Topless models provide plastic surgeon guidelines for breast augmentation

October 27, 2011

British plastic surgeon seeks mathematical proportions of the perfect breast.
British plastic surgeon seeks mathematical proportions of the perfect breast.

A top British plastic surgeon has an excuse for studying topless models. His source is a bestselling British “red-top” newspaper, containing celebrity gossip, sensational crime reporting, entertainment news and one topless girl a day with 100 percent natural breasts. His mission is to study these breasts. His goal is to find the mathematical proportions for the perfect breast.

Sure, you can say that the perfect breast is a matter of personal preference and the source material is less than scientific but, according to the Mail Online, October 15th, 2011, “when shown mock-ups of the female form based on these equations, most women agree that they are indeed the ideal vital statistics.”

The surgeon conducted a three-month study, analyzing the breasts of 100 topless models to determine the exact factors that make a woman’s breasts attractive. He used computer measuring tools to examine the dimensions of the upper and lower pole (areas above and below the nipple), the angle at which the nipple points and the slope of the upper pole.

The study showed that in all cases the nipple “meridian” (horizontal line drawn at the level of the nipple), lay at a point where, on average, the proportion of breast above it represented 45 percent of overall breast volume and below it 55 percent of overall breast volume. Ergo the 45:55 ratio.

“In the majority of cases the upper pole was either straight or concave, and the nipple was pointing skywards at an average angle of 20 degrees. In all cases the breasts demonstrated a tight convex lower pole – a neat but voluminous curve.”

Many women seek breast surgery after pregnancy has left them with deflated breasts, so they tell their surgeons they would like fullness added to the top. However, when shown an image of breasts that fit the 45:55 ratio compared with breasts that have more upper pole fullness, very few women ever select the image with the fullness on top.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation has long been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Simply asking a woman what cup size she wants does not say enough. This British plastic surgeon has used unorthodox sources and less than scientific methods to make some good points about breast aesthetics.


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