The Makings of a Presidential Face
Facial Aesthetics of President Barack Obama – Revealed, by Dr. Alan Durkin.
One Plastic Surgeon’s Perspective of President Obama’s Face
The 2012 elections are fast approaching, and it is high time that we take a look at our Commander and Chief, and see what makes his facial aesthetics so unique. This is a completely apolitical analysis of our current president, so regardless of party politics or policy stances, we can all agree on a few things regarding the current leader of the free world:
1) Mr. Obama has a very calm and assuring sense of style.
2) He is exceedingly articulate, and well dressed.
3) The man looks good.
Let’s take a minute to examine how Barack makes, Barack work.
Above is shown his official Presidential Portrait. He clearly gives a sense of calm confidence. There is a clear strength in his eyes that is complimented by his facial aesthetics. These facts certainly helped him in gaining the hand of our beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, and it undoubtedly helped him win the Presidency of the United States in 2008.
First, The President’s Hair and Eyes
Starting off with his analysis, he has a fantastically strong hairline. No obvious hair loss of any kind. He has very small frown lines in his glabella, so he has probably been using Botox or Dysport for frown line control. He has some brow ptosis (descent), but on him it looks quite distinguished. It also conveys a serious, confident demeanor.
Moving on to his eyelids, he has a little excess skin in his upper eyelids, but it is not terribly noticeable. As well, because of his brow descent, his distance from his brow line to his lash line is diminished. In many, this is a sign of early aging. In Mr. Obama’s case, I believe it adds to his strength. He has a nice asymmetry to his eyes as well. Notice how his left superior orbital bone is higher than the right. However, his orbital volume is equal, so he does not appear agitated or overtly intense.
Mr. President’s Cheeks and Ears
His midface region shows next to no crow’s feet, a dead give away that he is a Botox or Dysport user. Very natural, however. Whoever does his Botox or Dysport does it right. His lower lid-cheek junction is very natural as well. No tear trough noted. He has some excess cheek skin, evident as a prominent nasolabial fold. This may, however , be due to his history of smoking. Long-term
tobacco users tend to
increase cheek size because of the billow motion involved with inhaling cigarette smoke. Overall, this is still not very noticeable. The only noticeable issue with his midface happens to be the horizontal projection of his ears. He has prominent conchal bowls bilaterally combined with a well developed antihelical rim. An otoplasty would certainly augment his appearance, but is not completely necessary. The technique of choice would involve a conchal setback with or without resection of conchal cartilage, depending on his physical exam.
The President’s Lips
The lower 1/3 of his face is his strength. He has almost a perfect Cupid’s Bow along his upper lip, with a nice prominent white roll. His upper lip has not elongated with aging, and his lower lip is full, and again shows a distinct white roll. The man has a chiseled jaw with a very strong chin. This is what promotes his strength, in my opinion.
Hard to Improve on Facial Perfection but…
What’s the final verdict? A resounding DOUBLE THUMBS UP for our current President and leader of the free world. If Mr. Obama came into my office…well, first of all, if Mr. Obama came into my office, that would be a considered an amazingly good day and I would be ecstatic but, beyond that, I would stress first and foremost smoking cessation and skin care. The only surgical intervention I would offer would be otoplasty (ear pinning). Having said that, my offer for the ear pinning would be half-hearted at best. The man looks good, and he looks the part. Bravo!!