Body Builders Breast Surgery: Thin Patients Breast Shape Options


Breast Shaping Surgery for Thin Patients and Body Builders

Enhancing the shape of breasts in women with a low Body Mass Index (BMI)

Is your BMI (Body Mass Index) on the low side? If you are a person who is healthy but genetically thin…perhaps you’re even a bodybuilder who competes for global titles…you may find that you don’t have much natural breast volume and little if any, cleavage. Having minimal breast volume and zilch cleavage is often genetic, although there are some thin individuals who also have genetically larger breasts.

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On the whole, however, a majority of athletes, competitive bodybuilders, very petite or thin women have less breast volume than they’d prefer.

How does being lean affect your breast shape or breast size?

  • Having a thin body or a very-muscular, athletic appearance with very little body fat can lead to a body that appears somewhat out of balance – or less feminine – than desired.
  • This is different, however, for every individual.
  • How your breast shape looks depends on the contours of your lower physique as well as your upper physique; whether breast surgery is a good option for you depends
  • This is one of the reasons so many women decide to have breast volumisation Plastic Surgery or other breast shaping procedures such as fat grafting to breasts.

If you’re one of these women, who are currently considering her options for breast implants, here are the general questions you might be asking about the procedure.

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If you’re a thin person or competitive Body Builder who’s exploring Breast Shaping Surgery, what would be your concerns?

Concern 1: Will getting breast implants to look natural on me if I’m very thin?

  • How your breast implant surgery result LOOKS after surgery depends on several factors.
  • These include the size of the 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.
  • Chances are, if you’re on the thin side, only a relatively small volume breast implant (the mini boob job) will look natural; although our surgeons do all they can to get you a natural-looking result that still gives you the curves you’re wanting from breast implants.
  • 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, known as the glamorous looking breast augmentation.

That noted, every person’s different. Ask our Specialist Surgeons for an assessment, as somebody types do suit the very large breast implant size options if that’s what you’re looking for in terms of breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Surgery Concern 2: Will it disrupt my posture or body balance?

  • A well-chosen, well-suited breast implant size is unlikely to cause much disruption to your posture or body balance.
  • But you MAY find carrying a bit more volume on your upper half does impact your movements and your posture.
  • Sometimes it will improve and other times it may change the way you move or walk in different ways.

Posture and breast size:  Many women who have breast augmentation they are proud of, in terms of overall body shape impacts, end up standing up straighter – because they feel more confident about their upper body curves.

  • 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 as well as on their sides or uprights before and after having breast implants inserted.

Top-heavy and cumbersome? Unlikely when you’ve chosen a suitable implant size that will look and feel appropriate for your chest size, torso and height. But, if you have very large breast implants and thin hips as well as overall body thinness, there’s a chance you may feel slightly top-heavy. However, the weight of the hips (the heaviest part of the body) is usually enough to keep your posture and balance aligned.

Meet our Surgeons for Breast Shaping for Body Builders

We have top breast surgeons available in Melbourne and Sydney locations, with expertise in bodybuilders breast shaping procedures using implants or fat grafting.

Dr Sackelariou also performs Breast Surgery for Body Builders in Sydney AND in Melbourne Australia as well as breast enlargement for thin, lean or athletic patients with a low BMI score.

Our entire Team of breast augmentation Surgeons customises their surgeries to meet the needs of each individual patients.

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Breast Implant Surgery Concern 3: What shape of breast implant is best for bodybuilders or thin patients?


Do I need to choose anatomical vs round implants to get a more natural-looking result?

  • This question is best asked of your preferred Specialist Plastic Surgeon, as there’s no one answer that suits all.
  • However, Dr Rubinstein has covered some of this in a video interview about different types of implants including Motiva and Mentor.
  • Each of our Surgeons, however, will use individual surgical strategies to help sculpt your breast shape or size increase during surgery.

Sometimes an anatomical implant can help your surgeon create a specific type of cleavage (under the muscle placement strategies). But most Plastic Surgeons prefer round as this limits rotation risks PLUS gives upper pole cleavage that many women are seeking in a breast augmentation.

  • But a round breast plant vs an anatomical implant can also be inserted into a breast pocket in a way that helps the Surgeon achieve the desired volume or cleavage you’re wanting as a patient (be sure you have realistic expectations, however, as what you’re starting with in terms of skin and breast tissue will impact your choices and breast implant surgery results).
  • Results can vary from patient to patient. Be sure you understand the limitations of surgical enlargements and the life expectancy or lifetime warranty of breast implants according to the manufacturers.
  • The MOTIVA breast implant, or a Mentor implant, are often used by our team of Plastic Surgeons for Breast Augmentation in Melbourne.
  • These quality silicon implants assist our Plastic Surgeons to help patients attain the natural-looking results they prefer.
  • It’s important, however, to choose an implant size or profile (projection dimensions, volume or shape) that suits the skin condition, body frame and torso length – as these dimensions all impact on your breast surgery results.
  • But you may find carrying a bit more volume on your upper half DOES impact your movements and your posture.
  • In competitive bodybuilding, you may find the volume balances out your muscular lower body BUT be sure to ask your Surgeon about the placement and the pectoral muscles or chest muscles (pecs) and how, or if, the implant will impact on your strength or bodybuilding training times.
  • Watch a Youtube video of pectoralis muscle anatomy (opens in a new tab).

Breast Implant Surgery Concern 4: How long will I need to wait before competing in my sport, again?

  • The answer is that you’ll usually need several weeks off of competitive sports and running or horseback riding, sometimes longer, when you have plastic surgery.
  • Recovery from breast implant surgery can take several weeks to a few months, but there is variance between patients.
  • You must also be sure to wear the right support bra or sports garments to support the breast implants and reduce unnecessary movements (bouncing or traumas) to the breast area.
  • If you’re a professional boxer who’s getting breast implants, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon and take his or her advice on recovery times, waiting periods and breast implant placement options.
  • Remember, all surgery does have risks, too – so if you’re one of the unlucky few who have a complication, you may end up taking longer to recover than initially assumed.
  • Allow adequate time so you don’t feel stressed, and plan your surgery as far in advance as you can, working around competition and training dates.
  • Avoid the heightened risks of breast implant surgery in overseas tourist destinations – instead, choose a qualified Plastic Surgeon and be sure you know the difference between a Cosmetic Vs Plastic Surgeon (FRACS) in terms of training and experience in handling complex breast augmentation scenarios and potential complications.

In general, and not to replace medical advice (you MUST ask your Surgeon directly for advice, and follow his or her recommendations precisely):

  • You’ll need at least 2 weeks of rest but potentially a few months of limited training so as to allow the body to heal properly from the surgical experience.
  • Ask your Surgeon for details, but you can also peruse some general estimates by ordering our Recovery Guide or Breast Guides.
  • We also have a newly available surgery date planning guide to help you consider other factors that may influence when it might be best to plan your breast procedure.

Further Reading about Breast Surgery

Last updated: 16/05/2022
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry. Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery previously Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men Bio Page:

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With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.