Canons are starting points, not goals for plastic surgeons

10/9/2012 | Huffington Post, The

Neoclassical ideals, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian man -- the iconic image of a man in a circle and a square -- are artistic conceptions of beauty, not goals plastic surgeons or their patients should try to achieve, writes plastic surgeon Michael Yaremchuk, chief of craniofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Neither the normal nor the beautiful face can be defined by mathematical ideals," Yaremchuk writes. "However, taken together with the understanding of the dimensions of the normal face, use of available diagnostic modalities (photography, CT scans) and skillful surgical technique, the concepts of balance and proportion are fundamental to surgical planning and a successful surgical result."

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