Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Desired Shape of the Eyebrow


While my Internal Medicine Journals are filled with long studies about breast cancer, diabetes and optimal doses of Vitamin D, the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery reports on the aesthetically desired position of eyebrows and the range of eyebrow motility.  Please understand, dear reader that  I am not poo-pooing the importance of eyebrows.  We all have two and I am sure how they sit on our foreheads is of utmost importance so here are the results of the clinical trial.

The researchers took photos of 40 adult subjects in 5 poses: eyes open and eyes closed, brows elevated and brows contracted and brow positioned optimally by the subject.  (I have never thought about optimal eyebrow positioning.  My eyebrows just seem to happen.)

They found that women desired the lower border of the brow to fall just below the orbital rim at the medial canthus (the inside corner of they eye).  They liked the rim of the eyebrow at the mid-pupil area.  The men desired a lower brow with a lower tail and a less accentuated peak.  The brow peak in both women and men was just to the middle of the lateral canthus (the outside corner of the eye.)

Plastic surgeons would do well to place the brow just where men and women want it.  You wouldn't want to give a male brow to a woman.  Now I will be looking at everyone's brow line and trying to figure it out.  Medicine is a demanding profession!


9 comments:

DBenzil said...

Wow-who would have thought???

gradydoctor said...

Love this. . . although it may not be scientifically earthshattering, it is good to know that there is science behind perfectly groomed eyebrows. Being overplucked/overwaxed/over(insert your favorite grooming technique) is THE WORST! Attached one of my last year blogposts that explores this doctor's convoluted quest for perfect brows. . .

http://gradydoctor.blogspot.com/2009/10/karate-kid-wax-off.html

Love your site! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this blog. How do you come up with all of these varied topics? Every day is a new surprise. I have to go examine my eyebrows now.....

KM said...

Can plastic surgeons reconstruct eyebrows for people if they are unable to get them to grow back after chemo. or a accident or fire?

KM said...

Your blog below this one on Dennis Hopper and prostrate cancer shows an example of what you are talking about for men but one eye brow is a little bit different then the other one.

Uveal Blues said...

One of my first cases as a beginning ophthalmology resident involved a brow procedure, in which an elderly gentleman was concerned that his downturning brows made him look like he was always frowning to his grandchildren. Well I gave him somewhat inadvertenly an exaggerated "Happy S" shaped brow, which I thought needed to be redone. However, he was quite happy with this new look as it made his grand daughters smile!

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Uveal Blues: nice story, thanks

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Really effective data, thank you for the article.

Anonymous said...

hi... frnds am mamta from delhi... i have very thin eyebrow ... i shaped it three of four but, still unable to get correct shape . i lve ur site its realy cool..