Body Building Figure & Fitness Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation for Bodybuilders Explained
Women who lift are a unique breed. Their bodies are exquisitely sculpted to lean muscle mass with a low body fat ratio. Breast size is determined by fat issue, so female bodybuilders face unique issues with breast symmetry, size and overall appearance.
Breast augmentation surgery can resolve these issues, but with such a distinctive body type, it’s important to choose a physician highly skilled in assisting fitness competitors.
Contact San Diego’s nationally-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Chasan, M.D., F.A.C.S. at 858.450.1555
Though breasts contain no muscle tissue, they do sit on the pectoral muscle. That muscle group – major and minor – is a key component in every lifting regime. Dr. Chasan understands the technical complexity of the procedure, but also the impact on the patient’s lifestyle.
This isn’t just an issue of personal appearance – for fitness competitors, it can affect their rankings and livelihood.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The rigorous exercise and dietary protocols of bodybuilders often lead to a loss of the adipose tissue (fatty tissue) in the breasts. Women can find their breasts flattening, varying in size or shape or appear to be sagging.
Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to regain symmetry and restore balance to the body. The implants can be placed underneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or on top of it (subglandular.) The doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each method based on your individual circumstances.
Types of Implants
An implant is a silicone shell that contains either a sterile liquid or a gel. There are three types.
Highly Cohesive Silicone: (Gummi Bear) These implants are filled with a dense silicone gel. The implants typically have more of a sloped shape to create a softer, more natural look and feel that many women prefer.
Silicone: Filled with a silicone gel. They tend to have a rounder top portion are generally fuller. These implants may look less natural, but that is a matter of personal preference or taste.
Saline: Filled with sterile medical-grade saline solution. Like the silicone, they are rounder and fuller.
With 23 years in practice, you can count on Dr. Chasan to help you make your choice.
Our facility carries a large inventory of implants, all sizes and shapes. You can touch and feel them to see which texture you prefer.
How Big is Too Big?
Choosing a size for your new breasts might feel strange, but it’s really about balancing our your body.
If you’re naturally thin and didn’t have much up top even before you got into bodybuilding, this breast augmentation can restore your proportions. Not just because of cup size – if you’ve always had less tissue, your skin will be thinner.
You don’t want the shape of the implant to be visible under the skin.
Our office has a supply of sizers to help you visualize your new breasts on your body. It’s important to balance your chest area with other dimensions – your waist, shoulders, and hips. It’s always your decision, but we are happy to help guide the process.
How Does the Process Work?
During your initial meeting, Dr. Chasan and his trained staff will explain the surgical procedure and recovery period. You are encouraged to ask questions – we want you to feel comfortable.
We will also work with you to decide the best size and shape implant for your body type. Different types of implants have different textures and present different profiles (how the breasts sit on the body).
Our goal is to help you find a natural look and feel than enhances your physique. We stock hundreds of implants at our surgical facility, so there’s less wait time between consultation and appointment.
Please provide any relevant information on your overall health history, including medications, allergies, tobacco or alcohol use and any issues with healing, bleeding or infection.
Not to overstate the obvious, this surgery is not an option for women who are pregnant or nursing.
2. The Surgery
Your surgery will take place in our private, dedicated surgical center in downtown Del Mar, located just north of San Diego and La Jolla. Dr. Chasan’s medical team includes experienced RNs who have been with Dr. Chasan for years, as well as similarly experienced surgical technicians, and always one of a few board-certified anesthesiologists. The facility is stunning and upscale, equipped with the latest medical devices and technology.
The night before your surgery, don’t consume food or beverage after midnight. Ask the medical team about taking any medications or supplements.
Bring a loose shirt or blouse. We must insist that someone pick you up after the procedure – you should not plan on driving yourself.
Dr. Chasan is one of the only plastic surgeons in San Diego to offer an overnight stay at their surgical facility. You are welcome to ask about the overnight provision during your consultation.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Chasan will make the incision to insert your implants. Our preferred method is to make the cut is made on the bottom of the areola.
Though some physicians will cut around the areola, it’s not a protocol we recommend. It can cause a loss of sensation in the nipple and much higher probability of scar tissue build-up (capsular contracture) around the implant.
Sizers are used to provide a visual before the actual implant is placed.
Our facility is equipped with a custom pad that allows the patient to sit up as well as lie down. Dr. Chasan sits the patient up to evaluate the size and shape of the breasts. This lets Dr. Chasan get a much better view of the implant profile and position.
The incision is small and neat – there will be no permanent scarring. Even during the healing process, it’s hidden from view. Drains may be placed before the incision is closed to avoid fluid buildup – they are temporary and will be removed during your follow up appointment.
Once the surgery is complete, you will rest in a recovery room for one to two hours.
Plan to rest for the first few days. You may feel tired and could experience some pain. Take your medications as prescribed to stay ahead of it.
Plan ahead to take time off from work and step away from any training routines – no lifting, pushups or posing that creates strain on the pectoral muscles.
Wear a soft bra (no underwire) for support. Your follow up appointment should be within a day or two of the surgery. Typically, you can return to work in a week, but discuss this with the doctor during your follow up.