SIX MONTHS AFTER SURGERY – WHAT’S LIFE LIKE AS AN ENHANCED YOGI?

As I passed through the six month post-op period, the beach and bikini season began. I have never looked so good in so little clothing before – it’s been a definite boost to my self- esteem. There is still some residual healing to be done. My nipples are more sensitive than they were pre-surgery and I still have a numb sensation in the area directly above the scars. The scars themselves have faded considerably now.  At my 6 months check-up the doctor said it can take up to a year for normal sensation to return because of the nerve damage.

Last yoga pic

My yoga practice is probably around 95% of what it was pre-surgery. Full range of movement took around 5 months to return through the shoulder and pec region, however a few poses will no longer ever be possible. Anything where I need to place my elbows into my chest is now impossible – such as Mayruasana and doing a jump-back from Padmasana. I had no issues regaining my full strength, but there is definitely a different sensation now in my chest when doing pressing or pulling movements (you just have to get used to this being your new normal). Also, I don’t like the tugging sensation that I get in my chest when holding deep arm wrapping movements in twists, so I have modified the way I do poses such as Pasasana and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana.

The only downside has been that I don’t like to lie on my front anymore because of the pressure. It feels like I am lying on two semi-deflated balls, an odd sensation. As I used to always sleep on my front, I’ve had to adapt my sleeping posture, which has taken a long time to get used to. Also, whenever I get a massage now I place rolled up towels above and below my breasts so that I’m not lying directly on them. This works a treat.

There’s been no negative effect on my daily exercise. Running and cycling have always been completely normal since the surgery. At first the high impact bras felt like a corset as I had been used to minimal support when running, and a couple of the styles I bought chaffed me badly. I would suggest trying out a few styles as a bra may feel good in the shop but not after an hour’s intense exercise. I recently started swimming again and I have no awareness of anything awkward or different.

I am very happy with my decision to get implants, and overall I’m very pleased with the result. I’ve had no negative feedback, however I have also told very few people as its not really something that I need to share with others. Although I increased by 2 cup sizes I generally don’t wear revealing clothing so my everyday outward appearance hasn’t changed enough to create comment. When I do decide to wear a low-cut or tight-fitting outfit then I get to enjoy having perky curves and feeling feminine and sexy, which is a new experience for me.

If you are seriously considering having breast augmentation surgery, my advice to you is:

    • Find a doctor with an impeccable reputation and preferably one who comes with recommendations from people you trust. It makes sense to pay for the best you can afford in order to reduce your risk of any avoidable complications or botch-ups. All surgeries, both life saving and cosmetic, carry real risks.
    • If you are a dedicated yoga practitioner, be aware that your recovery will take longer than 3 months to return to a complete practice, and also that you may need to modify your practice to accommodate your new chest proportions.
    • Implants won’t make you a better person but they can be a positive boost to your self- esteem, and in this way they can enhance your overall quality of life. Of course you are so much more than your physical makeup and appearance. However, I believe that if something helps you to feel better about yourself, and it causes no harm to you or any other being, then it has its own intrinsic value – and accordingly other peoples’ opinions and judgements are of no importance.

 

4 thoughts on “SIX MONTHS AFTER SURGERY – WHAT’S LIFE LIKE AS AN ENHANCED YOGI?

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this information. Yoga is a huge part of my life; I practice regularly and teach, so I’ve been very concerned about the repercussions of this dramatic change to my body. As you probably know, there isn’t a wealth of information on breast implants as they relate to yoga, because the two topics are a bit polarized from one another. I appreciate you being open about your experience and healing. It makes me feel a little less blind moving forward.

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  2. Thanks Sarah. My whole purpose in sharing my experience was to give to others the kind of information that I couldn’t find when I was considering the surgery. I am so pleased that it can help you in making your own decision. Yoga is about self awareness and union, and it is an individual path for each of us. Opposing views don’t matter, because this is your life journey.

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  3. Hello! Thank you also for sharing this info. I teach and have a couple of students with implants and one of them is definitely not comfortable even trying in peacock but I’mm having trouble finding any “official” advice about this. My other student seems ok trying it but I suspect hers are smaller. I don’t know whether or not to encourage them not to do that pose, or let them see if they can find a way that works for them. Do you practise viparita salabhasana or chinstand? because I have not taught those to that group yet, but i’m sure I’ve read somewhere that its not good to do those with implants. The one who struggles with peacock also struggles with pincha mayurasana and I’m wondering if it’s because hers are a little larger and putting pressure on the chest. She is actually very strong in a lot of other ways so this could make sense. I don’t want to discourage them from doing anything that they might be able to make work for her, but neither do I wish to encourage her to do anything that might be dangerous. Can you offer me any advice please?

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  4. Hi Gen. I wouldn’t recommend any poses that require bodyweight pressure directly on the chest or squeeze the chest. I no longer practice Pasasana or Mayurasana or Viparita Salabhasana for this reason (I do miss those balances too). I never lie on my chest any more as I don;t like the feeling but it doesn’t stop me doing Salabhasana or Bhekasana etc. I still do balances like Pinca Mayruasana and Koundiyasana no problem. If their shoulders are open enough then they can work towards Kapotasana and the Rajakapotasana series of poses – but a tight chest compartment around the implant may limit this, so I would suggest that they don’t force any restriction they may and work with it instead. It took me 6 months to get these chest & shoulder openings back in my own practice. Hope that helps !! Yes, lack of practical information was exactly why I’ve done this blog.

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