Health Watch — Best Face Forward: Face Shape

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We want to present our best face to the world, and this week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some ways to make your face look even better. When it comes to the shape of the face, we have certain preconceived notions. For instance, a square jaw is usually associated with rugged, manly, attractive men.

But plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that a wide, square jaw may be a sign of age. The lower jaw continues to grow and widen, so a wide, square jaw makes a person look older. Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at
UT Southwestern, says a smaller lower face is perceived as more youthful and attractive in both men and women. If you’re considering facial plastic surgery, a procedure that gives the impression of a smaller lower jaw will help make you look younger.

Visit to learn more about
UT Southwestern’s clinical services in plastic surgery. 


April 2008

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