There’s no way of estimating how many botched boob jobs there are each year in the UK, but Dr. Patrick Mallucci, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at University College London and the Royal Free Hospitals, wanted to find out why many cosmetic surgeries fail, so he led a study of the topless models that appear in the famous "Page 3" section of the British newspaper The Sun to find the perfect breast shape.
Dr. Mallucci explained: "I spend a lot of time each month redoing breast augmentations that have been done poorly by other surgeons, leaving a woman with uneven, misshapen or droopy breasts, or a gaping cleavage."
His three month study, 'Concepts In Aesthetic Breast Dimensions: Analysis Of The Ideal Breast,' analyzed the breasts of 100 topless models: "For 30 years The Sun has been putting a picture of a topless girl on Page 3 every day, making it one of the paper’s most enduringly popular features. The fundamental rule is that for a girl to make it on to Page 3, she must have entirely natural breasts."
"The fact that Page 3 remains as popular now as ever shows that the woman who selects these topless models, and interestingly it is a woman, is doing something right. It made me question what it is that makes readers find these breasts appealing to the eye, and whether there is a common theme between them that might define that."
The study based on a series of scientific measurements and not on the opinions of Dr. Mallucci: "We used computer measuring tools to examine the dimensions and proportions of each pair of breasts, identifying four features common to all of them."
Dr. Mallucci added: "The study revealed that in all cases the nipple 'meridian,' the horizontal line drawn at the level of the nipple, lay at a point where, on average, the proportion of the breast above it represented 45 percent of overall volume of the breast and below it 55 percent (see above picture)."
"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."
"For the first time, plastic surgeons now have a powerful visual imagery of the proportions that make a breast attractive. Now we can show women images to highlight shape and form that will actually give them what they want."
"Many women seek breast surgery after pregnancy has left them with deflated breasts and comment that they’d like fullness added to the top. But when shown an image of a woman’s breasts that fit the 45:55 ratio versus breasts that have more fullness on the upper pole, very few women ever then select the latter."
Dr.. Mallucci concluded: "It’s not that most surgeons don’t know what makes a breast attractive, it’s just that nobody’s studied and defined it before. In theory it could lead to a reduction in the number of poor boob jobs ‘Patients often talk about the cup size they’d like to go up to, or that they want volume in a particular area or a fuller cleavage, but this is usually very vague."
"What we need are objective measurements. The division into thirds and fifths by artist Leonardo da Vinci acts as a guide for surgeons performing facelifts, these dimension are simply pleasing to the eye. We also use precise nasal proportions that provide a template for the ideal nose shape and size, which acts as a map for rhinoplasty."
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