EYE-tracking technology has found that nipples are the part of women’s breasts stared at the most — by both sexes.
Three quarters of “gaze time” was focused on the lower breast and nipple areas, according to a study by plastic surgeons.
In the study, 50 men and 50 women were asked to assess the aesthetics and symmetry of eight types of female breast — which varied in terms of size and sagging.
Researchers at Memorial Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, tracked what parts of the boob each person looked at and for how long.
Study author Dr Piotr Pietruski said: "Thanks to objective analysis of observer's gaze pattern, eye-tracking technology may provide a better insight into the visual perception of breast aesthetics and symmetry."
They found the key characteristics of gaze patterns in women and men were "essentially the same" despite some differences based on the sex of the observer and the type of breast.
Dr Pietruski said: “Surprisingly, the upper regions of the breast generally didn’t attract the observers’ attention — although men paid more attention to it than women did.”
The question of what makes breasts attractive is obviously important for plastic surgeons and patients, researchers said, for both cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures.
But for the breasts as for other areas of the body, surgeons and patients may have differing perceptions about attractiveness.
Researchers say their findings could help improve the outcomes of boob ops.
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