The New York Times recently had an article and slideshow about a “beautification engine” – a program that analyzes photos of people, then alters them to make the people more attractive. You can check out the slideshow of celebrity before-and-after photos yourself, but what I found really interesting was how the engine seemed to downplay the person”s most striking features … making them less interesting and less attractive.
Sometimes you hear people say that plastic surgeons are all trying to minimize individuality or make everyone conform to some kind of “ideal,” but that isn’t true in most cases, and I think this slideshow really explains why.
In a nutshell: Perfection isn’t necessarily beautiful.
Balance and harmony are certainly attractive, but personality and uniqueness can be just as important as having regular, proportional features. Any surgeon performing nose surgery or face lift in New York City follows a few guidelines to make sure the results are balanced, but I always focus on making adjustments that create proportion without sacrificing individuality.
Bottom line: There are plenty of theories about what makes the “perfect” face, and every few years someone comes up with another template or formula (or computer program) for the “ideal,” but I”ll be honest – I don”t find much use for these, and I definitely don”t use them to help plan surgeries.