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Does a surgery like a c-section or breast implants which require cutting through a muscle effect overall strength?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
No: The abdominal muscles recover very well after a c-section, provided you allow them to heal. There are many women (and fitness experts) who go on to strengthen the muscle through exercise. As for implants, if the muscle has to be cut, women recover and use the arms without a problem.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: not significant: Yes there can be a slight measurable loss of muscle strength using specialized testing machines but this is typically less than 15% of overall muscle strength and tends not to be clinically significant and traditionally the benefits of under the muscle implant placement or the need for a c-section outweigh the risks. Furthermore muscles are not usually cut in c-section (only uterus muscle).
Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Sometimes: Breast implants placed under the muscle can reduce overall muscle strength, but is only significant in body builders.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Not much: Cutting through a muscle can diminish it's strength, but not usually to a degree that you would notice. I do counsel bodybuilders though that they could potentially lose chest strength by placing breast implants behind the muscle. Some have elected to place their implant in front of the muscle to avoid this but this a very rare situation.

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