The newest trend in augmentation might not be what you think. All that’s needed is a quick sweep through the breast augmentation community on RealSelf to notice the trend: While the procedure is among the top three researched treatments in 2014 (and has also remained the most performed cosmetic surgery in the U.S. since 2006), women considering breast implants at our Baton Rouge practice and beyond seem to have a hard time dissociating breast implants from porn stars.
- “I was very against breast implants for most of my adult life. I viewed them as something that only porn stars got.”— RealSelf user SDattorney
- “I was really afraid I would come out of surgery looking like a porn star and then everyone would know I had breast implants.”— RealSelf user newboobs88
- “I don’t want porn star boobs by any means, but I don’t want to go so small that it isn’t worth it either.”— RealSelf user peppertree81
The assumption appears to be widespread: porn stars = large boobs; large boobs = “fake and obnoxious.”
Does breast size matter?
But what if it’s not really about the size, as so many of us have come to believe? After all, most of us know at least one woman with naturally large breasts who we don’t think comes across looking fake. The worry when considering implants seems to be about “everyone knowing” that the implants are there—an issue that arises not because of size, but due to unnatural-looking ratios.
According to a new study conducted by plastic surgeons Olivier Branford and Patrick Mallucci, the key to the ideal breast is all about the math. The doctors asked 1,315 respondents (both men and women of a variety of ages and ethnic backgrounds) to rank the attractiveness of four women with varying breast sizes. Each of the women’s breasts were morphed into four different proportions (35:65, 45:55; 50:50, and 55:45), based on the percentage of the breast above and below the nipple.
What the doctors found was that the upper-to-lower pole ratio of 45:55 was rated the most natural and attractive, regardless of individual demographics. “Our findings have shown that the same proportions are universally preferred regardless of absolute breast size,” Dr. Mallucci tells RealSelf. “Breast size is independent of the features that define the ideal breast,” adds Dr. Branford. “Women can be small and beautiful or big and beautiful. It’s for the women to choose.”
What is the ideal breast implant for natural-looking results?
The answer to that question depends on the individual. We take great care to help patients choose the implant size, fill material, placement, and projection that will give them the natural-looking fullness they’re looking for. In some cases, that may also mean combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift to adjust the breasts’ position on the body. We talk more about implant choices and more in our Beginner’s Guide to Breast Implants.
Here’s an example of one of our patients who gained beautifully natural-looking breasts with implants:
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You can see more breast augmentation before and after photos in our photo gallery.
If you’re ready to look beyond the misconceptions about breast implants and explore your own breast augmentation options, our Baton Rouge team is ready to help. You can use our online form to request a consultation or call us at (225) 399-0001 to schedule an appointment at our Baton Rouge, Hammond, Covington, or Denham Springs locations.