Many people are under the impression that “bigger is always better” when it comes to the size of breasts. This is simply not true, as breast size is a highly individual matter. While some women feel that larger breasts will help to improve their confidence, on the other side of the coin, there are women who long for smaller breasts. The reasons for wanting to reduce breast size are numerous, one of the most popular reasons brought forward by athletes: large breasts often hinder their athletic performance. In the life of an athlete, even a slight physical limitation can mean the difference between a loss or a win, their status as a rookie or a professional, and the size of their paycheque. This is why it is not uncommon for women who have athletic careers (or those who lead highly active lifestyles) to seek solutions for reducing the size of their breasts.
Breast reductions in athletes
Many female athletes, be it runners, boxers, dancers and gymnasts, report large breasts interfering with their athletic ability. They hinder manoeuvrability, limit speed, and even cause pain during sports activities and exercise. Athletes who experiencing these inconveniences associated with large breasts sometimes feel that they can benefit from breast reduction surgery can improve the quality of their active lifestyles.
Similarly, large breasts are sometimes associated with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, permanent shoulder grooves, skin rashes and chafing, skeletal disorders, and emotional issues such as low self-esteem and anxiety. During the rigorous activity, this pain can be amplified to the point where even a good sports bra does not offer enough relief.
To make matters worse, some athletes’ attire prevents them from wearing a sports bra in the first place. This is particularly evident in gymnasts and dancers who wear leotards. If the athlete is a dancer in particular, sometimes the nature of show costumes often prevents her from wearing any type of bra at all. Dance costumes can often have low backs, spaghetti straps and intricate designs that are not conducive to wearing undergarments that provide much support. Naturally, this can be incredibly frustrating for those who have a bust that does require a significant amount of support.
In the case of runners and swimmers, large breasts may sometimes hinder their speed which can cost them their success in their chosen sport.
While some may argue that weight loss can decrease the size of breasts, this only goes so far. Breasts that are naturally large can only be adequately downsized with surgery. For this reason, there are several famous athletes who have been open about the fact that they have undergone breast reduction surgeries, such as the case of Romanian tennis player Simona Halep who got breast reduction surgery at the age of 18 and went on to win six Women’s Tennis Association titles.
If you are an athlete and believe that large breasts are hindering your performance, weigh up your options. If you feel that a breast reduction may be the right solution for you, then contact Dean White Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.