Science of beauty

This is a collection of posts relating to the science behind understanding beauty and aging.

We all age, but what is it that actually makes us look older? Researchers recently set out to find an answer.  In their article published April 2014 in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, they looked at what features contributed most to an older appearance.  The judged over 20 features including eyebrow position, wrinkles around the [...]

Over the years, physicians, artists, and scholars have spent much time determining the ideal facial shape and proportions of beauty.  Knowing what is ideal, is important to understanding how the face changes with age.  There is an exhaustive body of literature on this subject that has found that certain proportions are considered beautiful by many [...]

Nasolabial folds (NLF’s) – these are the folds that go from the corners of the nose toward the corners of the mouth.  These are referred to a “parentheses” in the picture above. Vertical lip lines – these are the lines that develop around the mouth and are often referred to as smoker’s lines. Corner lines [...]

By understanding how the face ages, it is easier to choose the best treatments for rejuvenation.  There are three fundamental processes that occur in facial aging: 1. volumetric change 2. skin damage 3. dynamic wrinkling Volumetric Changes with Age Volumetric change refers to changes in the overall fullness of our face.  The underlying support provided [...]