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Does the advances with 3D imaging now allow for an image of a face to be accurately compared to the measurements within the Golden Ratio?

Your questions answered by our surgeon, Lucian Ion, FRCS(Plast)

Asked on 05 April 2013

Question

Does the advances with 3D imaging now allow for an image of a face to be accurately compared to the measurements within the "Golden Ratio" and therefore dictate the surgery to be performed to achieve the same?

Answer

In my view 3-D imaging has superseded the evaluations of the "Golden Ratio" which are based on 2D measurements.

I would most certainly not advise patients to follow the directions of mathematical analysis against their own perception of beauty.

My philosophy in terms of facial and body aesthetics, is that the goal of the treatments is to achieve not specifically a shape but a feeling of improved body image for my patients. I see the changes in shape as being purely the vehicle rather than the target, and as such I'm interested in individual appreciations of beauty.

In addition, the "Golden Ratio" concept is blissfully oblivious of the complex and extensive asymmetries of every face, which cannot be fully overcome, but at the same time are noticeable even in the most beautiful facial features, and do not stop us admiring them.

My approach with the 3D imaging is to try and evaluate the direction of change that makes patients more comfortable with their appearance, and identify the type of surgery that may be able to achieve a change along these lines, bearing in mind that to the difference of an engineering project, in surgical changes the outcome is never identical to a computer simulation.

Lucian Ion Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Lucian Ion FRCS(Plast)
129 Harley Street
London
W1G 6BA

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