Running is a lifestyle as much as it is an exercise. The commitment, drive, and endurance required to be a runner provide countless benefits to both the mind and body. Unfortunately, though, sometimes a toned, athletic body comes at the cost of breast volume.

Many of our runner patients say they’ve put off getting implants for years because of myths about augmentation ending your ability to comfortably (and safely) run. The truth is, especially when working with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Alderman, modern techniques and surgical options have revolutionized Breast Augmentation. Now, it’s a great fit for the vast majority of patients, even professional competitive runners and cyclists. If you are committed to staying in shape, but want an improved body contour too—a breast augmentation might be right for you.

Runners do have some unique factors to consider before deciding which breast augmentation may be best. Dr. Alderman’s team is entirely women, many of us athletes and avid runners ourselves. If you have any questions, please read on to learn more, or don’t hesitate to give our Atlanta, GA, office a call at (470) 381-3610 today.

Choosing the Right Breast Augmentation

Whether you’re worried about breast implants looking disproportional to your athletic figure or possible physical discomfort while running caused by larger breasts—you have options. By working with a board-certified plastic surgeon and taking some time to think about what’s important to you, we can build a customized breast augmentation treatment plan.

We’ve seen a big increase over the last few years in the number of women looking for natural-looking and feeling augmentation. Luckily, modern techniques and surgical advances make the range of possible results more customizable and safe than ever.

Implant Size

It’s absolutely possible to find the right implants as a runner, but with that said, some implant sizes are better suited than others. Overly large implants can cause some issues or discomfort while running. Plus for athletes, large implants may shift your center of gravity, limit maneuverability, affect breathing, and in some cases lead to unwanted pressure on or pain in the neck, shoulders, and spine.

Using appropriately sized implants can achieve a beautiful contour and fullness without any of these complications. Plus, for lean body types smaller implants tend to look more cohesive and natural. If you are set on large breasts, it is possible, but be prepared to have a highly-supportive sports bra handy.

Implant Type

The next consideration to make is what type of implant you want. In general, Dr. Alderman recommends runners and more athletic patients consider silicone implants. In comparison to their saline counterparts, silicone implants tend to be softer and provide a very natural appearance. This is especially beneficial for women who lack optimal natural fat or breast tissue to cushion the implant during rigorous or strenuous physical activity.

Implant Placement

For most of our athlete patients, Dr. Alderman suggests a subpectoral implant position. By placing the implant underneath the chest wall muscles, these muscles cushion your implants to provide a more natural look and feel. Specifically for runners, this can help with long-term support of the implants.

However, if you also weightlift regularly, a subpectoral placement can lead to distortion or shifting of the implants temporarily following contraction of the pectoralis muscles. Though this poses no medical issues, it’s possible you won’t consider the resulting appearance appealing. If you’re concerned about this possibility, Dr. Alderman can place the implants in a subglandular position. During your consultation, we will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each placement and make the right decision.

Planning Your Recovery

Across the board, one of our runner patients’ top concerns over surgery is recovery time. Though taking a few weeks off from training can be psychologically difficult, its vital to allow adequate time for your body to recover. Giving yourself this time offers benefits to your health and your final results. Any weeks of missed training early on are far better than having to deal with complications developing due to pushing yourself too far too soon.

As such, we recommend scheduling your surgery date around a natural hiatus from your most intense training. Winter makes a great window for many of our patients, who stay inside resting during these months more anyway. Another approach is to schedule for shortly after your biggest race of the year. That way it’s a nice reward for meeting your goals, and supports post-race recovery.

Choosing a Board-Certified Surgeon

Finding the right surgeon is the single most significant choice you can make to ensure your breast augmentation goes well. By working with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Alderman, you know you are receiving the highest level of care.

Dr. Alderman is an expert aesthetic surgeon, with particular experience in breast augmentation, lifts, and reduction. Our all-female team has worked with women of varying fitness levels, body types and ages. Our number one priority is your safety, comfort, and satisfaction.

If you think a breast augmentation might be right for you, feel free to call our office at (470) 381-3610 or contact us online.