I am a "light" body builder. Ha silicone implants done 2009. 8/2018 my right implant ruptured; left seemed displaced. Had revision 9/2018. Both 350ccs and periareolar. I am 10 weeks into recovery. I am still having some burning in my arm pits, around lateral lower part of my breasts and soreness in sternum. I am a body builder but haven't worked out much yet. Maybe recovery is longer for me?
If your implants are under the pectoral muscle then body building can displace the implants and cause discomfort. While under the muscle is preferred in most cases, in your case it might be best if the implants were placed on top of the pectoral muscle. If they are already on top of the muscle then it sounds like you may need more recovery time. Check in with your surgeon to be sure. Best wishes to you!
They are sub muscular. I haven’t been doing anything but light training for upper body—8-10 lbs. Since a few weeks with with
from my surgeon. I don’t see anything separatimg. Just feels weird. But they did a lot of pocket work. I think it would be good if surgeons understood more about weight training w/ regard to breast aug.
Body builders, even light, are definitely a special consideration group when it comes to implants. There are many benefits to having the implant under the muscle (blood supply, padding, potentially lower contracture rates); however, in your case the pectoral muscle may object to the implant being there. My advice would be to completely avoid any isolated pectoral muscle exercises for 3-4 weeks and see how things improve. You always have an option to convert to above the muscle if needed, but let your body recover for at least 6 months. Best wishes!
Unfortunately without knowing all the details of your procedure it is difficult to offer definite advice. You may be experiencing normal healing (especially if your symptoms have been improving since suregery), but check with your surgeon. They can provide you with answers and reassurance.
Thank you so much! Surgeon did a lot of pocket work, so I think my healing is normal! Only been doing light free weights for about ten days. Per surgeon’s go ahead. Should I stop and for how long? My breasts look fine right now... just a bit of pain in the armpits...
There are considerations for bodybuilders more so than other females, and this involves placement above the muscle to avoid animation deformity as well as a thicker cohesive gel implant to reduce risk of rippling/wrinkling. Light free weights are typically recommended at 8 weeks after surgery, with working into heavier lifts over the next 2-3 months. Pain along the armpits sounds as if it is part of the natural healing process for you :-)
you need at least four months to initiate strong exercise
Thanks. Wish they had told me. I made it clear I am a body builder prior to surgery. Doing only light free weights at 8-10 lbs. and just the last week or so. Should I do nothing for a few more months? I’m really scared...
Dear Ms Jane,
Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Yes, based on your description, your recovery may take longer than the average patient. If you are concerned, I suggest that you ask your surgeon directly about them. Good luck!