Could plastic surgeons define an “attractive” breast differently based on thier demographic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds? Noting the lack of plastic surgery literature regarding breast-shape preferences, a research team headed by Peter Niclas Broer, M.D., of Yale University, decided to try and find out if factors such as sex, age and geography affected perceptions of what an “attractive” breast should look like following enhancement surgery.
The team designed an interactive online survey that allowed surgeon participants to change the shape of a model’s breasts. The researchers also created a questionnaire, had it translated into several languages and sent it to plastic surgeons worldwide. Demographic data were collected, and analysis of variance was used to determine plastic surgeons’ breast-shape preferences with regard to the physicians’ sex, age, geographic background, ethnicity and practice type.