Researchers from Brunel University have extended findings about facial aesthetics to apply to the shape of the body as well.According to researchers, human beings find symmetry in the body as important to attractiveness as symmetry in the face.The work suggests that people do not detect symmetry directly, but key into features of the anatomy that appear as attractive components for either a masculine or feminine body.

The new work represents an improvement over previous work in that it does not depend on manual measurements with calipers.Instead, it utilized a 3D optical scanner to create a detailed image of 77 individuals, approximately half male, then produced color-neutral models of just the body.Once men and women had chosen the figures they considered most attractive, the computer correlated the data against symmetry first, to find that symmetry was an important factor, but statistically significant individual variables indicated other factors related to masculinity and femininity.

The ideal masculine body was longer, with wider shoulders, smaller breasts, and short legs relative to the body.The ideal feminine body has larger breasts, narrow waists, and longer, more slender legs.

As scientific data about the unifying principles of beauty continue to accumulate, they lend more guidance to both men and women seeking cosmetic treatments.If you are interested in more closely approximating the scientific ideal of beauty, contact Dr. Vasdev Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas, today for a consultation.