Facial Surgery by Design (Part 1)
Research into the way people appreciate and interpret beauty in the faces of others has shown that people do not evaluate one feature or another separately to decide whether a person looks good or not, but instead people look at the face as a whole. Therefore, in having cosmetic surgery done on your face, it is important not to approach the face as just a collection of individual parts that need to be adjusted independently. Instead, you must approach the face as a cosmetic whole, and design the treatments to create a harmonious whole.
In profile, the key lines are between the tip of the nose and the bottom of the chin (menton), the nasomental line, which should be at about a 20-30 degree angle from the vertical when the face is held level. Adjusting this angle can be done by a reduction of the nose, if the nose protrudes too far, or by an augmentation of the chin if the chin is receding. The decision may also depend on whether the lips are too close to the nasomental line (which tends to indicate chin augmentation) or too far from it (which tends to indicate rhinoplasty).
Another important aspect of the profile is the mentocervical angle, the angle made between the line from the brow (glabella) to the tip of the chin (pogonion) and the line from the bottom of the chin to the cervical point, where the chin and neck meet. This line should be as close to a right angle as possible in men, and either a right angle or very slightly acute in women. Since most deviations from the right angle are caused by a poorly defined jawbone either as a result of weight gain or face structure, this angle is normally adjusted by either facial liposculpture or facial implants along the jawbone.
The creation of an ideal profile is a complex process, and although there are classical standards it depends on both your starting point and your personal ideals of beauty, which you can discuss in detail during consultation with Dr. Rai. To set up your initial consultation, contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas today.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...