Breast Augmentation for Athletes: What Should You Consider? By Gregory Mesna on November 29, 2016

A woman stretchingThere are many ways to enhance your curves a create a shapely figure. One of the most popular methods is breast augmentation surgery. We have performed countless breast enlargement procedures on patients from around the Minneapolis area, and routinely achieve great results thanks to our careful tailoring of a surgery to the needs of the patient.

Body type can affect many decisions when it comes to placing breast implants. That's especially true when the patient is extremely muscular, fit, or athletic. Let's consider some of the concerns that go into breast augmentation surgery for athletic women.

Breast Augmentation Is Different for Athletic/Muscular Women

All people are built differently, and when it comes to athletes, that's definitely the case. Women who exercise a great deal might have very slight, muscular frames . For women who lift a lot or do strength training, they may have broader frames because of their added muscle mass. In terms of appearance, they differ from an average woman who doesn't exercise at the same level.

The change in body type and muscle mass can have a unique affect on the results of a breast augmentation surgery. In fact, the presence of extra muscle or knowledge that a patient is an athlete does alter some approaches to performing breast augmentation surgery.

Considering Breast Implant Size and Shape

As with all breast augmentation procedures, the size and shape of the breast implants need to be considered.

For women who have slimmer frames but are very fit and muscular, it's important to consider implants that complement their looks rather than implants that may be too large to seem natural. The same must be consider with women who are very muscular and have pronounced pectoral muscles. The implant size and shape can sometimes be too apparent if they are very large.

Subglandular or Submuscular Implant Placement?

This is one of the most important concerns when it comes to breast implants for athletes. There are two ways of placing a breast implant relative to the mammary gland and the pectoral muscle:

  • Subglandular – Subglandular breast implant placement means that the implant is situated beneath the mammary glannd and above the pectoral muscle.

  • Submuscular – Submuscular breast implant placement means that the implant is placed below the mammary gland and also beneath the pectoral muscle.

There is some debate among surgeons about implant placement for athletes. While submuscular implant placement can yield good results, there is a chance of the implants become deformed or rupturing as a result of strenuous exercise. Of course, your exercise routine, individual physiology, and other factors will help determine what kind of implant placement is most ideal.

Silicone or Saline Breast Implants?

A key choice in all breast augmentation surgeries, athletes will have to weigh the risks and benefits of silicone and saline implants. Silicone looks and feels more natural, though leaks/ruptures of the implant can take time to detect. If a saline implant ruptures, it can be detected quickly; saline implants can also be placed through smaller incisions and even hidden incisions.

Tailoring Treatment to Your Needs

There are so many options to keep in mind with regard to breast augmentation surgery, which is why working with a skilled surgeon is so crucial. During your consultation process, we will assess your situation and your needs, and then offer insight into the ideal approach to your procedure. By tailoring treatment to you, we can improve the overall results of breast augmentation surgery.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how it can be tailored to meet your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. We will carefully tailor your treatment to your needs so the results look natural and flattering.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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