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June 1997

Facial Beauty: Myth or Reality?

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.