Searching for the Ideal Breast


Beauty, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to the perfect breast, though, a recent study seems to indicate that most of us agree on a certain ideal. The conclusions reached by the team of researchers from the United Kingdom reflect my personal experience specializing in breast lifts and breast augmentation in New Jersey.

The study, published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, asked survey participants to choose from a series of images to determine which breast proportions looked best. What the researchers found is that both men and women overwhelmingly agree on what is considered “ideal breast” proportions.

What is especially interesting about the conclusions is that they contradict a popular belief that fullness in the upper breast is more attractive. The results show that people view breasts that are slightly fuller at the bottom, with nipples pointing up at a slight angle, as the most attractive. As the researchers wrote, “Past assumptions that a full upper pole is deemed as attractive are not supported by our findings and, as such, this study challenges conventional thought about breast attractiveness.”

A lot of patients tend to base their goals on how they will look in clothes. More upper pole fullness translates into more cleavage. But patients also desire results that appear natural, particularly when out of clothes, which is more in line with the study’s findings.

Experienced cosmetic breast surgeons listen to patients describe their cosmetic goals, while using their training and experience to help get results that will look proportional. Plastic surgeons can use the results of this study during consultations to help them customize breast augmentation results for each individual.

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