A team of plastic surgeons from London claim they have found the perfect breast shape. They published their findings in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
According to the results of the study, a breast with an upper pole to lower pole ratio of 45:55 is most universally appealing. The lead authors of the study believe this ratio can be used “as the basis for design in aesthetic surgery.”
The Ideal Ratio
The research team asked more than 1,300 individuals to look at pictures of four differently sized breasts, and rank them for attractiveness. The team compared the answers of men vs. women, people of different ages and those of different races/ethnic groups. They also included the ratings of more than 50 plastic surgeons.
All groups ranked the picture of the breast with the 45:55 ratio as the most attractive. In this picture, 45 percent of the breast was in the upper pole (i.e., above the nipple) and 55 percent of the breast was in the lower pole (below the nipple). In other words, the breast was slightly fuller on the bottom than the top, instead of equally full on top and bottom or fuller on top than on bottom. The breast with the 45:55 ratio earned 87 percent of the votes of women in their thirties, 90 percent of all men and 94 percent of plastic surgeons.
The other breasts pictured had radios of 35:65, 50:50 and 55:45.
One of the authors of the study, Dr. Patrick Mallucci of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in London, noted an interesting finding in the women’s answers. Dr. Mallucci said that when comparing the responses from women under 40 and women over 40, the more mature group favored breasts with more upper pole fullness, “perhaps as a reflection of their own loss of projection over time.”
Also of interest to the research team: men preferred the more natural look of the breast with the 45:55 ratio, thus disputing the cliché that men prefer oversized or artificially enhanced-looking breasts.
Why This Information Is Important
Dr. Mallucci and his colleagues believe that the results of the study could influence breast augmentation surgeons and potential candidates. While traditionally women have expressed a desire for an overfilled, oversized look, they may start to consider a more natural-appearing breast.
The results of the study could also help define an aesthetic template for all types of breast surgery, the authors said, including breast lift, breast reduction and breast reconstruction.
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