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    Breast implants and chest exercises?

    I have read conflicting views on whether or not you can exercise your chest when you have breast implants. Mine are not new I had them done two years ago. I have read that it can shift the position of the implant but I find this difficult to believe considering that they are placed within the pocket that the surgeon made and damage to the pocket would be rather obvious ie bottoming out or other complications.
    Does anyone have any experience with this? If you have implants do you work your chest or not? Thanks
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    I wouldnt think it unlikely at all - logically.. youre going to be flexing and relaxing your pectorals - moving the implants every time. Besides the fact that as you gain muscle, you could unintentionally lose the muscle balance (increase size of upper/lower pectoral individually) you had before thus shifting the implants around.

    Keep in mind I have no proof of this and no experience, but that's totally my logic - and a worry for if I decide to ever get them.
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    Plenty of female weight trainers have implants, and they have awesome chests which equate to rigorous chest training.

    However... You should consult a surgery (or implant specialist) closest to you. As much as we all have opinions, if there is any risk, you need to know from someone who knows your circumstances. Even your doctor may not have enough experience with implants to give a definite answer.

    or, you could try to locate some of these hard training women on this board (if you search the pics) who have had augmentation and ask them via PM. If you ask enough questions, to enough people who understand, you will get a greater picture of this issue, and a way forward.

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    I've had mine for 2 years and ave been working my chest since the doc gave me the ok 6 months after surgery. The implants do shift while the muscle is flexed, but they go right back to where they're supposed to be.
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    from personal experience, over time, they DO shift and bottom out, move to the sides, etc. I had my first set placed and within a 5 year time period of regular lifting with bench press etc, they bottomed out and moved to the sides. had my second set placed two years ago and will NOT do any exercises the isolate the chest muscles.

    the bodybuilders that have them most likely have over the muscle placement which requires a certain amount of body fat to conceal the implant. i am very lean and could not have a natural appearance with over the muscle, so i have under the muscle placement and dont do chest anymore. big deal... my ta tas are AWESOME and i dont miss chest exercises one bit!!!! i get a lot of secondary chest with some of the movements i do so i look very proportioned and dont strain my pecs too much.
    my plastic surgeon said some very wise words when i asked him about lifting with implants again---"protect your investment" and stay away!!!
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    What about doing something minor just to prevent injury? I read online one woman that suggests doing something light and massaging the implants afterwards. I can't imagine that every woman who lifts weights with implants does no chest exercises at all.
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    Originally Posted by petitpowerhouse View Post
    What about doing something minor just to prevent injury? I read online one woman that suggests doing something light and massaging the implants afterwards. I can't imagine that every woman who lifts weights with implants does no chest exercises at all.
    you are right in that i am sure that many women do exercises and have no problems. the only thing is , no one can predict if you are going to be one of those women. you are taking a chance of ruining something that you have put a lot of money, time, and pain into. i had the mindset of "nothing will happen to me" with my first set, and i was wrong. i needed to have them fixed over time. but, that does not mean that there are not plenty of women who lift tons of weight with chest and have no problems. you have to decide what risk you want to take.
    as far as injury, like my post said, i get enough stimulation with secondary exercises. any overhead presses work chest, most tricep work stimulates chest if you are pressing, pull ups slightly stimulate chest, etc. i dont bench, fly, or do anthing that directly isolates chest and so far things have been fine for me. it's only been two years since my revisioin though, so i hope it continiues to go well. cant predict the future but i am doing what i can to prevent the first scenario from recurring.
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    Originally Posted by robmad View Post
    you are right in that i am sure that many women do exercises and have no problems. the only thing is , no one can predict if you are going to be one of those women. you are taking a chance of ruining something that you have put a lot of money, time, and pain into. i had the mindset of "nothing will happen to me" with my first set, and i was wrong. i needed to have them fixed over time. but, that does not mean that there are not plenty of women who lift tons of weight with chest and have no problems. you have to decide what risk you want to take.
    as far as injury, like my post said, i get enough stimulation with secondary exercises. any overhead presses work chest, most tricep work stimulates chest if you are pressing, pull ups slightly stimulate chest, etc. i dont bench, fly, or do anthing that directly isolates chest and so far things have been fine for me. it's only been two years since my revisioin though, so i hope it continiues to go well. cant predict the future but i am doing what i can to prevent the first scenario from recurring.
    That is true the chest can be indirectly worked through other exercises. I agree that we should be mindful considering it was a large investment and a lot had to happen for it (money healing, etc) Thank you for your advice
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    My biggest worrywith lifting would the muscular imbalance that will be created if you do avoid chest exercises - your back is going to eventually get so much stronger than your chest. That's alot of injury and problem potential.

