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Ideally the perfect breasts would be symmetric. Although this seldom comes to mind, perfect breasts aren't what one would expect. One study showed that breast asymmetry in women is a commonality amongst the population. Nearly 80 % of women have asymmetric breasts. Breast asymmetry is measured by several parameters, such as nipple areolar complex size & position, breast size/breast mound volume, breast/chest wall shape, degree of ptosis (sagging), and inframammary fold location. With this in mind, when one seeks a breast augmentation, any subtle difference of the breast may become more obvious after surgery.
- The nipple should be pointed outwards and parallel to the ground.
- The upper pole of the breast should be full and not "deflated" as found in a "swooping breast." The upper pole of the breast typically becomes "deflated" with aging, pregnancy or even with significant weight loss as seen in athletic women.
- The lower pole of the breast should be fuller than the upper pole of the breast. The lower pole should also have a round shape.
- The upper pole should have a slope from the upper chest down to the level of the nipple.
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- According to a recent British Study by Dr. Malluci, the proportion of the upper to the lower pole should have a 45:55 ratio
- The angulation of the nipple should be pointing upwards at a mean angle of 20° from the nipple meridian
- According to the study, the upper pole slope should be linear or slightly concave, and the lower pole should be convex.
|Before & After Photos of Breast Augmentation using the Dual-Plane Technique performed by Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC. Natural slope achieved after breast augmentation.|
Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC
Plastic Surgeon in The Woodlands
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