Actress/model Amber Heard has the most beautiful face in the world. At least that’s according to a certain beauty software which works by measuring the distances between facial features and comparing them to the ”Golden Ratios of Beauty.”

You can download similar apps from iTunes or the “Google Play” store to rate your own “beauty” and compare it to other people’s. Sound fun to you? I guess it depends on your definition of fun.

But is there any truth to this “beauty by math” concept? Does how far apart your eyes are or how far your lips are from your nose really matter when it comes to aesthetics?

Yes, it does.

Beauty is all about perception, and our perception of attractiveness is tied to mathematics and how the lengths of and distances between our features “measure up.” As a board certified plastic surgeon, I take into consideration the golden proportions in my own work with facial aesthetics, because, hey, it works, and I’m all about using all the tools in my toolbox to help my patients look as beautiful on the outside as they feel on the inside.

Beauty is math

Even with my non-surgical patients, I use fillers to bring their proportions as close as possible to beauty ratios that have been around since antiquity. Think about some of the most beautiful people you have ever seen, people like Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johannson, and, yes, Amber Heard. What makes them so beautiful? It’s the shape of their face and facial features. Somehow these lucky people managed to win the genetic lottery with their facial features naturally fitting into the mathematical ratios and proportions that we define as beautiful.

When a woman or man comes to me interested in facial aesthetics/rejuvenation, I’m not simply focusing a magnifying glass on every wrinkle or wrinkle-to-be. I’m looking at the overall proportions and measurements of her or his face and compare them to beauty standards across time. If, (with a tweak here and some volume there), I can bring their face to more closely match time-tested elements of beauty, others will notice that they have acertain j”e ne sais quoithey didn’t have before. Not every provider does this. You would be shocked at the difference I can make in a 60 min non surgical session. That’s the magic of board certification and expertise combined with “beauty math”.

Beauty is balance

Beauty is balance, is not just filling lines, but it does take time. If you’ve had BOTOX or filler treatments in the past, think back if your care provider took the time to take measurements of your face and develop an actual treatment plan, or were they just “chasing lines”?  Scrutinizing your face for wrinkles and then attacking them with filler or BOTOX is not going to achieve beauty for you– it’s just going to fill wrinkles, and probably not in a desirable or artistic way.

Here’s a secret you probably already know, but nobody has said out loud: some of the signs of aging in your face that bother you the most have nothing to do with wrinkles. They involve loss of volume. They involve sagging in the lower face. Here’s a secret you probably don’t know: these areas can often be fixed with filler (yes, in many cases even sagging!). But it takes skill, knowhow and experience. This is not something “just any injector” can do for you. This is what I offer as a board certified plastic surgeon who has made beauty, balance, proportion and natural looking results my life’s work. I take pride in this work. I’m a woman and I know as a woman how important it is to feel confident about how you look. I truly care, and my patients know it, and they know it by how much time, effort and care I put into their outcomes.

Beauty isn’t always what you think

I invite anyone who is thinking about having non-surgical facial rejuvenation done to come to a “Beauty Is Balance” consultation with me personally. During this consultation, we’ll talk about your goals. I’ll examine you as well as take measurements of your face. You may be surprised to discover that the work you may think you need done isn’t exactly what comes out in the treatment plan. Aging causes us to lose volume in the face, changing the three-dimensional contours that dictate how light and shadow are reflected as well as the shape, balance and proportions of the face. Adjusting one area can automatically result in changes in the way another area of the face looks in surprising and wonderful ways. But we’ll discuss all of that and more when we meet in person.

In the end, our goal is the same… to make you the most beautiful version of you. If it takes a little math, so be it.

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