    From personal experience, before I started really researching about four years ago, I had done almost an entire year of just bench presses, bicep/tricep work, SM squats, lat pulldowns, calf exercises and ab work - virtually no back exercises at all. No deadlifts, no shoulders, pretty much useless working out with tons of reps. My chest still got ALOT stronger than my back and I dealt with postural issues and back problems for awhile after starting to train properly.

    I cant imagine going years without working your chest proportionally to your back - does anyone have experience with that?
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    Originally Posted by viridian View Post
    My biggest worrywith lifting would the muscular imbalance that will be created if you do avoid chest exercises - your back is going to eventually get so much stronger than your chest. That's alot of injury and problem potential.

    From personal experience, before I started really researching about four years ago, I had done almost an entire year of just bench presses, bicep/tricep work, SM squats, lat pulldowns, calf exercises and ab work - virtually no back exercises at all. No deadlifts, no shoulders, pretty much useless working out with tons of reps. My chest still got ALOT stronger than my back and I dealt with postural issues and back problems for awhile after starting to train properly.

    I cant imagine going years without working your chest proportionally to your back - does anyone have experience with that?
    yes, I have worked just back for over five years without any negative effect. (i stopped directly training chest when i saw that my implants had displaced and did not have my second surgery until a few years later) and my back is very strong and muscular. when chest muscles get stronger than back, the posture is affected with the chest muscles pulling the shoulders forward thus causing the posture problems you mentioned. however, for some reason, the opposite is not true when the back is stronger. my posture has never been better since i stopped isolating chest. there is no tightness, no shoulder problems, etc. my chest muscles are trained to some degree with the aforementioned exercises, though. everyone is different and there might be some other women on this forum that have had implants and can shed some light on any problems if they chose not to train chest. this is just my experience. and for anyone considering implants, they are sooooo worth it---its the only "curve" you can't get in the gym!
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    I have large implants which I've had for almost a decade and I still lift very heavy. I have had no issue with it at all. I also play contact sports which carry additional risk of rupture. But its what I like to do so I guess its about what sort of risks you're willing to take (and, I know quite a few women who have had implant failure or rupture for no apparent reason, so I figure my odds are 50/50 anyway).

    That being said, my implants over the muscle. I am currently carrying a significant amount of bodyfat (Around 22-24%), but even when I was dieted down very lean mine looked great (I was an exotic dancer at the time and so I had LOTS of feedback about them), so it may want to be something you want to consider and discuss with your doctor. One of the other benefits of going over is that you get back to the gym in just a few weeks rather than months.

    Also, there are many, many women that lift heavy/bodybuild/compete in figure that have implants under the muscle that have no issue with where the implant ultimately settles. Of course the implant moves when you flex (it does that even when there is no weight applied...its how strippers with implants "bounce" - LOL), but if its been placed correctly it should settle back into the pocket where it was placed by the surgeon.

