Breast Implants in Runners and Athletes

While exercise has many benefits, like keeping the body in generally healthy shape, it’s no secret that exercise can cause women to lose weight all over – including some of the less desirable places. While many women that love to exercise may enjoy the overall results, some are unhappy that they are losing weight in the breasts. As a result, some women athletes will get breast implants to make up the difference. Breast implants will help the female athlete maintain shapely breasts, while still keeping healthy. Here are a few things for runners and athletes to consider when getting breast implants.

Selecting a Doctor

First and foremost, it’s important for athletic patients to select the right surgeon. Since exercise is extremely important to most runners and athletes, it’s a good idea to find a doctor like Dr. Marin who understands the value of exercise. When selecting a doctor, patients should choose a doctor who is skilled in breast augmentation surgery, understands the importance of health and fitness ,and will help the patient recover most efficiently.


Athletic patients should also consider the size of the breast implants they are getting and how that will affect their future athletic training and ability. A significant change in breast size can affect athletic performance. Runners may experience more discomfort if they choose larger breast implants, and they make certain activities and exercise, like push-ups, more difficult.

Patients should consult with the surgeon about how different sizes may affect athletic performance before scheduling surgery. A good way to test out which size looks and feels the best is to try on different sizes of sample breast implants before committing to the perfect size.


While many athletic women may be interested in breast augmentation, they also may have some concerns. The following are all common concerns:

  • Is the breast implant strong and durable?
  • Will I be able to lift weights?
  • Will the implants look natural?
  • Will the implants be too heavy?

Breast implants are strong enough to resist most physical trauma, including any type of exercise. This means women can lift weights, run, and engage in highly competitive sports without worry. As far as looking natural, for athletic women, it may be a better option to get silicone implants instead of saline. Silicone implants generally look more natural on women with smaller frames.


Athletic women should take the breast augmentation recovery time seriously. Many women want to be up and running right after the surgery, but it is important to take time to let the body heal. Breast surgery should be treated like any type of surgery, and the body should be given time to fully recover. Dr. Marin will provide each patient with post-operative instructions that detail the exercise restrictions in the months following surgery.

To learn more about breast implants for runners and athletes, contact Marin Aesthetics in San Diego. Dr. Marin and his staff will help patients choose the right sized implants for their body type and activity level.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!