Jun 13 2019

Breast Augmentation for Athletes

Breast Augmentation for Athletes - Bethesda, MD

Saline breast implantsAccording to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast enlargement remains the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. There were 313,735 breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States last year. Thanks to breast augmentation with silicone and saline implants, patients can have fuller bustlines and more appealing figures.

Dr. Roger J. Oldham takes great care when designing a breast enhancement treatment for patients. The team at our Bethesda, MD cosmetic surgery center would like to consider how breast augmentation is tailored to the needs of athletes. Whether you play basketball or volleyball, do MMA or tournament martial arts, or if you’re a power lifter or climber, there are unique considerations that plastic surgeons must keep in mind.

Tailoring Breast Augmentation to a Patient’s Build

A good cosmetic surgeon always tailors a surgical procedure to the patient. With athletes, we have special considerations to keep in mind.

Many female athletes tend to have a leaner build and less breast tissue to work with. In these cases, it’s important that we ensure the breast implants used can achieve natural-looking results that complement her frame. For female athletes who have broader builds, we want to ensure that the breast implants add fullness that complements the proportions of the shoulders and the wideness of the chest.

Breast Implant Size

For most athletes who come to our Bethesda plastic surgery center, we typically recommend smaller breast implants. Regardless of the patient’s sport of choice, smaller breast implants have two important benefits:

  • The results of breast augmentation surgery will look more natural with smaller breast implants
  • The smaller breast implants will have less of an effect on an athlete’s movement, mobility, and athletic performance

Breast Implant Profile

The profile of a breast implant refers to how much the breast implant projects forward. Higher profile implants have more outward projection than lower profile implants.

If an athlete has a narrow chest, higher profile implants are ideal. They will increase the size and fullness of the breasts without making the breasts themselves appear too close together. For athletes with broader chests, lower profile breast implants will fill out the chest better and lead to more natural overall results.

Breast Implant Placement

There are two options for the placement and position of the breast implants themselves:

  • Subglandualr Implants - In subglandular placement, an implant is positioned above the pectoral muscle and beneath the mammary gland.
  • Submuscular Implants - In submuscular placement, an implant is positioned beneath the pectoral muscle and the mammary gland.

For the majority of athletes, submuscular placement is more ideal. With less breast tissue in place, the implant’s shape is better concealed by the pectoral muscle.

When Can an Athlete Return to Training and Competition?

This will vary from patient to patient based on the sport or activity they engage in. For most patients, at least a month off will be required before returning to a moderate exercise routine; after six weeks, a patient can return to all regular physical activity. During this recovery period, it’s important that patients give themselves time to fully recover.

During your initial consultation at our Bethesda cosmetic surgery center, we will go over the surgical process and the recovery timeline in greater detail. During post-op follow-up visits, we will note your healing progress and help you understand when you can return to training and then full activity and competition.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

For more information about breast implants and how they can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Oldham and his team can be reached by phone at (301) 530-6100.

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