The notion of the ideal breast and its variability: Reviewing the difficulty of perceiving beauty through defined margins

Amanda Rubano, Charalampos Siotos, Gedge David Rosson, Michele Manahan

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The pursuit of the perfect breast has existed for centuries. Today, women seek reconstructive or cosmetic procedures to approach their current ideals. We conducted a literature search for studies relevant to physical markers of esthetically pleasing breasts and tools to help surgeons achieve these results. Various studies created parameters to define the ideal breast, such as specific proportions, while others suggest that attitudes will fluctuate based on culture and experience. Clinicians should be aware of potential parameters that define the ideal breast and that preference can be influenced by demographics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBreast Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • breast
  • breast surgery
  • esthetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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