30 May 2014

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, who yesterday beat British tennis player Heather Watson at the French Open, has enjoyed an improved performance on the court in the last few years. Currently number one in Romania and ranked fourth in the world, 22 year old Halep says her recent successes are not solely down to upping her training regime. At the age of 18, she underwent a Breast Reduction, taking her from a 34DD to a 34C, on account of her breasts slowing down her reaction time on the court. Since her surgery, Halep has gone on to win six WTA titles and been ranked in the worlds top 50 tennis players, as well as being named WTAs Most improved Player and ESPN Center Courts 2013 Most Improved Player. Commenting on Cosmetic Surgery for sports players, one Cosmetic Surgeon says: Training for long hours each day will only intensify the discomfort, meaning the size of their breasts wont just get in the way of them exercising, but it can also affect their downtime away from sport, because it may take longer for them to rest and recover if they are still in pain in the back and breast areas. Over the years the inability to exercise or take part in sport has certainly become a more commonly cited reason for patients I see who are seriously considering undergoing a reduction. He is keen to note the potential danger of athletes undergoing Breast Reduction surgery under the age of 25, adding that this procedure is best suited to post-menopausal women. One thing for certain, is Haleps clear delight with her decision to undertake surgery, attributing it to her recent successes. Do you think breast size is important for female athletes? Let us know your views on Facebook.