    Talk to your surgeon about your lifting goals. If you don't like his responses or he seems dismissive then find another doctor. There is no shortage of good breast augmentation surgeons.
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    I have them placed under the muscle. I guess there is no right answer to this question!
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    I have implants under the muscle. I experience minor muscle distortion with lifting, but I don't usually do chest work outs. I do push ups because the military requires them but I do not bench or do flies. I also find dips to be slightly uncomfortable. Many times it just depends on your natural anatomy. I belong to a great breast implant forum that has tons of information on lifting and Plastic Surgeons that you can ask specific questions. If any of you ladies would like the website, just send me a PM. There are bobybuilders, figure competiters, girls with overs, girls with unders, girls with small implants, girls with over 1000ccs, everything.
    I had a friend who experienced muscle displacement after having her implants over 10 years. She had to have a very intense pocket revision surgery with replacement implants to fix the problem. Her surgeon will no longer let her lift directly chest. She has been able to stay in great condition with things that work the chest secondary.
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    I have under the muscle breast implants, as do half the girls I compete with and I have never heard of not training chest. I started training chest 6 weeks after surgery. It has taken them a little longer to drop, but otherwise everything was fine.
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    I agree with the previous poster. I have sub-muscular implants as well, and I specifically asked my surgeon if I'd need to alter my training routine in any way, his only advice was to avoid doing chest presses without a spotter as the impact from the weight could be dangerous. He said anything else would be fine. Granted I've only had mine for a year, but I've never had any issues, despite the amount of repetition or weight. I'd just say if it feels wrong (ie pressure, excessive soreness) stop and talk to your PS.
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    naaaah you can totally train with implants in. i was once friends with a girl who worked at a strip club and there were a few girls who were former figure girls/part time figure girls and trained their chests just fine.
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    I stopped training my chest months before my implants,, I was given this heads up from a friend,, bc my chest was very muscular.. I also just won a bench press contest,, so it really sucked when i had to stop.. But i have come to realize that I would rather have a nice chest, than worry about anything happening,, ie rupture,, or misplacement..
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    As an update I've been training my chest pretty regularly for a month no with no problems whatsoever. They can feel a little weird right after but massaging helps. I take it the easiest on my chest than any other muscle group and so far nothing bad has happened, just a stronger chest. :-) But we will see.
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    I've had my under the muscle implants for 4 years now. I work my chest on a regular basis. I didnt for the first year but lost alot of strenth so started working them. Could just be my imagination but I feel they look better especially at the top since I started training chest again. I am a little conserned though after reading this. I have also noticed alot of bodybuilders/figure woman have them very far apart which could be from chest workouts. II personally think Im gonna take an easy on my chest. Work it, but not as much as everything else. I want a new set, but not right now ;-)
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    Originally Posted by c-jacobson View Post
    I've had my under the muscle implants for 4 years now. I work my chest on a regular basis. I didnt for the first year but lost alot of strenth so started working them. Could just be my imagination but I feel they look better especially at the top since I started training chest again. I am a little conserned though after reading this. I have also noticed alot of bodybuilders/figure woman have them very far apart which could be from chest workouts. II personally think Im gonna take an easy on my chest. Work it, but not as much as everything else. I want a new set, but not right now ;-)
    Yes many bodybuilders do have implants that are far apart but that can also happen due to low body fat as well. I believe it ultimately depends on how your body responds. I do take it easier on my chest then any other muscle group just in case however
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    Originally Posted by robmad View Post
    you are right in that i am sure that many women do exercises and have no problems. the only thing is , no one can predict if you are going to be one of those women. you are taking a chance of ruining something that you have put a lot of money, time, and pain into. i had the mindset of "nothing will happen to me" with my first set, and i was wrong. i needed to have them fixed over time. but, that does not mean that there are not plenty of women who lift tons of weight with chest and have no problems. you have to decide what risk you want to take.
    as far as injury, like my post said, i get enough stimulation with secondary exercises. any overhead presses work chest, most tricep work stimulates chest if you are pressing, pull ups slightly stimulate chest, etc. i dont bench, fly, or do anthing that directly isolates chest and so far things have been fine for me. it's only been two years since my revisioin though, so i hope it continiues to go well. cant predict the future but i am doing what i can to prevent the first scenario from recurring.
    Thanks for this info! I never knew that implants could shift from chest exercises. I had my implanted in December and started lifting again in April. From here out, I will watch how I work my chest!
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    Originally Posted by tinyjourney View Post
    I have implants under the muscle. I experience minor muscle distortion with lifting, but I don't usually do chest work outs. I do push ups because the military requires them but I do not bench or do flies. I also find dips to be slightly uncomfortable. Many times it just depends on your natural anatomy. I belong to a great breast implant forum that has tons of information on lifting and Plastic Surgeons that you can ask specific questions. If any of you ladies would like the website, just send me a PM. There are bobybuilders, figure competiters, girls with overs, girls with unders, girls with small implants, girls with over 1000ccs, everything.
    I had a friend who experienced muscle displacement after having her implants over 10 years. She had to have a very intense pocket revision surgery with replacement implants to fix the problem. Her surgeon will no longer let her lift directly chest. She has been able to stay in great condition with things that work the chest secondary.
    Hi tinyjourney could you please send me on that website i'd really appreciate the info thanks
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    I like that! Protect tour investment, but also don't you think that by having the surgery under the muscle and working your chest less keeps you looking femenine?
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    I have over-the-muscle implants which I've had for four years, and I still train chest because I want that squaring off of the upper pecs and the striations down the center. I just don't focus on the lower chest and I don't work chest as hard as I would, say, back or shoulders.

