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What Makes a Face Male or Female?

June 17, 2015

face shapesAs Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce) introduced herself in Vanity Fair, I had to say what an amazing transformation, and how wonderful that we live in a time where people are becoming free to be themselves in this way.

Ms Jenner explains:

“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life’ ”

Dr. Harrison Lee, the plastic surgeon in charge of Jenner’s facial surgery, has been quoted describing the facial feminisation process, which included a brow lift and reshaping the jaw bone, which is generally agreed to have been highly successful in creating a more female appearance.

Characteristics of Female vs Male Face Shape

So what is it that defines a female as opposed to a male face shape? It is a point that as Aesthetic Doctors we need to consider carefully, so that we adjust treatment to suit the patient’s gender as well as their age and skin type.

Rather than a medical perspective, here are some key points as to how an artist would perceive and draw the differences. After all, cosmetic treatments is an art form dedicated to an aesthetic result (as well as being a medical science):


by Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP

Clinical Director, SkinViva Training & SkinViva

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