Face Too Long/filtrum Too Long?

I always felt like my face was too long/masculine/awkward. I've never been sure whether it was because of the distance between my nose and my lip, or my face length, or both. Am I biased due to overfamiliarity with my face, or is there something that would improve my profile/femninity of my facial features? I noticed that typically, when smiling, the upper lip moves closer to the nose, while I simply show a lot of gum, but the distance doesn't change. If I'm totally misperceiving, let me know.

Doctor Answers 4

Feminizing the Face

Hi Phoebe,

Your expression looks "long", but not your facial features.

Your face is beautiful and feminine.  I would advise against surgery to feminize your face.  Perhaps letting your hair grow out in a less masculine hair-do  will help.  If your gummy smile bothers you, properly placed small doses of Botox can correct it.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Face too long

I think you are way too hard on yourself. You are quite pretty. Narrowing the tip might feminize the nose> otherwise I would leave well enough alone.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Sometimes we can't make you look better with surgery

Your facial proportions photograph quite acceptably. Your short hair style might contribute to a masculine loo. Try letting your hair grow out or try a wig to see if you look better to yourself with longer hair. . Consult your hair stylist.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Facial Proportions

After reviewing your pictures, I believe you have normal facial proportions. Your facial features are feminine and attractive. Your nasal tip could look more appealing if it was more narrow and it would take rhinoplasty to do this.  A longer hairstyle might also accentuate your feminine features.

Temp Patterson, MD
Burley Facial Plastic Surgeon

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