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By Jerome Edelstein, MD

One of the most important factors in how a plastic surgeon might help you formulate your aesthetic goals during your initial consultation for a facelift surgery is a concept known as the Golden Ratio, which might also be called the Divine Proportion. While this all sounds very fancy and a bit nebulous or dreamy, it’s actually a standard of beauty which has its foundation in math and science.

If you’ve ever seen paintings or sculptures—particularly from the classical eras—and thought to yourself, “They look so beautiful!” that’s probably because the artist was following the rules of the Golden Ratio, a mathematical equation which sets a guideline for what most people consider to be beautiful or aesthetically pleasing in terms of not only facial proportions, but the overall body as well. What’s most interesting about the Golden Ratio is that this perception of beauty tends to remain true throughout different eras and cultures—that is to say, the closer you are to the Golden Ratio, the more likely it is that anyone from any background will find you to be beautiful.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that artists have pursued this ideal for centuries. The medical community, particularly those involved in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, have taken note of the Golden Ratio, and it has become a major driving factor in the way that they make suggestions and perform procedures. Try bringing up the Golden Ratio to your plastic surgeon during your next consultation—odds are they’ll be delighted to talk about it, and let you know about how you can employ it within your own procedure.

The Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio is a bit complex to explain unless you’re a mathematician. The Golden Ratio is expressed by an equation that looks like this: L/S = (L+S)/L. If that makes absolutely no sense to you, in a nutshell what it means is that the Golden Ratio is a rectangle that has the same ratio between both the longer and shorter sides. So what is that ratio? 1.618.

Ask your plastic surgeon to show you examples of near-perfect representations of the Golden Ratio. They may have before and after pictures to share with you of their own work, or—and this is probably the easiest—you can flip to just about any page in a celebrity magazine. Many celebrities (particularly those who have had plastic surgery) have facial aesthetics that adhere to the Golden Ratio of 1.618, or as close to it as humanly possible.

While beauty is a subjective experience—what you find beautiful someone else may not—the math behind the Golden Ratio is completely objective. That is to say, it cannot change for any reason. The universal appeal of this “beauty law” can be seen throughout cultures and history. Take a look for yourself the next chance you get, and you’ll likely be surprised at how common it is in artwork.

Learning More

If you’d like to learn more about the Golden Ratio and how it can apply to your own aesthetic goals with a facelift, or just about any other kind of cosmetic treatment, the first step will be to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During these consultations, you’ll not only have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered—about the Golden Ratio and anything else—but you’ll also get to have a physical evaluation. If you’re in the Toronto area and would like to be treated by the award winning medical offices of a true expert, feel encouraged to contact Dr. Jeffrey Fialkov, head of facial surgery at Edelstein Cosmetic, at (416) 256-5614 today.

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