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The 9 Different Types of Breast Shapes in the World


There are 9 type of breast shapes and sizes in the world. Stage size of breasts can be influenced by body weight, hormone levels, age, and genetics.

What Is Breast?

The breast is the tissue overlying the chest (pectoral) muscles. Women’s breasts are made of specialized tissue that produces milk (glandular tissue) as well as fatty tissue. The amount of fat determines the size of the breast.

Your breasts are unique

Breasts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. No two people have breasts that look exactly the same. So, what’s “normal” when it comes to breasts? How do your breasts measure up? The answer is that your breasts are unique, and it’s perfectly OK that they have their own distinctive shape and size. The only thing that isn’t normal is unexplained pain and sensitivity.

If you need more convincing, read on to learn about the many variations of breast shapes and how to identify yours among them.

What’s the typical breast shape?

Even if your breasts take after a common “type,” they probably have variations that set them apart from the next person’s. Some breasts have characteristics associated with multiple types and can’t be boxed into one specific category. Want to get a closer look? Slip into something comfortable and go somewhere private, preferably with a mirror.

Use this time to explore your unique anatomy and learn more about your body.

Type Of Breast Shape

type of breast shape
ThirdLove’s breast shape dictionary


Asymmetrical breasts are of two different sizes. It’s pretty common for breasts to be uneven by a cup size or less, and more than half of people have some variation in breast size.


Athletic breasts are wider, with more muscle and less breast tissue.

Bell shape

Bell-shaped breasts resemble a bell, with a narrow top and a rounder bottom.

East West

If your nipples point outward, away from the center of your body, then your breast type is East West.


Relaxed breasts have looser breast tissue and nipples that point downward.


Round breasts have an equal amount of fullness at the top and the bottom.

Side set

Side-set breasts are further apart, with more space between them.


Slender breasts are narrow and long, with nipples pointing downwards.


The teardrop shape is round and the bottom is just a little fuller than the top.

What about the areolae?

The darker area surrounding your nipple is your areola. It’s also unique to your body, with no two sets being alike. The average areola is 4 centimetres in diameter, but some are much smaller and others much larger. It is normal for areolae to change size or colour throughout a person’s life, particularly when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. Areolae can be pink, tan, or brown in colour. They may also differ in texture. Some appear uneven or bumpy, while others appear more round or circular.


The nipple is the raised tissue section in the centre of the areola. The nipple is linked to the mammary glands, which are in charge of producing breast milk. Nipples vary greatly and are unique to each individual. They can have a flat, puffy, bumpy, or hairy appearance. The following are some examples of nipples:

  • Puffy nipples: The areola and nipple form a raised mound that protrudes or puffs outward from the breast.
  • Flat nipples: The nipple is the same height as the areola.
  • Bumpy nipples: Montgomery tubercles are oil-producing glands located beneath the skin of the areola and nipple. These are visible in some people, causing small bumps on the areola.
  • Hairy nipples: The skin on the areola contains hair follicles. The hair that grows out from the areola can vary in colour and texture.
  • Inverted nipples: Some people have nipples that retract inward. They may protrude in response to cold temperatures or sexual arousal.

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