Many Westchester women interested in breast implants live healthy, active lives. They want to make sure their breast enhancement procedures won’t get in the way of their exercise routines. Fortunately, women today have many customizable choices when it comes to breast augmentation. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Newman, you can request specific details that will work beautifully with your active lifestyle.
A few of the most important choices include implant material, placement, and sizing. Read on to learn more about each of them and the best options for active, athletic women.
What Is the Best Breast Implant Material for Active Women?
For your breast augmentation, you have the option of either silicone or saline breast implants:
- Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline (saltwater) solution. They are approved by the FDA for use in women over 18 years old.
- Silicone implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a thick silicone gel. They are approved by the FDA for use in women over 22 years old.
Silicone implants work well for active patients due to their lighter weight, which is more comfortable during athletic activities. They also hold their shape better during vigorous movement and carry a lower risk of downward displacement over time.
What Is the Best Breast Implant Placement for Active Women?
Breast implants can be placed below the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or above the muscle and below the breast tissue (subglandular). The best placement usually depends on how much existing breast tissue you have; submuscular placement is typically best for women with little natural breast tissue as it helps disguise the edges of the implants with as much natural tissue as possible.
Submuscular placement can benefit active women as it better protects the implant and gives the breast a more gradual, natural silhouette. However, flexing of the pectoral muscle can also potentially cause the implant to shift slightly or change shape. Learn more about the benefits of each placement option in this previous blog post.
What Is the Best Breast Implant Size for Active Women?
Most active women can benefit from a more subtle breast augmentation. Natural, proportional-looking implants will be more comfortable during physical activities and create less bounce, making them more sustainable over years of activity.
To achieve this subtle look, Dr. Newman typically recommends a smaller implant size relative to your frame. He’ll discuss the volume (ccs) he recommends for you during your personal consultation.
One important consideration for active women to keep in mind: no matter which customizations you choose, you should give yourself plenty of time to recover before resuming intense physical activity. Taking the time to rest properly during recovery will pave the way for many more years of activity, complete with a new figure that feels more like you.
To see examples of the results Dr. Newman has achieved, please visit our breast augmentation before-and-after photo gallery.
If you have other questions about the best breast implant options for you, please contact us online or call (914) 423-9000 to request your free plastic surgery consultation.