Beauty may seem like a subjective trait, but there have always been mathematicians and scientists who have tried to quantify beauty objectively. The most prevalent way facial beauty has been measured over the years has to do with proportion and symmetry, sometimes measured using the “Golden Ratio”.
The Golden Ratio (1.168) is found within many structures in nature, and was used in the Renaissance to help create works of art. Today, it is sometimes applied to the face to objectively measure beauty and attractiveness. The Golden Ratio for facial beauty demands that the eyes be nearly half of the total facial width apart, and the distance between the eyes and mouth one third of the face. While we subjectively do not view beauty mathematically, the Golden Ratio is one explanation for what we instinctively find aesthetically pleasing.
Does the Golden Ratio Apply to Rhinoplasty?
While there are standards for objective beauty, such as those presented by the Golden Ratio, every face is different, and everyone has their own standards for beauty. While a rhinoplasty patient may strive to achieve some of the same proportions demanded by the Golden Ratio, customization and facial harmony for the individual’s face are much more realistic goals. Retaining ethnicity, individuality, and other attributes are important to most patients, and should be valued more than attaining specific angles and ratios. Changing the nose can, however, make the entire face look more symmetrical and proportional, whether the surgery involves reducing a dorsal hump, correcting a crooked nose, or widening/narrowing the nose.
The Role of Imaging
For those interested in rhinoplasty to improve the overall symmetry of the face, the opportunity to view a preview of the rhinoplasty results via imaging technology can prove invaluable. While imaging cannot provide an exact picture of the final result, it can provide an approximation of the improvement that can be expected, allowing for clearer doctor-patient communication and increased confidence for the patient. For examples of improved symmetry in real patients, look to before-and-after galleries from top surgeons.
Talk to a Professional about Your Goals
If you would like to undergo nasal surgery for a more symmetrical and harmonious facial appearance, you should start by selecting a few board certified rhinoplasty specialists to consult with, like Dr. Stuart Bentkover in the Boston area. Rhinoplasty is Dr. Bentkover’s passion, and he has been helping patients achieve great results for many years. To learn more about rhinoplasty at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, call the Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033) locations to schedule your consultation.