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I am a Runner. Can I Get Breast Implants?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Runners tend to have a lean build, which means they have a small amount of natural breast tissue. While this is great for maintaining an athletic routine, it can be challenging to wear your favorite dresses and bikini tops in Houston, TX. Some outfits simply don’t fit right if you have flat breasts. If this is the case, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales recommends breast implant surgery to enhance your figure or make your body more proportional.

During your breast assessment at Morales Plastic Surgery, we can design a breast augmentation procedure based on your athletic figure and lifestyle preferences. Our goal is to achieve natural-looking results that complement your frame and won’t interfere with your running. Below, you can read about running after breast augmentation and the factors we take into consideration when creating a surgical plan.

Considering implant size and type

Women with naturally big breasts often complain about discomfort when running, jogging, or jumping. It is true that large breasts can limit maneuverability, place excess pressure on the neck and shoulders, and affect your breathing. At Morales Plastic Surgery, we don’t recommend large implants on female athletes. Instead, we choose a modest breast implant size that works with your current body frame.

Another consideration we make is breast implant type. In general, we suggest athletic patients get silicone implants since they are softer and provide a more natural appearance. They also replicate the feel of real breast tissue. However, both saline and silicone implants offer pros and cons when it comes to overall feel and texture. Our team in Houston, TX can review each in detail during your appointment.

Running after breast augmentation

One of the biggest concerns of professional athletes is the amount of time spent in recovery. Spending several weeks without running or training can be challenging, but it’s important to give your body time to heal. Otherwise, you could be facing complications that keep you out of the gym for months. We suggest planning breast implant surgery during your “off” season, or when it’s easier to stay at home and rest. Make sure you don’t have any races planned for at least several months.

To better prepare yourself for running after breast augmentation, follow these helpful tips:

  • Slowly return to exercise: As we mentioned, proper recovery is essential so you can return to your normal routines. Forcing yourself to run too soon may lead to significant pain and discomfort. Instead, begin by taking slow walks and gradually increase your activity levels.

  • Call if you experience pain: Recovery looks different for everyone, so some patients may still experience a small amount of discomfort when exercising. However, any excess pain or other symptoms need to be reported right away.

  • Wear a good support bra: After recovery, you will need to invest in new support bras. This includes sports bras that can handle the weight of your new breasts when running. A quality bra protects your new implants and maintains their position and shape.

Successful breast enhancement for runners

The most important thing you can do to ensure gorgeous and natural outcomes from breast implant surgery is to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience working with athletes. As a bodybuilder himself, Dr. Rolando Morales has helped countless runners and other athletes achieve the real results they want. Call Morales Plastic Surgery to set up your consultation and learn what goes into your breast augmentation in Houston, TX. We can set you up for success.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.