Is there a consensus on the shape of a perfect breast? Recent medical studies suggest there may be ideal for shape and breast proportion. A surgeon from England at University College London evaluated over 100 women who were Page 3 models from the UK to determine the nipple and areola’s ideal location on a woman’s breast. Since these women have been featured in major magazines, it was determined that they represent the ideal shape desired by men and women. In the study, they found that the ideal position of the nipple was not in the middle of the breast itself; it was located at a position slightly above the center, with 45% of the breast being above the nipple and 55% of the breast below. This gives the breast the traditional “teardrop” shape often requested by many patients electing to undergo breast augmentation. With a nipple being slightly above the midline, it gives the appearance of a more youthful breast, which is often sought by patients undergoing breast augmentation.
In San Diego, we frequently see patients requesting a breast augmentation procedure who wants to have a natural-appearing “teardrop” shape. The proportion described by the study also holds true for any size breast, whether that be a small cup or larger D cup breasts. Additionally, this has been proven true in subsequent studies.
Patients need to keep in mind that despite a surgeon knowing the ideal shape of a breast, it does not mean that this can be achieved in every patient. Certain anatomic limitations exist in every patient, and there are limits to augmentation surgery. Communication with your plastic surgeon is key to achieving the best outcome in your particular situation. Having this information helps us better accomplish the ideal result for each patient based on their anatomy.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.