What Makes a Person’s Face Look Masculine or Feminine? (Updated 2023)

facial plastic surgery in scottsdale arizona for men and women

Women and men undergoing the same facial plastic surgery procedure typically envision different results. That’s because distinctions exist between the size, shape, structure, and proportions of what are generally considered masculine and feminine facial features. That’s why experienced facial plastic surgeons revise their techniques depending on whether the patient is a man or a woman.

In this blog post, I’ll describe the general differences between a masculine and feminine face, focusing on specific features, including the nose, eyebrows, lips, forehead, cheeks, and chin.

Rhinoplasty: What Makes a Nose Feminine? What Is the Perfect Male Nose?

The nose is a primary indicator of a person’s gender. Male noses are usually larger and slightly more prominent than female noses. The nasal bases are typically wider in male noses, and the nasal bridge is usually straight or slightly arched. Male noses occasionally appear slightly crooked or have a minor dent, but this can give the nose a greater sense of character. On the other hand, female noses are usually smaller and narrower than men’s, with a slightly concave profile. Women considering rhinoplasty often bring “wish” photos featuring celebrities such as Kate Middleton, Natalie Portman, or Jessica Alba.

I have hundreds of rhinoplasty before-and-after photos that demonstrate the differences between male and female noses. Here are a few examples:

Eyebrows: Are Women’s Eyebrows Higher Than Men’s?

Another of the most noticeable features of the face are eyes and eyebrows, as they are the most expressive. Female eyes tend to look a little larger than male eyes because their brows are slightly higher and more arched. Male eyes have a more deep-set and narrower appearance, and the eyebrows are usually straighter and bushier than female eyes.

Lips: Are Male and Female Lips Different?

If you spend any time at all on social media, you can see the differences in what are considered ideal female and male lips. Women want fuller, shapelier lips than men, whose lips are rather thin. Female lips are also much closer to the nose than male lips.

Brows: Are Male Foreheads Different Than Women’s?

The forehead isn’t considered a particularly distinctive facial feature, but it does have noticeable differences between genders. Male foreheads are typically larger than female foreheads because they are wider and higher. Thanks to the shape of the underlying frontal bone, male foreheads are sloped. A typical female forehead is more vertical. Male foreheads also have a bony ridge that runs above the eyes from one side of the forehead to the other, while female foreheads are usually smooth.

Cheeks: Do Women Have Fuller Cheekbones Than Men?

Prominent cheekbones are considered an attractive feature of the female face. The cheeks help provide some proportion to the face as a whole. Female cheeks tend to be higher than male cheeks and contain more fat deposits, giving them a rounder, fuller look. Men usually want their cheeks to have a sharper, angular appearance and lie a little flatter on the face. Wondering if cheek augmentation or a facelift will give you the look you want? Our related blog post offers some advice.

Chins: What Is the Most Attractive Face Shape for a Man or Woman?

A chin is another good example of the differences between masculine and feminine faces. Male chins have a more square and angular appearance than female chins. Males also have heavier and wider jawbones than females. Female chins usually have a more rounded appearance, and the jawline is softer than a man’s.

Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

All these features can be cosmetically altered using a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures.

  • Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, while brow and eye lifts change how the eyes and eyebrows appear.
  • Lip fillers can enhance the appearance of your lips.
  • A brow lift can elevate a sagging forehead.
  • Implants, facial fat transfer, and fillers can augment the cheeks.
  • Chin augmentation using implants, fat transfer, or dermal fillers can also create the desired face shape.
  • We can reduce the appearance of a double chin and create a more defined jawline for both men and women using facial liposuction.

These procedures can be performed individually or in conjunction with one another to help a patient look more masculine or feminine.

Facial Plastic Surgery from Dr. Hobgood

Dr. Todd Hobgood offers all these procedures and more at his private practice in Scottsdale, AZ. The double board-certified facial plastic surgeon focuses exclusively on procedures involving the head, face, and neck. Use the online form to request a consultation or call our practice at (480) 214-9955 to schedule an appointment.

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