“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Artists of the Renaissance were well aware of the natural beauty of the face. We see this beauty in their works of art. In my current practice of facial aesthetics, study of the natural beauty of Renaissance angel faces painted 500 years ago serves as a guideline for creating beautiful faces in my clinic today. Leonardo da Vinci defined the “Devine Ratio” of beauty in the 1400’s. Leonardo appreciated naturally occuring proportions of the face, describing the Devine Ratio of 1 to 1.618, or the Phi Ratio as it is called today. The ratio of the width of the nose to the length of the nose is, guess, 1:1.618, as is the ratio of the upper lip to the lower lip and many other facial features. da Vinci used these universal proportions in creating his art, as in the face from John the Baptist below.
Those of us practicing facial aesthetics today are blessed to have a wide array of safe and effective products and treatments to re-create natural beauty on the aging face. The best compliment that I receive is, “I look like myself, just a better version of myself!” By using the golden ratios of natural beauty I am able to artfully create the natural curves, fullness, hollows, light, and shadows of youth.
Above, note the S-shaped curve on 3/4 view of the right cheek (corner of eye to chin). This is called the Ogee Curve of youth and can be re-created with facial fillers such as Voluma and Sculptra. Note also how there are no harsh shadows and that the facial subunits blend together with each other in smooth transition.
In da Vinci’s “Head of an Angel” (above), note the full cheeks, the Ogee Curve, the fullness of the lips and the upward orientation of the corners of the lips. The jawline is smooth and well defined, the nasolabial fold is present but does not cast harsh shadows. There is fullness of the peri-orbital (around the eyes) region and smoothness of the forehead (think Botox, Dysport.)
Candice Swanepoel, one of the most beautiful Victoria’s Secret Angels, shares the classical natural beauty features described above. I have not treated Candice, nor do I know whether or not she has had any facial aesthetic treatments, but her facial feature ratios measure out to, you guessed it, the Devine or Phi ratio of beauty, 1:1.618. I have treated a few of today’s Angels and look forward to treating many more in the future, but I will always keep in mind the natural proportions defined by da Vinci and the beauty of the Angels of the Renaissance.
The most important aspect of any aesthetic treatment, procedure, or surgery is making sure that you choose your treating physician extremely carefully based on their skill, experience, knowledge, and natural artistic vision.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned. ”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci never signed his works of art because he felt that they were never done. Fortunately the same can be said about maintaining beautiful facial aesthetics. Be well.