There Is a Science to Beauty


In the cosmetic surgery industry, we talk a lot about the safety and effectiveness of various aesthetic treatments. And for many treatments, this hold true. There are clinical studies and years of results backing products like Botox and the assorted hyaluronic acid fillers. 

But one thing you don’t hear a lot about is the concept of the science of beauty or the artist behind the aesthetic. It’s these two components — the science and the art — that really make the difference between an average result… and an outstanding one. So is the simple idea of “safe” and “effective” enough? When you’re investing in your face, I think we all know the answer. 

There’s a huge artistic component that goes into evaluating the patient (YOU) to be able to move beyond the average and create personal results to enhance your individualized beauty. 

doctor + needle + Botox/Filler  =  artist + paintbrush + paint

…where your face is the canvas. No one should be okay with the mass-produced fruit bowl adorning the dining room wall. It should be nothing less than a unique masterpiece. 

Anyone medically qualified and trained to use various aesthetic technologies can smooth away crow’s feet or forehead lines, create a lift to the eyebrows to open the eyes with Botox, for example. But are they simply injecting and creating isolated results or is treatment taking place within the larger context of the entire face — YOUR face — and resulting in strategic enhancements that add balance and beauty? 

There is a science to beauty. “Beauty” can be described mathematically, for example, using the golden ratio, a geometric relationship of roughly 1 to 1.6, otherwise known as phi. (If you’re a math nerd, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) When mapped out, the numbers that adhere to a mathematical sequence that creates a perfect spiral, which has been said to be the framework for biological beauty. You can apply the golden ratio to the human face to determine the most aesthetically pleasing proportions.

This can be summed up by saying the most universally attractive faces are made up of several specific measurements and symmetries. And achieving the best results for your face requires both a keen eye and an adept hand. 

Notably, when it comes to the face, less is often more. My personal motto as a facial cosmetic surgeon is that results should whisper, not scream. It’s the subtleties of the face that differentiate the average from the beautiful.

Dr. M

Making NYC and the Jersey Shore more beautiful, one face at a time.

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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon