Athletes and Breast Implants

Plastic Surgery and SportsWith all the rumors of Rio Olympics Australian hurdler, Michelle Jenneke and Breast Implants– Did she or didn’t have cosmetic surgery to improve her “bosom”?

That answer is for Ms. Michelle to disclose to the public, but regarding her being so athletic and to possibly have breast implants? Is it even recommended?

Some athletic women may consider whether special considerations come into play given their rigorous activities or training. Jenneke is a great example to all physically active females considering a Breast Enhancement. Women who work out desire the volume of having nice Breasts but hesitate due to their lifestyle. With the variety of Breast Implants on the FDA approved list there are many to fit the diversity of each women’s body type. Believe it or not, Breasts do NOT all look the same. Each implant has different styles, there are some with more projection appearance, while some are broader at the base. Your choice of surgeon has a lot to go into play with your Breast Implant placement, scar, and recovery. It is always best to do some homework and choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery states, “When discussing with a female athlete her choice of implant, size and placement, all definitely matter!” Given the type of physical activity they do, you wouldn’t want to go too big or too wide and hinder their performance. It is a huge consideration whether to place the implant above or below the pectoralis muscle. Being thin and active, implant placement below the muscle might benefit you better to reduce seeing rippling or edging of the implant.

The scar is usually the next big question for active women. Most women want their scars hidden and unseen to the naked eye. While a surgeon can’t completely eliminate a scar, they can minimize the visibility and hide the placement of the scar. There are many different options to scar placement, discuss with your surgeon the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

Lastly, recovery is also a HUGE part of a Breast Augmentation. As an athlete, you MUST discuss your basic training schedule. Your surgeon can estimate how long you may need to discontinue your training or possibly train lighter. Give realistic consideration to whether you are okay with taking a week or two off, sometimes longer. If you are a body builder it could be months before your surgeon recommends you lift weights in fear it could interfere with the healing of your implant placement.

Being athletic is about working out and feeling good, and if that considers implants, go for it!