So, you’re extremely proud of your fit body but feel insecure about your boobs? And you have also dismissed the idea of getting breast augmentation because it hinders your passion for running? Well, running after breast implant surgery is possible and to tell you the truth, a lot of Dr Doyle’s patients who come in for breast implant surgery are runners, cyclists, and other athletes.
This is due to the fact that they work extremely hard to maintain their body but are often dissatisfied due to the lack of curves.
Contrary to the popular belief, you can get breast augmentation done and still set records on the racecourse. A little bit of planning goes a long way. Luckily, you can get rid of that insecure voice in your head and feel more feminine and beautiful with your new curves without compromising on your active lifestyle.
If you are an athlete, Dr Doyle will work closely with you to understand your lifestyle preferences but also give you the right way to go about breast implant procedures.
Durability Factor of Breast Implants for Running
Durability is a common concern for many women who lead an active lifestyle or are professional runners. Most people wonder whether your breast implants are durable enough to deal with the physical stresses associated with any kind of exercise or sports.
Contrary to the popular belief, breast implants are extremely strong and durable. They can actually stand a lot of trauma. It is not easy to rupture these implants. The technology has improved significantly over the years, so any concern during durability is invalid. You can run normally and do all physical activities as well.
Placement of Breast Implants
Ideally, for runners, surgeons place the implant in a subpectoral position which is when the implant is placed underneath the chest muscle. The chest muscles of the body provide an extra cushion, giving them support.
If you are a weightlifter or an athlete who constantly uses your chest muscles, you might not want to go for subpectoral placement. In some cases, excessive pressure can distort and shift the implants temporarily. It is not harmful to your health but can create a little less desirable appearance. In such a case, the implant is placed in a sub-glandular (above the muscle) position so that your chest muscle activity won’t alter the appearance of your implants.
The Implant Type Matters – Silicone versus Saline
Now that you are aware that implants are also an option for women who are runners and athletes, next comes the debate of silicone versus saline breast implants. Let me explain both of the types. Saline implants are harder than silicone and can have issues with rippling and deflation. Dr Doyle does not recommend saline implants for these reasons.
Silicone implants are generally softer and give a more natural-looking appearance. These are generally beneficial for women with a low-fat percentage and work well for women who do a lot of physical activities. To learn more about the types of breast implants available, visit our page Breast Implants and Options.
Breast Implant Profiles – Do they Matter?
You can get any profile and shape you like, and it will not hinder your running. However, a lot of runners request that surgeons avoid giving them implants that have excessive volume on the sides. This is due to the fact that they don’t want excess volume interfering with the arm movement. If this is your preference, you can always go for a high-profile implant with a forward projection. It will prevent any spill out in the sides.
This also depends on the natural anatomy of the patient. The right way to go about it is to book your initial consultation with Dr Doyle. Dr Doyle will go with the right option based on your lifestyle, current anatomy, and the look you want.
Does the Size of Breast Implant Matters When It Comes to Running?
It is pretty obvious that larger implants will be heavier. As a result, they can create issues for long-distance runners. If the implants are too large for your body, they can shift due to gravity which will affect your overall performance. Initially, they might cause issues with breathing, pressure and with time cause pain in the back, neck, and spine area. Smaller implants will be lighter, will be less affected by gravity and maybe more in proportion with your body. Teardrop (anatomical) shaped implant are popular with runners.
For help choosing the right size breast implants, view our blog How to Choose the Best Breast Implant Size or CC.
Running After Breast Implant Surgery
If you have taken proper measures and chosen the right surgeon, there is no way that your breast implants will interfere with running. However, there is a way to get back to running. Breast augmentation is an invasive procedure that requires a patient to heal properly before they can get back to their lifestyle. Here is our guide to running after breast implant surgery.
1. Wait it Out a Little
Every surgery comes with a certain downtime. Your body needs time to heal after every single invasive procedure and the insertion of breast implants are one of them. Initially, your surgeon will ask you to avoid any vigorous activity and that includes running. If you put excess strain on your body, it can lead to major issues such as bleeding, asymmetrical appearance and pain along with many other problems.
It is advised to take two to three weeks off running. During this time, rest as much as possible. If you can, get someone to help around the house so that you can give your body complete rest. After this time, you can slowly return to your daily routine after discussing it with Dr Doyle.
2. Wear a Compression Bra Initially and Wear a Sports Bra Later On
Wear a compression bra for the first month after the surgery. It will help reduce swelling and give you optimal comfort. When you run after breast implant placement, wear a sports bra as it holds your new breasts in place. It also helps you maintain the shape and position of the implant. Always select the right fitting bra and make sure it is comfortable.
