June 17, 2015
As 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):
- Face Shape – Generally, men have longer and larger faces than women with a squarer aspects in general. The cranium, jawline and the neck line have sharp corners, which are much softer for females.
- Eyebrows – female eyebrows tend to be curved rather than straight. This isn’t just down to grooming (plucking etc) and is a trait which can be accentuated using botox for a prettier look
- Eyes – apart from longer eyelashes, feminine eyes tend to be more compact and again have a soft and curved shape – more almond than rectangle
- Nose – classic male noses tend to be more angular and chiseled as well as larger
- Cheekbones and Cheeks – for a woman, the ideal profile of cheeks is high, rounded and soft
- Mouth and Lips – the mouth can really help make a face to appear more masculine or feminine. The definition of the upper lip is a particularly female trait, while the ideal female lip shape is fuller, softer and curvier than for men
- Chin and Jaw – a very strong jawline and square chin are considered very masculine features, whereas soft curves and rounded edges, avoiding sharp corners and straight lines are more feminine
- Shadows and Contours – female faces are characterised by softer shadows and contours
by Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP
Clinical Director, SkinViva Training & SkinViva