    The only things I do for chest are bench presses, incline dumbbell presses, push-ups and cable crossovers. I've been pretty happy with the results and I think I get a good balance of having both pecs and breasts.
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    impants and chest exercises

    I just got my implants mid Dec 2010 and began working out my chest 2 weeks after with no problem and approval of my surgeon!! She insisted there would be no change in placement of the implant but with further loss of body fat appearance could change. I went under the muscle and ony have "odd feeling" around scar lines with certain moves(yoga pilate position mainly) which im assuming will go away as my muscles develop around the implants.
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    Originally Posted by Catie09 View Post
    I just got my implants mid Dec 2010 and began working out my chest 2 weeks after with no problem and approval of my surgeon!! She insisted there would be no change in placement of the implant but with further loss of body fat appearance could change. I went under the muscle and ony have "odd feeling" around scar lines with certain moves(yoga pilate position mainly) which im assuming will go away as my muscles develop around the implants.
    I started working out very lightly about a month after surgery. The tightness, the odd feeling was from movement causing pulling and minor tearing along the internal stitches that had not yet been completely absorbed post-op. Atleast that's what the Doc said. No ill effects other than "that" feeling working out and now, some 6 years post-op, everything is fine, looks & feels great and yup, I train chest. (Though not as nearly as heavy by comparison as I would legs or back)

    *However, this isn't because of movement restrictions due to submuscular implantation or fear of causing a problem, rupture, etc. I train lighter to avoid chest separation. I don't like what the "great divide" does to my cleavage. Nice thread here ladies. Gotta love those stickies! Hours of typing questions and researching a gazillion websites saved by just one little SEARCH!
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    AWESOME thread, thank you!! I am considering BA as well within the next month or so and I was very concerned I would have to stop chest exercises. I will ask at my concults to be sure. Thanks for the info ladies
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    Me too! have finally decided to go for the uplift & implants & tummy tuck - consultation next week. I love training chest now! Will be very sad to have to stop, but I will if the surgeon says so - very useful thread
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    I've had mine almost a year and I train chest. In fact when I started lifting again in June (6 weeks post op) I couldn't press the bar and yesterday I pressed 115..my best so far!

    Implants aren't really in a "fixed" position, they should shift around. If they are fixed in one spot it would be the result of scar tissue, I'd think. Anyway, I've had no trouble lifting with them and tons of women w/implants compete...maybe just continue/restart the implant massage if you've stop....I still do it daily, which should help keep scar tissue from forming.
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    I have had breast implants for 8 years now and they do shift but like the other ladies have said, they go right back. Sometimes it feels a bit weird and it may surprise you but it is no big deal. Luckily, my breast implants are so anatomically correct that I think that may be why I am so lucky. By anatomically correct, I mean they look and feel so real. They aren't tight or hard and they are above the muscle, and he went in through my armpit.

    Good luck with your exercises!

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