There is so much information to be found on women’s workouts and weight training but a topic that isn’t discussed enough yet continues to increase in popularity amongst women across the globe is breast augmentation. The content is available but from a personal perspective, there isn’t enough viable information for girls who lift and industry professionals who work with them. The misconceptions are endless. With years in the fitness industry, knowing many women who have made the decision to undergo the procedure and having three breast augmentations myself, I’d like to share some of my insight as it relates to fitness.
Over or under the muscle?
Most doctors will advise their patients to go under the muscle. This generally creates a more aesthetically pleasing, natural look. For women who train and tend to have more lean tissue with less body fat, over the muscle will definitely look more obvious but if you plan to continue directly training the chest this option may be the best choice. With implants under the muscle, it is normal to see the implants spread down and outward while contracting the pec muscles. Overtime, it is common to see the implant sitting out toward the armpit. Many medical professionals say it happens randomly but in my experience knowing and talking to many female lifters I have not seen a case where the implant migration doesn’t occur. Perhaps doctors aren’t considering how hard women are working out now.
This is a personal decision and has many factors. If you have more breast tissue you can get away with smaller implants or fewer CCs. CCs are cubic centimeters and are used to determine the volume or size of the implant. There is a greater chance that the implant will look less natural with the increase in CCs, especially if over the muscle. It can also become less comfortable to maintain natural movement and more difficult to maintain the full range of motion with an increase in size or larger amount of CCs. Another important point is the need to maintain ample support when doing any type of significant movement. Not only is it uncomfortable, it is also necessary to protect them from the force of gravity that is inevitable to everyone. The larger weight and size of the implant will create a greater need to increase support and possibly the number of sports bras. This is especially true with an over the muscle option.
Silicone or saline?
From 1992 to 2006, saline was the only option for women in the U.S. seeking breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons. Through various scientific studies it was determined that silicone is comparable in safety to saline filled implants and for this reason, it was once again available. One of the major advantages to the silicone gel filled implants is the softer, more natural feel when compared to saline. This is especially true when you are leaner. The silicone implant has the potential to create ripples underneath the skin that are sometimes visible to the eye and often to the touch.
Most doctors will tell you that breast implants have a general lifespan of ten to twenty years, at which point they should be removed or replaced. It isn’t uncommon that an implant ruptures. Silicone implants tend to rupture silently and generally take longer to detect than saline.
With the proper diet and workout routine, one can sculpt an amazing body but there are limits. As lean muscle increases and body fat decreases a woman will inevitably lose some of her breast tissue as she continues to improve her fitness and healthy lifestyle. Unlike the glutes you can’t create full, round breasts in the gym. Breast augmentation is the only option if you are unhappy with the size of your natural breasts but the decision to have surgery is not one to take lightly. There are risks involved and it is important to do your research and consult with your doctor to weigh all of your options. Keep in mind that an implant is something foreign and your body will choose to accept it or reject it. There are complications that can occur and be someone that works out regularly, training directly or around the chest, the probability of the body having issues with the implant will increase. With that in mind breast implants can balance out a lean body and can help increase confidence.
Cosmetic procedures continue to increase in popularity with each subsequent year. Out of the 1.7 million procedures done in 2014, breast augmentation was the most common. It is vital that fitness professionals are aware of the affects that the surgery can have on the exercise choices for their clients and possibly for themselves.