A new approach in determining lateral facial attractiveness

Laryngoscope. 2010;120 Suppl 4:S157. doi: 10.1002/lary.21621.


Introduction: The current literature on facial attractiveness focuses on anterior-posterior facial portraits, with lateral facial analysis limited to comparing facial attractiveness scores with various facial measurements. Here we use a novel approach to more rigorously study lateral facial attractiveness by combining morphing software and a genetic algorithm with web-based facial attractiveness scoring to evolve attractive lateral facial images.

Objective: The objectives of this study were to: 1) identify the key lateral facial landmarks that produce realistic lateral facial images; and 2) determine if a genetic algorithm combined with morphing software can progressively evolve lateral facial attractiveness.

Methods: A cohort of lateral facial portraits were selectively paired by a genetic algorithm biased towards more attractive faces, and "bred" with morphing software to create a cohort of faces more attractive than the original. By repeating this process facial attractiveness was "evolved" through several cohorts.

Results: Key facial landmarks are: trichion to glabella, nasion to tip of nose, subnasale to labrale inferius, and pogonion to menton. Facial attractiveness scores increased in each successive cohort.

Conclusion: Using these landmarks and methodologies, realistic lateral facial portraits were created and progressively increased in facial attractiveness. This technique is a robust alternative to traditional approaches in the analysis of lateral facial attractiveness.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Beauty*
  • Face / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Genetics*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Software