A tight bra will hinder the circulation of your breasts and a loose one will not hold them in place. So, always go for the one which fits just perfectly. Ask Dr Doyle to guide you regarding the right brand.
3. Keep an Eye Out for Discomfort
While most breast implant patients slowly ease into running two to three weeks after surgery, it is important to realise that every person is different. Each person heals on their own time. So, one person might be able to start running 4 weeks after the surgery and another person might take 8 weeks. Listen to your body and always check with Dr Doyle if you feel any kind of discomfort. Do not ignore any signs that your body is giving you.
Exercise Timeline After Breast Augmentation
Follow this timeline for easing into running. Please be notified that this is a general guideline that will fit most people. But always listen to your body and Dr Doyle:
You should rest completely for the first two days after the surgery. Arrange for someone to take care of you for the first few days. It is advised to take complete bed rest for 48 hours. After two days, simply move around the house a little bit but aim at getting a lot of rest. It will help your body heal.
Begin Light Exercise after 2 Weeks
After 2 weeks, you can start introducing light exercise slowly and steadily into your routine. Light cardio generally works the best. You can start off by walking and then lead to jogging. Make sure to exercise during cooler times of the day and do not workout in extremely hot temperatures.
Continuation of Gentle Cardio between Weeks 2 and 4
As you continue to feel better, you can add on cycling a stationary bike, go for long walks, jogs and slowly build your endurance. At this point, you need to keep 50-60% of your usual pace. Do not get involved in any exercises which target chest muscles and involve a lot of upper body movements.
Slowly Increase the Intensity and Work on Your Strength in Weeks 4-6
Between weeks four and six, you will be required to visit Dr Doyle to ensure everything is healing well. After discussing with Dr Doyle, you can bump up the intensity of your cardio slowly and steadily. You can also work on building strength and go ahead with core strengthening exercises as well. Still, avoid running too fast or working on pectoral muscles.
Return to Complete Fitness After Six Weeks
With Dr Doyle’s approval, you can continue to your usual running after six to eight weeks. Keep in mind that everybody heals at a different pace. If you don’t feel ready to run at this point, don’t push yourself. Allowing yourself to properly heal is the key step to a successful surgery.
What to Avoid Between Weeks Six to Eight?
You can continue to run but avoid the following until you hit the two-month mark and Dr Doyle gives you the all-clear:
- Do not lift more than ten kilos at this point if you have to lift weights. If possible, try avoid lifting weights altogether.
- Do not push or pull any heavy object as it puts unnecessary stress on your pectoral muscles.
- Push-ups and pull-ups are a big no. Do not go there for at least eight weeks and till Dr Doyle gives you the all-clear.
- Avoid doing a bench press.
- Do not lift weights with your upper body.
- Avoid certain yoga poses and Pilates moves that put stress on your upper body.
- Do not play sports like golf, tennis, or any other sport which requires you to lift your arms up.
Running After Breast Implant Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Can I run after breast implants?
Yes, absolutely you can continue running after breast implant surgery. You just have to wait a bit till your body heals completely.
Will running ruin my breast implants?
No, running will not ruin your breast implants. You will be surprised to know that a lot of runners and athletes get breast implants.
What happens if you run too soon after breast augmentation?
There are risks associated with running if you don’t wait for your body to heal. Some of the common ones include bleeding, swelling, asymmetry, and pain.
What happens at 4 weeks post-op breast augmentation?
By week four, most people feel comfortable enough to introduce light jogging into your exercise program. Avoid exercises that target the chest area. However, listen to your body and do what you are comfortable with.
What exercises should you not do with breast implants?
You should avoid any upper body exercises, specifically the ones which target your chest area until your body is completely healed.
When can I stop wearing a bra after breast augmentation?
You should wear compression bras for a minimum of two weeks after the surgery. After that, you can switch to wearing a sports bra after the surgery between three to six weeks.
Can I run 3 weeks after getting breast implants?
You can start with a light jog. However, it is not advised to start vigorous running. Ease into it slowly and steadily.
Now that you understand that breast implants will not affect your day-to-day lifestyle or your running carrier, it is time to book a consultation. Only the right surgeon will get rid of that insecure voice in your head and guide you regarding post-surgery healing. Simply give us a call, send us an email, or fill out the consultation form below and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.
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About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon
Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.
He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.