There has been much ado about the ol’ phrase “size matters,” and usually when we’re discussing it we’re referring to penis size. Now it seems like some doctors are on a quest to discover the perfect breast size.
According to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the fantasy of gigantic balloon boobs has most definitely fallen out of favour with men and women alike — if it ever really was in favour.
British doctors surveyed 1,315 people (men, women, and plastic surgeons), asking them to look at photos of different breasts and pick the proportions they liked best.
So what is the “perfect size,” according to the study? Nope, not like Dolly’s.
And nothing like Pamela’s.
Yep, the winning ratio across all three groups was 45:55 — in other words, 45 per cent of breast tissue falls above the nipple line, and 55 per cent falls below. This is the “natural” shape of the human breast, and nothing like the grotesquely large fake orbs of yesterday. The ideal size is around a larger B-cup or a smaller C-cup, with a little room for give or take. The study used statue Venus de Milo as the perfect breast specimen:
“Particularly in previous decades, plastic surgeons have used implants that were often round due to being filled with saline,” wrote researchers Dr. Patrick Mallucci of The Cadogan Clinic and Dr. Olivier Branford of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. “These inevitably gave an unnatural football-like or Baywatch breast with overfilling of the top of the breast due to the implant shape and lack of understanding as to what to aim for.”
You might be thinking: how DARE you! All breasts are beautiful in their own way. We here at The Loop agree with you completely, and want to clarify that this study was conducted in order to update and finesse the standards of plastic surgery, and to keep results consistent across the board. The information is meant to help plastic surgeons have a more streamlined template not only for breast augmentation/implants, but also for breast reductions and reconstruction after cancer treatment.
Oh, and as for fake boobs, that whole trend seems to be phasing out. Men overwhelmingly chose natural breasts over any implants. Take that, popular culture! Bigger isn’t always better.