The Changing Face of Beauty: A Global Assessment of Facial Beauty

Katherine Elizabeth Hicks, James Regan Thomas

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Beauty is difficult to define. The US population becomes more diverse by the day. Thus, traditional stereotypes of beauty in various ethnic groups become less applicable as diversity increases. Often, new and uniquely beautiful facial features and proportions emerge as different ethnicities converge. With the increased diversity in facial appearance comes increased variability in patients’ goals. A successful cosmetic surgeon will cultivate an understanding of aesthetic ideals in different ethnic groups, nurture discussions with patients to determine their aesthetic goals, devise a surgical plan for each patient, and develop and refine the necessary surgical skills to perform the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolution
  • Facial beauty
  • Global

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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