Need a lift? The latest cosmetic craze gives your bust a boost without having to go under the knife and it can all be done in the time it takes to grab a sandwich!
What is it?
The 'boob jab', as it's been nicknamed, is the latest cosmetic surgery fad. Ideal for women who want to increase their cup size or who want a fuller shape, it's a non-surgical procedure that promises bigger boobs in less than half an hour!
How does it work?
After a local anaesthetic is administered under the armpits, a gel-like filler called Macrolane is injected deep into the breast tissue using a thick 20cm-long needle (don't worry, a screen is put in front of your face so your can't see a thing!). As the Macrolane is injected, the surgeon manipulates the breast so that the fluid fills to create the best possible shape.
How long does it take?
This is the best bit you can now have bigger boobs in the time it takes to order a coffee and eat your lunch! The relatively pain-free procedure takes less than half and hour and there is no recovery period, so after your bust boost you can head straight back to the office!
How long does it last?
Unlike breast implants, the effects of Macrolane injections are not permanent. The new shape usually lasts between 18 months to two years after this time a top-up injection is required.
How much does it cost?
At around $5000-$7000 a pop, it's not cheap! But if you're after a fuller bust and don't want to go under the surgeon's knife, then a quick boob jab is a good alternative.
Are there any side effects?
Macrolane is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring, synthetic substance that's commonly used in facial fillers. There's no evidence in regards to the long-term side effects because unlike silicone, Macrolane is broken down by the body and expelled with normal bodily waste.
According to the Singapore-based creator of Macrolane's breast-shaping technique, Dr Woffles Wu, opting to re-shape the breasts rather than have implants means patients can now also avoid scarring and common problems often associated with breast augmentation, such as flat nipples.
Where can you get it done?
While Dr Wu will be in Australia next month to begin teaching cosmetic surgeons more about the procedure, Macrolane injections won't actually be available here until early next year. In the meantime, Dr Wu has already begun performing 'in-transit breast augmentations' for women who just can't wait. These eager few have arranged stop-overs in Singapore so they can get the procedure done ahead of time.
Don't want to go under the knife or dalliance with a nasty needle?
Then why not try these natural, non-surgical bust-boosting alternatives…
- Breast enlargement cream
These wonder creams are said to contain phytoestrogens, which are naturally occurring plant compounds that have the ability to create estrogen-like effects on the breast tissue. They are easily absorbed into the skin.
- Bust-boosting exercises
Breast toning exercises work your chest muscles and stimulate maximum muscle fibres, which mean firmer, more shapely boobs!
- Herbal supplements
Fennel, blessed thistle, fenugreek, hops and the Chinese herb Dong Quai are only a few of the herbs that have century-old reputations as having breast enhancing properties. These herbs are available in capsule form, working internally to generate the growth of new breast tissue.