What Makes a Person’s Face Look Masculine or Feminine?

Facial Features Differences Between Genders

There has been a lot of hype in the news media lately about how a person’s appearance can be altered to make them look more masculine or feminine. Caitlyn Jenner and other transgender patients have been receiving a great deal of attention for their facial plastic surgeries and how they now look more like the gender they identify with. Though the focus recently has been primarily on transgender patients, facial plastic surgery can also help regular non-transgender patients achieve a more masculine or feminine look. But what is that defines a face as male or female? There are actually several facial features that have distinctive characteristics between the genders, all of which can be altered with one or more facial plastic surgery procedures.

Male and Female Noses

Being right in the middle of the face, 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. Female noses are usually smaller and narrower with a slightly concave profile.

Male and Female Eyes and Eyebrows

The eyes and eyebrows are another one of the most noticeable features on the face, 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.

Male and Female Lips

Lips are also a good indicator of a person’s gender. Female lips are more lush and full than male lips, which are typically rather thin. Female lips are also much closer to the nose than male lips.

Male and Female Brows

The forehead isn’t often considered as 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 have a slope to them whereas female foreheads are usually 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.

Male and Female Cheeks

The cheeks help provide some proportion to the face as a whole. Female cheeks tend to be more prominent than male cheeks and contain more fat deposits, giving them a rounder, fuller look than male cheeks. Male cheeks usually have a sharper, angular appearance and lie a little flatter on the face.

Male and Female Chins

Like the forehead, this facial feature tends to be another strong gender indicator. Male chins have a more square and angular appearance than female chins. Males also have a heavier and wider jawbone than females. Female chins usually have a more rounded appearance and the jaw line is not as strong as on males.

Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

All these features can be cosmetically altered using a wide variety of facial plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose while brow and eye lifts change how the eyes and eyebrows appear. Lips can be enhanced using dermal fillers or implants. The forehead can be lifted using a facelift, and the cheeks and chin can be augmented using implants, facial fat transfers, or dermal fillers. These procedures can be used 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. He has been a plastic surgeon for over thirteen years and concentrates specifically on procedures involving the head, face, and neck. Dr. Hobgood specializes in most of these procedures and is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons.

To schedule a patient consultation with Dr. Hobgood, call (480) 214-9955 or send him your name, basic contact information, and the procedure(s) you are interested in using his Contact page here on his website.

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