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June 1997

Facial BeautyMyth or Reality?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr Larrabee is also in private practice in Seattle.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(6):571-572. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900060013001

What is facial beauty? Scientists, artists, facial plastic surgeons, and many in the beauty industry have attempted with little success to define it. We do know it is a reasonably objective quality: for example, even 2-month-old infants prefer to look at faces that adults see as attractive.1 Recent scientific studies have expanded our knowledge of beauty and its biological basis.