A ‘Mini Boob Job’ | What is it?

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Smaller breast implants for athletes, bodybuilders, lean bodies and petite women

Have you heard the term ‘mini boob job’ and wondered what it means? Read on to find out more about this Breast Augmentation procedure which involves the use of smaller implants to achieve a more natural result; the perfect procedure for super lean body types, competitive athletes and those with smaller frames.

What is a Mini Boob Job?

People often have different ideas in mind when it comes to Breast Enhancement Surgery and the size and style of implants used to achieve the desired result.

We have noticed, however, a growing trend among some women who prefer a slightly smaller breast implant size than what we’ve typically seen in the past. This is being called a ‘Mini Boob Job’ or ‘Mini Breast Augmentation’ procedure.

So, what is this ‘new’ procedure? 

A Mini Boob Job involves the use of smaller implants, typically under 275 cc.

Size of implants used in Mini Boob Job: Between 150 cc and 275 cc.

Size of implants used in standard Breast Augmentation: Typically between 275 cc and 400 cc.

Using smaller breast implants is not for everyone, and on some frames may not make a noticeable difference, however less can be more for some women’s bodies.

Plus, a bit of cleavage, to some women, is better than none – compared to having too much cleavage or a significant volume increase that might impede sporting activities or sleeping options.

Why bother with a Breast Augmentation if you only want a small increase in size?

A Mini Boob Job generally appeals to those with a smaller or athletic frame, as well as professional athletes, where a more natural, subtle breast enhancement is better suited to their body type and lifestyle.

This type of procedure is a great way to enhance your breasts by providing added volume, without dramatically increasing your breast size, and may appeal to women who have only a small amount of natural breast (glandular) tissue. This is because a certain amount of natural breast tissue is required for a standard Breast Augmentation with larger implants, in order to help prevent rippling, stretching or ‘bottoming out’.

We all know that the bigger the implant, the higher the risk of premature sagging or of bottoming out and other skin concerns. So in this regard, smaller implants may have some advantages for women of a smaller size, or who have thin or sagging breast skin.

Will a Mini Boob Job achieve a more natural-looking result?

A smaller Breast Augmentation or Mini Boob Job can look more natural on some women’s bodies – and also on a person with a slightly larger or taller frame – however, the answer is that it depends on the person.

Your chosen Breast Surgeon will take into account many factors when suggesting the right procedure and breast implant size for your body shape, including your height, weight, physique, skin condition and desired result.

The key to getting good results from Breast Augmentation surgery is choosing a qualified, experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon who can help you to select the right size of breast implants for you.

Is having a Breast Augmentation or Mini Boob Job worth it?

If you’re contemplating your Breast Augmentation Surgery options, including the “mini boob job” – you’re certainly not alone. Many women choose augmentation to get the curves they’ve always wanted. The mini-boob job is no different, it just involves a smaller implant.

In terms of reasons for wanting breast augmentation, including the smaller breast implants used for mini boob jobs – it’s often because our Australian culture leaves us to prefer men have flatter, masculine or muscular looking chests, and we prefer women to have a bit of curvature and cleavage. Even a small amount of extra cleavage can make a woman feel more confident in her own skin – especially during summer at the beach.

Not everyone feels that way, but it does seem to be part of our cultural heritage and our sexual identity – especially with our outdoor beach culture (although VARIANCE is the norm).

Why Smaller Breast Implants Might be Better for some women

Larger breast implants aren’t always the answer for some body-lean, athletic woman or for women with smaller frames or narrow torsos.

Less can be more, for certain and when it comes to breast size, they are no exception.

Having less volume up top has benefits for many women.  Just ask anyone who’s undergone breast reduction surgery about the physical pains and social concerns they experienced due to having FAR TOO MUCH volume – and breast weight – “up top”.

But when there’s too little cleavage for one’s cultural tastes, fashion choices or physique preferences, then a person may say they they feel less feminine than they’d like, and research breast enlargement options (surgical or fat grafting).

Thin woman and petite woman with little body fat often lack volume in their chest area, and wish they could increase their bra cup size from an A (if that) to a B cup or C cup.

