Breast Implants & Weight Lifting – What Should/Shouldn’t You Do?


See the most asked questions and advice from one of the world’s best surgeons….

What’s Best: Over or Under the Muscle?

This is one of the first things that girls who lift tend to think about, but you really don’t need to worry too much!

Your surgeon will be able to help you make the best choice given your genetics, preferences, and biggest concerns. But as a guide we delve into the details of each…

Under: The Good 

Natural looking for the A cup ladeez
No perfectly round, ‘fake’ shape

Under: The Not-So-Fab

A longer recovery time
More pain 

Over: The Good

If you have more tissue they’ll look great
Recovery is faster and less painful

Over: The Not-So-Fab

Can look unnatural if you’re extremely lean, or little natural breast tissue

With implants under the muscle, it’s normal to see the implants spread whilst training chest

From girls we spoke to, this is only going to be a problem if you are planning on training chest hard regularly… For most this wouldn’t be noticeable – maybe one to bear in mind for our figure and physique competitors.

Will I Have to Stop Training Chest If I Get Implants?

In a word, nope! Muscle definition on the female chest is a sign of leanness and complete training so by all means don’t stop because of the girls!

100% keep training chest after you’ve recovered so that your chest will remain ‘perky’ and toned. Just make sure you’re fully recovered.

Will my implants under the muscle be pressured by the muscle?

With advice from Dr. Rick Silverman

Well… yes, it will. But that’s not necessarily a problem since the implants are made to stand up to anything you throw at them!

The implants are compressible, and in many cases you will be advised to massage the implants to keep them soft.

The motion of the muscle will not normally hurt the implant.

On the other hand, the motion of the pectoralis muscle can cause “bouncing” of the implant or flattening, when the muscle is flexed. This isn’t a problem either. It’s just something that you should be aware of.

Can I train after I’ve recovered?

Of course! In fact, I allow my patients to start cardio in about a week, and they can start lifting with light weights after two weeks. I recommend that they don’t do any chest exercises for up to six weeks, generally cautioning that if it hurts, don’t do it.

In spite of this, most women who bench press tell me that they are able to bench press the same weight as they did pre-operatively by eight to twelve weeks post-operatively. In a number of my patients who are very serious about their training, they have continued to increase their bench press strength as though they never had implants placed.

So it seems as if there are pretty much no reasons not to for any girls that regularly weight train not to combine breast implants and weightlifting… (Dammit, there goes our savings!).

Thanks to T-Nation and Dr. Rick Silverman from Boston, MA.

Have any of you considered getting breast implants, or have you taken the plunge? Let us know your experience of implants and training in the comments!