“The chest, the house of the heart, is an important centre of a person’s being. I may locate my consciousness in my head, but myself, my existence as a solid person in the world, starts from my chest, from which I feel my self rise and radiate.” (Young, 1992:215)
The female breast has held both symbolic and functional meanings throughout history and across cultures. They are an ever present symbol in our art and in popular culture. In one sense breasts have come to symbolise motherhood, beauty, self esteem, body image and femininity. They also provide visible evidence of femininity, sexuality and desire. Breasts also serve as a source of nourishment for the young. The female breast is one of the first signs that children use to differentiate male from female. Because female breasts have this dual meaning and value they contribute to a woman’s body image and confidence on personal, social and societal levels. Breast abnormalities, whether too small, too large, or deformed due to cancer, can have devastating psychological effects on a woman, including self-consciousness, insecurity, inferiority, and fear of undesirability. We understand how important breast aesthetics are to women which is why we take pride in our superior technique of breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast reconstruction.
The Ideal Breast
Recently, the notion of the ideal breast has been defined. Through cross sectional studies as well as a survey of breast aesthetics as depicted through art history Mallucci et al. defined the ideal breast proportions. These proportions are our goal with any breast surgery we perform, whether breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast reconstruction. The Ideal Proportion is defined as having 45 percent of the breast volume resting above the nipple and 55 percent of the volume below the nipple. Keeping these proportions in mind helps us determine volume distribution, incision location, and nipple placement in breast surgery.