  • Some women love the freedom that comes with having very little natural breast volume, meaning they may not need to wear a bra OR they can readily compete in sports, or sleep face down with no discomfort.
  • Other women, may wish they had more chest area cleavage and curves.
  • The most common breast augmentation size increases tend to be from an A or B cup to a C or D cup.

A mini-boob job, however, often increases the breast volume to a fuller B cup, using 150 cc – 250 cc implants, rather than increasing the cup size to a C or D cup with implants in the size range of 275 cc to 400 cc.

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Let’s face it. Often, our sexuality – as well as our identity as women – appears linked with our perceptions of our appearance, and our body image. This includes our chest proportions and our cleavage preferences – simply put, some women want a slightly fuller look.

Women who are athletic, petite or lean, may lack a bit of upper body curvature or ‘breast volume.’

If this is you, you’re likely beginning to research breast augmentation options, including what’s known as the “mini boob job” or “smaller breast implant augmentation option” – designed to give you the cleavage of a breast enlargement, but in a way that still looks natural and balanced versus overdone.

We’re NOT talking about an augmentation surgery that will result in a “Gold Coast” or “Bondi” augmentation appearance, per se, but rather a smaller breast implant augmentation that involves a small to modest increase in bra cup size after augmentation surgery.

Is a mini boob job different from a traditional breast augmentation procedure?

  • The procedure itself is usually similar to a traditional augmentation; the primary differences might include (a) implant size,  (b) type of implant and (c) positioning of the implant/pocket size.
  • The result of a mini augmentation may be slightly larger and more predictable than fat grafting methods, on their own, could accomplish; yet smaller than the commonly requested C cup or D cup size increases.

Yes, the mini boob job means a smaller breast implant.

It is typically chosen by women who are petite, thin or competitive athletes/body builders, to sightly boost the breast size, improve the curvature and contours (and provide a bit of cleavage) – but not too much.

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Many female body builders and other competitive athletes ‘lose their boobs’ when they have a very low body fat ratio or low BMI.

With a Mini Boob Job, you don’t have to be flat when you’re superbly fit.

Find out more during a consultation by phoning us on (03) 8849 1444. We also have monthly events where you can meet our team, and learn more about our procedures.  Find out more today by sending an enquiry form.

Cost of Breast Augmentation: Is a mini boob job cheaper (less expensive) than a larger implants breast augmentation procedure?

No, the surgery is similar and the pricing is about the same, depending on if you choose Mentor or Motiva breast implants. The new Mentor breast implants are a bit more expensive, and both brands are excellent choices for suitable surgery candidates; but Motiva is becoming a preferred breast prosthesis choice as described in our recent blog, Are Motiva Breast Implants Better?).

What does a mini boob job result LOOK like when a smaller implant is used?

More examples can be seen during your one-one consultation with a highly respected Surgeon in our Melbourne clinic.

Examples of choosing a smaller breast implant for augmentation surgery (natural looking result):

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Examples of choosing a moderate sized breast implant for augmentation surgery (natural looking result):

Examples of choosing a moderate to slightly larger breast implant for augmentation surgery (natural looking result):


Unsure about the Plastic Surgery and breast augmentation implant size that might be best for you?

A personal consultation is required to assess which implant size may suit your body in a way that meets your surgery goals.

We have a top team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons who are highly regarded by patients and peers alike – for their natural-looking, body-balanced results.

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons located in Melbourne will be able to assess your desired goals and suggest the best options for your breast enlargement surgery.

Please contact a Patient Care Team at Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men today to book your consultation.

Phone (03) 8849 1444 or send us an enquiry form, below.

We look forward to helping you learn more about your options for enhancing your physique.

Last updated: 16/11/2019
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Dr Geoff Barnett
Dr Geoffrey Barnett, FRACS (Plas) is a Melbourne based Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has over 35 years of expertise in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery after Bariatric Surgery.Qualifications and Memberships: Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS) Member - Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [FRACS (Plast).The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the only professional body recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to train Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.Author BIO page: https://plasticsurgeons.com.au/dr-geoff-barnett/