An active lifestyle is important to many women who use cardiovascular activity or weight training to enhance their health, keep unwanted weight off, and increase their self-esteem and confidence. Some women even make this into a career by pursuing jobs in gyms, as class instructors, as healthy lifestyle consultants or as competitive athletes. If you are a woman with a very active lifestyle and you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you may be wondering if the two can co-exist. The fact is, there are many very active women who get a breast augmentation. The key is to work with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Zochowski who will do a thorough consultation with you to find out about your lifestyle. A knowledgeable doctor will help you choose the right size, shape, type, and placement of your implant so that it won’t negatively impact your lifestyle. Here are some of the things the two of you should discuss before making any decisions.
How active are you? There is a big difference between going to the gym three or four days a week to walk on the treadmill and being a competitive CrossFit athlete. There’s also a difference between a schedule that features heavy weight-lifting and one that involves intense swimming, running, or any type of jumping activity. It’s helpful to write down your schedule for a few weeks before your consultation with the doctor, making special note of any physical activity you normally do. You should also include any information on any changes in physical activity you plan in the future. Some women make decisions about augmentation today without considering their lifestyle plans in the future, leading to dissatisfaction with their implants.
The Timing of the Surgery
If you are planning any competitions or physical challenges in the near future such as a marathon, a CrossFit competition, a basketball tournament, or other any vigorous event, you need to consider this when planning your surgery. Though swelling and bruising will subside during the first two weeks of recovery, Dr. Zochowski advises patients to avoid any cardio exercise for a few weeks and wait at least four weeks to lift heavy weights or perform intense cardio activity. Postponing competitions until you are fully healed is necessary to ensure you don’t hurt yourself or damage your implants. If you have to train or prepare for a competition, it’s usually best to wait until after the competition is over to have your surgery.
Choose the Right Size of Implants
It should come as no surprise that getting implants that are too large will have an impact on your active lifestyle. Very active women normally have low amounts of body fat, especially in their chest walls. Getting large implants are not only cumbersome but also unnatural in appearance. When you consult with Dr. Zochowski, he will examine your frame, measure your fat composition, and make suggestions on what size of implant would look and function best for you. It is very rare that active women choose anything over a C implant for their augmentation.
Choose the Right Type and Placement of Implants
Dr. Zochowski offers both saline and silicone implants. As the new silicone ‘gummy bear’ implants have the most natural look and feel, he normally recommends them for his patients with an active lifestyle. He also recommends a teardrop shape, as these tend to have the most natural appearance. Placement of the implant is also vital. Dr. Zochowski almost always recommends placing the implant under the pectoral muscle for active women. Not only does this have a more natural appearance, but it also provides more support during cardio activity and has little to no effect on mammogram screening. Placement under the muscle should also not affect a woman’s ability to do upper chest or shoulder exercises and should have no effect on her strength level.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation with Dr. Zochowski
Having a consultation with a compassionate, caring plastic surgeon such as Dr. Zochowski will ensure that the decisions you make regarding your breast augmentation surgery will not hurt your active lifestyle. Dr. Zochowski has helped hundreds of women achieve the body shape they desire without any negative consequences on the lifestyle they enjoy. If you’d like to learn more about incorporating a breast augmentation into your active, busy schedule, book your consultation today!