More Female Athletes Turning To Cosmetic Enhancements

Their bodies are enviable-the female athletes who train relentlessly for physique contests and other sports. But some of their feminine attributes may pay the price, especially facial volume and breast fat, both of which diminish as a woman exercises away her overall body fat.

That's why Columbus, OH, plastic surgeon Jeffrey H. Donaldson, MD, says more athletic women are turning to cosmetic enhancements like breast augmentation and facial injections or fillers to create a more balanced look.

“Certain times, genetics can't get them all the way,” Dr. Donaldson told ABC-TV6 before the 2012 Arnold Classic body building competition in March. “[Cosmetic surgery] is one way in which they can enhance their physiques to try and win.”

There's a fine line between adding a few feminine curves and flat out cheating in a body building contest by adding chest, calf or bicep implants. However, he says his focus with the dozen or so patients he's worked with is to simply restore proportion.

“In the case of a female athlete who loses breast volume while she's training to increase her musculature, it may be appropriate to reconstruct the breast that's been lost,” he said. Adding that liposuction, breast implants, neurotoxin injections like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin*, and fillers like Restylane are most popular among the athletes.

Do you think cosmetic treatments like these are fair game in body building competitions, or does it give these athletes an unfair advantage?

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