Breast Augmentation: Is There An Ideal Contour?

Breast AugmentationIt’s no secret that breast augmentation is popular. In fact, it’s the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in Canada, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. While the effectiveness of this procedure is well-known, researchers recently set out to find out what people thought was the “aesthetic ideal of the breast.” What they found was that breasts with an “upper pole to lower pole ratio of 45:55” have almost universal appeal.

As reported in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, researchers from the Cadogan Clinic and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in London conducted several surveys aimed at discovering if there is truly an ideal breast contour. These surveys contained images of breasts of all different sizes, digitally altered to fit a number of different proportions. These proportions were based on the ratio of the upper pole to lower pole of breast, and included 35:65, 45:55, 50:50, and 55:45. The nipple was defined as the dividing line, meaning that 45% of the breast would be above the nipple, and 55% would be below.

Out of the 1,315 people who participated in the study, which also included 53 plastic surgeons, the 45:55 ratio was almost unanimously found to be the most popular — it was favored by 90% of men, 87% of women, and 94% of plastic surgeons. While there has long been a commonly-held belief that men prefer larger, oversized breasts, the results of this study have marked a change in that more people are interested in breast augmentation for natural-looking results.

So what can be taken from all of this? While the 45:55 ratio was found to be the most popular amongst several different groups, breast augmentation is still a personal procedure that’s unique to each individual patient. Together, you and your plastic surgeon will be able to decide what size and shape is right for you. If you’re ready to find out what this procedure can do for you, contact us and schedule a consultation today.

Breast Augmentation in Calgary

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation or any of the procedures we offer, contact Dr. Frank today. Our offices are located in Calgary, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!


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