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An Asian community's perspective on facial profile attractiveness.
Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007 Feb; 35(1):18-24.CD

Abstract

AIM

To assess the facial profile preferences of laypersons in an Asian community and the influence of age, ethnic and gender on profile selection.

METHODS

A sample of 149 laypersons (65.1% Chinese, 21.5% Malays and 13.4% Indians), comprising of 112 females (75.2%) participated in the study. The mean age was 24.6 years (SD 4.4). A facial profile photograph and a lateral cephalometric radiograph of a Chinese male and female adult with a normal profile and a class I incisor and skeletal relationship were digitized to create a baseline template. Computerized digital photographic image modification was carried out on the template to obtain seven facial profiles [bimaxillary protrusion, protrusive mandible, retrusive mandible, normal profile (incisor and skeletal class I pattern), retrusive maxilla, protrusive maxilla and bimaxillary retrusion] for each gender. The laypersons were asked to rank the profiles of each gender on a scale of 1 (very attractive) to 7 (least attractive).

RESULTS

Orthognathic Chinese male and female profiles were perceived to be the most attractive. A male orthognathic profile with normative Chinese cephalometric values was perceived to be more attractive than a 'flatter' bimaxillary retrusive profile. Bimaxillary retrusion and normal Chinese female profiles were perceived to be the most attractive. A male or female profile with a protrusive mandible was judged to be the least attractive. Age, gender and ethnicity were nonsignificant predictors for the most attractive female profile.

CONCLUSIONS

Orthognathic Chinese male and female profiles were judged to be the most attractive by Asian adult laypersons. Male and female profiles with mandibular protrusion were judged to be the least attractive.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore. pndsj@nus.edu.sgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17244134

Citation

Soh, Jen, et al. "An Asian Community's Perspective On Facial Profile Attractiveness." Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, vol. 35, no. 1, 2007, pp. 18-24.
Soh J, Chew MT, Wong HB. An Asian community's perspective on facial profile attractiveness. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007;35(1):18-24.
Soh, J., Chew, M. T., & Wong, H. B. (2007). An Asian community's perspective on facial profile attractiveness. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 35(1), 18-24.
Soh J, Chew MT, Wong HB. An Asian Community's Perspective On Facial Profile Attractiveness. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007;35(1):18-24. PubMed PMID: 17244134.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An Asian community's perspective on facial profile attractiveness. AU - Soh,Jen, AU - Chew,Ming Tak, AU - Wong,Hwee Bee, PY - 2007/1/25/pubmed PY - 2007/4/4/medline PY - 2007/1/25/entrez SP - 18 EP - 24 JF - Community dentistry and oral epidemiology JO - Community Dent Oral Epidemiol VL - 35 IS - 1 N2 - AIM: To assess the facial profile preferences of laypersons in an Asian community and the influence of age, ethnic and gender on profile selection. METHODS: A sample of 149 laypersons (65.1% Chinese, 21.5% Malays and 13.4% Indians), comprising of 112 females (75.2%) participated in the study. The mean age was 24.6 years (SD 4.4). A facial profile photograph and a lateral cephalometric radiograph of a Chinese male and female adult with a normal profile and a class I incisor and skeletal relationship were digitized to create a baseline template. Computerized digital photographic image modification was carried out on the template to obtain seven facial profiles [bimaxillary protrusion, protrusive mandible, retrusive mandible, normal profile (incisor and skeletal class I pattern), retrusive maxilla, protrusive maxilla and bimaxillary retrusion] for each gender. The laypersons were asked to rank the profiles of each gender on a scale of 1 (very attractive) to 7 (least attractive). RESULTS: Orthognathic Chinese male and female profiles were perceived to be the most attractive. A male orthognathic profile with normative Chinese cephalometric values was perceived to be more attractive than a 'flatter' bimaxillary retrusive profile. Bimaxillary retrusion and normal Chinese female profiles were perceived to be the most attractive. A male or female profile with a protrusive mandible was judged to be the least attractive. Age, gender and ethnicity were nonsignificant predictors for the most attractive female profile. CONCLUSIONS: Orthognathic Chinese male and female profiles were judged to be the most attractive by Asian adult laypersons. Male and female profiles with mandibular protrusion were judged to be the least attractive. SN - 0301-5661 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17244134/An_Asian_community's_perspective_on_facial_profile_attractiveness_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0528.2007.00304.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -