The Quest for a Natural Breast

The Quest for a Natural Breast

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mr Olivier Branford, Consultant Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon has written an article for SLOAN! Magazine on breast shapes throughout the ages.

As a renowned breast surgeon, with a special interest in breast augmentation and microsurgical reconstructive surgery, Mr Branford is one of the UK’s brightest and most innovative surgeons, priding himself on his extensive knowledge, surgical finesse and patient results.

This exploratory feature investigates the changing shape and fashion of women’s breasts, posing the question “is there an ideal natural breast size and shape”? Whilst ideal aesthetic proportions for the face, nose and body are used to plan cosmetic surgery, there are no proportions for the breast – meaning that the ideal proportions for breast reconstruction and augmentation are left to the surgeon.

Mr Branford undertook a research project in 2015 with Mr Patrick Mallucci, examining breast mathematics and the ideal shape. The study found that people preferred natural beauty in the breast, rather than the inflated “Baywatch” shape. From this study, they identified the 45:55 ratio as being the natural ideal for breast shape – 55% fuller in the lower breast than the upper breast, which has 45% volume.

Looking at throughout the last 2000 years up to the present day, Mr Branford undertook another study of the Roman Goddess Venus with Grace Vane Percy, an internationally acclaimed female nude portrait photographer. They looked at the breast shape of Venus in 148 paintings and sculptures. As one of the most worshipped goddesses who encompasses love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory, the study found that there was only a 1.4% change in upper to lower breast shape in over 2,000 years; confirming the 45:55 ratio as the ideal breast shape.

With revision surgery following poor breast augmentation up by 30%, Mr Branford is passionate about raising standards and educating both surgeons and patients alike about natural breast shapes and the importance of meticulous surgical planning. “I believe that these studies will be used as the basis for design in aesthetic breast surgery, representing the patient's best interests not only from an aesthetic standpoint but also in terms of longevity of breast.”

Read the full article here.