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Differences between Caucasian and Asian Attractive Faces


There are discrepancies between the public's current beauty desires, conventional theories and historical rules regarding facial beauty. This photogrammetric study aims to describe in detail mathematical differences in facial configuration between attractive Caucasian and attractive Asian faces.


To analyse the structural differences between attractive Caucasian and attractive Asian faces, frontal face and lateral face views for each race were morphed; facial landmarks were defined, and the relative photographic pixel distances and angles were measured. Absolute values were acquired by arithmetic conversion for comparison.


Beauty standards differ with race and ethnicity, and some conventional rules for ideal facial attractiveness were found to be inappropriate. We must reexamine old principles of facial beauty and continue to fundamentally question it according to its racial, cultural and neuropsychological aspects.

So how is it really different between Asian beauty and Caucasian beauty?

Something interesting about Lips

The upper and lower lip's vermilion thicknesses for Caucasian face were 6.0 and 14.6mm, whereas for Asian, 6.3 and 13.9mm. The ratio of the upper and lower lip's vermilion thickness was approximately 32.1%:67.9% for Caucasian face and 31.2%:68.8% for Asian face.

Faces that are currently considered attractive do not follow the Vitruvian thirds theory and have slightly thicker upper lips.

Read IFAAS Faculty, Dr Seung Chul Rhee's full paper on “Differences between Caucasian and Asian Attractive Faces” to better follow Dr Rhee's belief: Clinicians must understand cultural diversity and consider the distinct beauty features of other races, before performing any aesthetic procedures on their patients.

About Seung Chul Rhee, MD

Dr Seung Chul Rhee is a board certified plastic surgeon graduated from Medical College of Korea University. He is currently the Associate Editor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, Director of Teuim Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Clinic and Communications Committee Member of Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. During his professorship in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ilsan Hospital, Dongguk University, he conducted extensive studies on the essence of beauty and the "different perceptions of facial attractiveness according to race and gender". He even invented a simple method for International standardization of photographic documentation for aesthetic plastic surgery, which has been popularly used in Asia. He was also the winner of the "Medical Science" Excellence Award appointed by Korean Medical Association.


Learn the truth about the diversity of beauty and understanding of “Attractive Composite Faces” of various races and ethic groups by registering for:

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Korean Advanced Minimally-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation & Lifting -Aesthetic Injectables, Thread Lifting & Devices

December 8-11, 2017

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