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Tuesday, February 23. 2010

It’s all about Symmetry!!

I truly believe that symmetrical faces have a distinct advantage when it comes to getting the best that life has to offer.  Consciously or un-consciously we all discriminate. We begin judging people the minute they enter a room. A first impression is made and it is often very difficult to change this impression.

An article recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms that “People’s assessment of physical beauty is mostly about symmetry”.

Balanced and symmetrical facial features are easier for the mind to process and are considered more beautiful.   Most of my patients are not aware of their facial asymmetries. During the consultation process I often hold a mirror and point out irregular positions of eyebrows, eyelid hooding, and folds in the face, jaw and neck area.   The reactions I get are varied; I don't want to be harsh but try to simply educated my patients.

Attention to detail and restoring symmetry is my second most important goal when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Safety and performing all my procedures under local anesthesia is my number one goal.

A few simple adjustments such as raising one eyebrow ever so slightly (using Botox or Dysport), filling a deep line below the chin (Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane) or erasing a scar on the forehead (Fraxel, chemical peel) can balance the face and make is infinitely more beautiful.

Look at the photographs of your favorite actor or actress and see if you agree with my assessment.

A. David Rahimi, MD, FAAD.


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