Posted February 06, 2018 in Facial Harmony

Golden Ratio graphHave you ever looked at something you find beautiful or attractive and struggled to explain why it is so visually pleasing? Many of us struggle to articulate why we like the look of a building, plant, or human face. Often, the answer lies in its shape and structure, not just its color. In fact, symmetry has actually been scientifically linked to the attractiveness of people, architecture, artwork, and animals. The human brain prefers to look at objects or faces that are symmetrical. The phenomenon of natural symmetry in architecture and nature is known as the Golden Ratio. This ratio is a mathematical sequence that, when expressed in nature and art, creates visual balance.

The Golden Ratio in Nature

Brown Nautilus Shell This cut section of a Naitilus shell reveals its incredible growing chambers in a mathematically exact proportionThe Golden Ratio is sometimes referenced as the “divine ratio” because of its seemingly pre-planned aesthetics in nature. It was originally described by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 1500s. The number and placement of flower petals follow the Fibonacci sequence (the numerical sequence associated with the Golden Ratio). Shells are almost an exact physical representation of the Fibonacci spiral, and even the structure of human fingers follows the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio is 1 to 1.618. For instance, if the width of a nose is 1, the length of the perfect nose will be 1.618. The same is true of lip size; the ideal lower lip is 1.618 times larger than its corresponding upper lip. It can be argued that nature is naturally seeking balance.

The Golden Ratio and the Human Face

Perfect face proportionThe human face is crafted from the Golden Ratio, and scientific studies have found that the closer to the Golden Ratio one’s facial proportions are, the more attractive they are commonly perceived. The mouth and nose, in particular, are each positioned at golden sections of the distance between the eyes and bottom of the chin.

While other physical characteristics also impact how beautiful we find someone, most people gravitate toward strangers who have balanced features. While the Golden Ratio is scientifically proven to increase physical attractiveness, we can’t rule out the influence of culture, style, and emotional or personal connections that are involved with creating physical attraction between two people.

The Nose’s Place in the Ratio

While a subtle shifting of the eyes and mouth may not be noticeable to most people, the nose is another story. At the center of your face, the nose plays a critical role in creating facial balance. When the nose is too large, too long, or misshapen, it impacts the naturally attractive balance of the face.

Creating Facial Harmony With Plastic Surgery

In a previous blog, we discussed why people might choose to have a nose job. However, in that blog, we focused on the causes of an unattractive nose, not the fact that asymmetry may be why you wish to improve your nose in the first place. When Dr. Persky uses his artistic vision to create facial harmony through plastic surgery, he focuses on balance and proportions and not on dramatically altering your facial appearance. He uses the position and size of the rest of your facial features to determine the right nose shape for your specific aesthetics. This tailoring approach often leaves our patients with more attractive results.