and Placement of Implants
    Consider the type of placement of the implants that will work best for you and your active lifestyle. You will want to choose the material and placement that will make you feel the most comfortable and look and feel the most natural.
  5. Recovery Time
    Breast augmentation requires a period of recovery in which you won’t be able to participate in high-impact exercises and sports. It’s essential to take into account the time of your surgery and the recovery period to ensure that you will be able to avoid these activities while you heal.

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When Can You Start Exercising Again After Breast Augmentation?

You will need to discuss with your surgeon when you can begin exercising again. Typically, cardio exercises will need to wait a few weeks and heavy lifting or intense cardio should be avoided for at least four weeks. When you’re ready to resume your regular activities, your surgeon will clear you for it.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Mazaheri

Do something for you. Schedule a breast augmentation consultation today with the premier board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, Dr. Mazaheri. In your consultation, you’ll discuss what size, type, and placement of breast implants will be right for you and get any questions you may have answered. Our dependable team at Dr. Mazaheri will assist you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to your recovery.


What Types of Breast Implants Should Bodybuilders Get?
The most popular breast implant option for bodybuilders is silicone.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Enhancement?
In general, anyone who is in reasonably good mental and physical health can be a candidate for breast implants.

What is the Recovery Period Like for Breast Augmentation?
Typically, the recovery period for breast augmentation is around four to six weeks.

What Type of Breast Augmentation is Most Popular with Athletes?
The most popular type of breast augmentation for athletes is silicone implants that are placed underneath the muscle.

Can Athletes Have Breast Augmentation?
Yes. Athletes will just have to take their physical activities into account when planning their breast augmentation.

Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri, MD, PC

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Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri

Dr. Mazaheri is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After more than sixteen years of education and advanced training, Dr. Mazaheri opened his Scottsdale practice in 2003. He is a thorough and experienced surgeon with a strong focus on achieving patient needs. Dr. Mazaheri’s areas of specialty include breast and body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, mastopexy, tummy tucks, liposuction and other body sculpting procedures. He and his friendly staff will only recommend procedures that will help you achieve your desired results. Focusing on your needs both before and after a procedure is Dr. Mazaheri’s top priority.

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