Summary: Breast augmentation is one of the most consistently popular plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures year after year. And yet, there’s little consensus on what size the breast enhancement itself should be, largely because that is ultimately left up to the woman requesting the surgery. A group of researchers, however, are attempting to determine if there is such a thing as a “perfect” breast size and shape, and then, how that size and shape can be applied to breast enhancement surgeries.

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The Perfect Breast

It all comes down to proportion. According to research published in Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, this translates into an upper pole to lower pole ratio of 45:55. What does that mean? Think of the traditional teardrop shape: slightly larger on the bottom than on the top. That is, 45% of the breast is the top half and 55% of the breast is the bottom half.

Maybe Fuller Isn’t Better

This calls into question the notion of the ultra-full, rounded breast. This is often a popular choice, but according to this study, which surveyed over 1000 women, the full breast would not be ideal, as it evenly distributes the mass. In other words, the rounder breast implant has a 50:50 ration (or 1:1, for you math types that have to reduce). Often, these implants are used for the cleavage they produce, which is something this particular study did not examine.

The researchers believe this 45:55 ratio will produce a useful template, not only for breast augmentation, but also for breast lifts, breast reconstruction, and even breast reductions. In other words, the researchers see this ratio as a model to follow.

It’s Up to the Woman

Ultimately, breast size and shape is completely subjective. Most plastic surgeons, performing breast augmentation in Milwaukee or Los Angeles or New York, will tell you that in the end, it’s all about proportion—not only of the breast itself, but with the rest of the body as well. It’s particularly important to look at the width of the shoulders and the overall size of your frame.

It’s also not a bad idea to try some breast sizes on. Most plastic surgeons have a specialized bra that simulates the size of your final breasts. Of course, this is just an approximation, but a good plastic surgeon will be able to give you an idea of just how close an approximation it is.

The Search Continues

While the researches of this study may make certain claims about how universal their findings are, I continue to be of the mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect breast. As with many things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there’s no eye more important than that of the person undergoing the operation.

So if you’d like to get started on your breast augmentation, contact your plastic surgeon today.