STATE OF THE ART COSMETIC SURGERY AND ARTISTRY

THE NEW YORK CITY PLASTIC SURGEON, PC

The Flexible Figure

When I consult with patients about their target breast size, I focus more on the experience that women want to have, rather than an absolute size. I try to get a sense of the way that they want to feel or be seen, depending on their look. For some patients with small breasts, they feel that they look un-feminine, and the target is something unmistakably woman. For others, they feel that their large breasts are a distraction, and they cannot be taken seriously at work. But more and more, the goal from either direction is something that I call “the flexible figure,” one that sits somewhere in the middle, but can be made to reach either on demand.

The flexible figure is a medium sized breast with ample cleavage and moderate projection. In the right bra, it can be pushed up to maximize that cleavage and amplify projection. In a deep plunge dress or a teeny bikini, there is no mistaking the curvy contour. Conversely, in a bralette or without support, it loses projection just the right amount, so that it becomes discreet and demure. This is the perfect breast for an elegant, slinky evening gown, or a snug T-shirt with no bra at all. It is also ideal in work situations, where it offers little to no distraction to others.

For many patients, having the flexibility to decide when to enjoy their breasts and when to “put them away” (as one patient said to me) is key to their target contour. They hesitate to choose one side or the other, for fear that they will either feel awkward at work, or feel lacking in their personal lives. The wonderful thing here is that there is in fact a unique middle ground that offers both benefits, and can be called up at will. For many patients, that is, in fact, the beauty of the breast.

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