Running burns calories. Aside from the energy required for runs themselves, regular runners tend to see boosted metabolisms and higher calorie burning rates throughout the day. As your body consumes these calories, it often turns to fat stores to supplement energy. While fat-burning can be the top reason people turn to running, some fitness routines inadvertently cause women’s natural, fatty breast tissue to shrink.
As some women become more avid runners and see their body’s changes, they love their more androgynous, slimmer body contour. But just as often, women may become self-conscious about their breasts, worried they look too small or disproportionate. Breast augmentation offers the ability to restore your confidence and get the fuller breasts you want. Dr. Armijo will work with you one-on-one to be sure you get results you love – and that don’t interfere with running.
1. Implant Size
Again and again, our runner patients tell us they’ve put off getting implants due to fear of bigger breasts becoming an issue. Some fear increased back pain; others worry implants could become misshapen or rupture during an intense run. Then there’s the worry that enhanced breasts will require you to change how you move your arms or accommodate your chest when running.
Though these are legitimate concerns, breast implants are more scientifically advanced than ever. By choosing the right implant size, even top competitive runners can reap all the benefits of breast augmentation.
During your consultation, Dr. Armijo will record chest and breast measurements to help establish what implant size will suit your desired outcomes best. Together, you will discuss what possible cup sizes would be most comfortable when running while still creating your ideal contour.
2. Implant Type
In general, Dr. Armijo recommends runners consider silicone implants as their top choice. Overall, around three-fourths of breast augmentation patients choose silicone. Silicone’s durable and versatile nature creates a very natural look and mimics the feeling of breast tissue. That’s what makes it such an excellent choice for runners, as even when you’re at top speeds, your breasts will both look and feel great.
3. Implant Placement
Dr. Armijo has the option of placing your implants either above (subglandular) or below (submuscular) the chest muscles. Each option poses different benefits depending on your needs and aesthetic goals.
For runners, Dr. Armijo generally prefers submuscular placement under the pectoral muscles. This placement provides a natural look and feel for women who do regular cardio. Extra cushioning from the chest wall muscles helps a lot with long-term implant support. However, if you are a regular weightlifter, subglandular placement may make a better fit.
4. Finding the Right Time
Finding the right timeline for breast augmentation is another one of the most important factors for our running patients. Especially if you run competitively, your race training can provide an excellent guideline for the timing of your surgery. Dr. Armijo often recommends scheduling your augmentation just after running a race. This approach makes your new breasts seem like a prize for achieving your goals. Plus, it allows your recovery from the race to coincide with the healing process.
During the first two weeks post-op, you’ll most likely only be able to walk for short, low-intensity distances. Usually, it takes four to six weeks after surgery for the body to heal before resuming your regular training routine.
5. A Board-Certified Surgeon Serving Women Runners
Finding the right surgeon is the single most important breast augmentation decision you’ll make. When you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Bryan S. Armijo, you ensure your doctor provides the highest level of safety, quality, and care. Dr. Armijo has special expertise in breast-related surgeries like breast augmentation, lifts, reconstruction, and reduction.
He has worked with many runners and athletes and can help you make an informed decision about every aspect of your breast augmentation process. From implant size, type, and placement, to the scheduling of your surgery, we can help you work out what is best for your lifestyle. Our team will help you get the most out of this considerable investment in you.
If you’re curious about the breast augmentation process, or think this procedure might be right for you, call our Dallas, TX, office at (214) 540-1434 or contact us online today.