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Jul/Aug 2010

Implications of Chinese Face Reading on the Aesthetic Sense

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin (Drs Wong, Soo, van Hasselt, and Tong); and School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam (Mr Ng), Hong Kong, China.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(4):218-221. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.46

  Chinese face reading is an ancient art that has been developed over centuries, not only in China but over the wider area of Asia owing to China's cultural dominance in Asia during its imperial rule. Similar to feng shui, Chinese face reading is based on a philosophy held by Chinese people all over the world that expresses itself in contemporary daily life and practices by coloring people's choices, likes, and dislikes. It is inevitable that the aesthetic sense is also affected by face reading principles, especially among those who are most familiar with them. An understanding of these principles and beliefs would help surgeons better understand their Asian patients' requests and perhaps allow them to better communicate appropriate suggestions accordingly.