Do I need a Mini Boob Job?
Breast Augmentation Surgery for smaller framed and thin patients
Chances are, if you’re on the thin side, only a relatively small volume breast implant called a ‘mini boob job’ will look natural.
Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Rebecca Wyten will do all she can to get you a natural-looking result that still gives you the curves you’re wanting from breast implants.
If you’re considering implants, how important is it that you have a certain level of body fat to help cover the breast implant/breast prosthesis?
In today’s blog we discuss breast augmentation for thin patients and/or bodybuilders with a very high muscle-to-fat ratio or very low body fat readings. If you’re not sure what your BMI is, we have a high-tech body mass measuring scale in our clinic.
What exactly is a Mini Boob Job?
There was a time when the term breast augmentation surgery was synonymous with going back home with much larger and heavier boobs. However, we have now started noticing a great shift in interest among women. Many of our patients now prefer a more natural look, rather than going over the top with something that looks unreal. The trend now points in the direction of implants that are significantly smaller than the ones we’ve used in the past.
Thus the ‘Mini Boob Job’ or the ‘Mini Breast Augmentation’ came into being for those who prefer an au naturel look, but a noticeable improvement in overall body shape and aesthetics.
I’m very thin – can I still get a mini boob job and still look great?
Is your BMI (Body Mass Index) on the very-low side?
- If you are a person who is very thin (genetically) or even a bodybuilder – you may not have natural breast volume and find you have little, if any, breast cleavage or breast curves.
- Having MINIMAL breast volume and very little breast cleavage is often genetic.
- It may, however, be partially related to how much body fat your body has. Naturally OR through your exercise and eating regime, especially if you’re a competitive athlete like a bodybuilder, runner or tennis player.
- If you’re an athlete, very thin or have low natural breast volume, you can still have breast augmentation. Its important to carefully consider the implant size and projection volume.
During a consultation, your existing tissues and breast volume will be assessed to help you choose the right size implant – and placement options – for your body type and skin condition.
Not all thin women lack breast volume – some women have naturally large breasts even with low body fat levels. Other women with a low BMI seek to enlarge their breasts with breast implants and breast augmentation surgery, to increase their cleavage.
- There are, however, some thin individuals who also have genetically larger breasts.
- But the majority of petite or thin women have less breast volume than they typically prefer.
- It can lead to a body that appears somewhat out of balance, or more masculine looking breast contours rather than feminine breast contours, depending on the contours of your lower physique and overall shape.
- This is one of the reasons so many women decide to have breast augmentation procedures.
If you’re currently researching your options for breast implants and are very thin we have some general questions you might want to ask about a mini boob job procedure.
If you’re a thin person, a competitive athlete or Body Builder exploring your Breast Augmentation Surgery, what are the 2 concerns you should keep in mind?
1. Will a mini boob job still look natural if I’m thin?
- Every patient is unique and results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
- How your breast enlargement results APPEAR after breast augmentation surgery with implants or fat transfer depends on several factors.
These include the size of your selected breast implant, the distance between your nipples, torso length and girth, and other physique proportions.
- The condition of your skin, and how much natural breast tissue volume you already have before your implants, will also have an effect on breast surgery results.
- You might also explore your fat transfer or fat grafting to breasts options (if you have enough fat to “harvest” via liposuction from other areas) to help add some minor volume or cleavage, or potentially cover the areas where an implant might be more obvious in the super-thin but healthy patient.
But what’s probably not going to suit you best is choosing the largest size breast implants available. These are known as the glamorous looking breast augmentation or very large breast implants.
That noted, every woman is different. You may be thin but tall and strong, and still look great with larger implants. It’s best to assess your physique as a whole before selecting a size. This occurs during a confidential no-obligation consultation and will help you assess your breast augmentation and enlargement options.
2. Will having a mini breast augmentation affect my posture or body balance?
- A well-suited breast implant size for your body is unlikely to cause disruption to your body balance.
- You MAY, however, find carrying a BIT more weight/breast volume on your upper half DOES impact your movements and your posture, it’s usually only slight for most women. Those who do have breast augmentation love having new curves on their upper body.
- Sometimes posture actually improves after having augmentation (it’s usually a body-confidence thing).
- At other times, having larger breasts may slightly change the way you move or walk or exercise.
Above all, after breast augmentation, do wear a supportive bra at all times to protect and support your breasts.
Breast Augmentation and Posture Changes
Many patients who have breast augmentation say they now stand up a bit straighter. This is because they feel more confident about revealing their upper body and curves no matter what size implants they have.
- Others find they have to adjust their daily bra-wearing habits and exercise routines to accommodate a larger breast size after getting implants.
- Running may also feel different, as will floor-based exercises where you’re lying face down (certain yoga postures, for example).
- Even sleeping prone may feel different or potentially uncomfortable after having surgery. Although many women sleep face down, on their side or upright before and after having breast implants inserted.
How does the Mini Boob Job differ from regular Breast Augmentation Surgeries?
During standard breast augmentation surgeries, the size of implants that we typically use is between 275-400 cc.
The size of implants that we use for Mini Boob Jobs, however, is always less than 275 cc, and ranges between 150-275 cc depending upon your personal preference and body type.
The surgery is very similar to standard breast augmentation procedures. The difference lies in three main areas:
- The size of the implant
- The type of implant used
- The pocket-size, or the final positioning of the smaller implant
We don’t usually recommend mini boob jobs to just about everyone because they may not make a very prominent difference on some body types. With leaner, more petite frames, however, smaller implants can create just the right effect. While some women may prefer implants that result in larger, more prominent curves – others may want the ‘less is more’ impact with a smaller cleavage that fits a smaller frame.
Why would anyone want smaller breasts even after surgery?
We’ve seen that this particular procedure appeals more to those with a leaner, or a more petite body frame. You’ll notice that professional athletes, for instance, have a relatively small physique and therefore, a natural-looking breast enhancement suits their lifestyle, routine and their bodies in general.
This surgery offers added volume and better shape in a subtle yet impactful manner without dramatically transforming the body. The Mini Boob Job may be ideal for you if you have a small amount of natural glandular tissue in your breast which doesn’t offer the right shape or volume that you need. Smaller implants work best in this situation because for standard breast augmentation surgeries, a certain amount of natural tissue needs to be present to prevent failure of the surgery through stretching, rippling or ‘bottoming out’ of the implants.
It is common knowledge that the larger the size of the implant, the greater is the risk of premature sagging or ‘bottoming out’ of the prosthesis. Keeping this information in view, if you have a petite frame, then smaller implants can definitely offer you better results.
Can a Mini Boob Job give me natural-looking breasts?
We’ve said that the Mini Boob Job surgery appeals more to women with a leaner physique, but that’s not the limit procedure. It can give just about anyone a better volume and a better shape in the form of very natural-looking breasts.
We try our best to make sure that you’re prepared for the outcome of every surgery. Prior to the procedure, during the consultation session, we’ll take into consideration your expectations from the surgery, your general body type, height, weight, overall condition of the skin, and the amount of natural glandular breast tissue present. We’ll then tell you what type and size of implant are best-suited to you, based on your personal preference as well as your body type.
If you want nothing but the best, most flawless results from your breast augmentation, it is important to choose a surgeon with the right qualifications and experience. A professional, licensed plastic surgeon can help you choose the right implant and the right size that will work best for you.