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The precise formula for a beautiful face.

The Precise Formula for the Perfect Face

Article Type: Online

Publication: Raconteur Online

Published: 15/Sep/2016

Published September 15, 2016

Leading plastic surgeons believe a mathematical ratio, dating back 2,500 years, is the solution to creating facial beauty and use the ancient formula to help achieve their patients’ sought-after outcomes.

“Wherever there is number, there is beauty.” So wrote the Greek philosopher Proclus. But can an ancient mathematical formula really help make today’s faces more attractive? A number of doctors insist it can. So how can phi – the golden ratio – play a role in contemporary aesthetic medicine?

What makes a face beautiful? Doe eyes? Perfect skin? A winning smile? Certainly, all of these play a role, but for some doctors the answer is something simpler....

The need for an artistic eye is the overwhelming consensus of the majority of cosmetic doctors. As Dr Rita Rakus, whose clinic is in London’s Knightsbridge, says: “Nature does not always follow the rules of beauty. Our first priority is to find out exactly the look our clients want to achieve. In-depth consultations take place before the treatment and we usually ask people to bring in photos of themselves that they like. Our ethos is to give our clients a naturally beautiful look rather than completely changing their appearance.”