All professional tennis players make tremendous sacrifices for the game, but Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has had to go further than most in her pursuit of the game.
At the age of 17, she struggled with overlarge breasts. At 34DD, her generous bust literally got in the way and slowed her down on court – she was ranked 500th in the world.
Off the court, her heavy breasts also caused her severe back pain.
She chose to have breast reduction surgery which took her to 34C, more proportional with her frame. As breast reduction is major surgery, she then had to rest from professional tennis for several months before returning to the game in 2010.
However, this year the decision is paying off – she has risen 450 places in the world rankings and yesterday won her first game at Wimbledon comfortably, saying she was looking forward to a ‘successful Wimbledon’.
A spokesperson for The Hospital Group, UK leaders in cosmetic surgery, commented: “In a society where breast enlargement is the most commonly requested and performed cosmetic surgery procedure, the problem of over-large natural breasts is not widely understood .
However, for those women that develop a bust which is out of proportion with the rest of their bodies, large and heavey breasts can cause posture problems with severe back and neck pain, as well as embarrassment and self-consciousness.
Simona’s story demonstrates to women with over-large breasts that surgery is a highly effective option for resolving the problem.”
The Hospital Group offers free breast reduction consultations in clinics across the UK with GMC registered Surgeons who perform thousands of aesthetic breast procedures each year.