Tennis Star to Have Breast Reduction Surgery

Simona Halep
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Simona Halep, 17 year old Romanian tennis star, will be having a breast reduction operation this fall. Halep won the junior French Open title last year. She is reported to say, "'This fall I'll have a breast reduction operation. The breasts make me uncomfortable when I play. It's the weight that troubles me - my ability to react quickly."

Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is an operation designed to reduce and reshape large breasts. It is a surgical procedure designed to help reduce and in many cases eliminate, the pain and other symptoms associated with large breasts. Discomfort associated with large breasts can include chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as painful shoulder grooves from bra straps. It can also include chronic rashes under the breasts in the inframammary fold. These are the medical reasons to have a breast reduction. Most insurance companies in the United States will cover breast reduction surgery done for medical reasons. Be sure to check your policy.

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Non-medical reasons may include difficulty finding a bra that will fit. also limit women’s abilities to perform routine daily activities and may cause significant emotional distress. By reducing breast size, breast reduction surgery can relieve many of these symptoms. It can also make it easier to perform routine daily activities and exercise more comfortably.

There are several techniques used by surgeons to reduce breast size. The correct one for each woman will depend on many factors including the actual breast size, amount of tissue to be removed, the amount of ptosis (sagging) associated with the breast, and any previous surgeries on her breasts.

In general, postoperative complications are seen more commonly in patients with large resections, obesity, history of tobacco use, and young age. Complications can include wound dehiscence, fat necrosis, infection, bleeding, asymmetry, changes in nipple sensation, and loss of ability to breast feed.

Sources
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Insurance Coverage: A Patient's Guide -- American Society of Plastic Surgeons Website
Breast Reduction, a Guide for the Patient –ASPS

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