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Chinese Face Reading and Western Aesthetics


I would like to preface by saying that I am not promoting superstition. Instead, I would like to share some of the thoughts and requests of my female clients.

As a medical aesthetician, I often receive requests from clients to alter their appearance based on advice given to them by their “masters.” Some of the more common reasons include having a flat nose bridge, sunken temples, and moles.

While I am not knowledgeable in the fields of physiognomy or numerology, some of the principles of Eastern face reading are not far off from those of Western medical aesthetics. For instance, in physiognomy, a straight and proportional nose bridge with a fleshy tip and prominent nostrils is considered ideal. Therefore, treatments such as hyaluronic acid or microcrystal injection can be used to improve the appearance of the nose.

Another common concern is sunken temples or “husband and wife palaces” in physiognomy. According to my patients, sunken temples can signify a lack of luck, especially if coupled with gaunt cheeks and protruding cheekbones. Hence, they believe that sunken temples represent a difficulty in finding a good husband. Fortunately, this issue can be addressed with treatments such as hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, or microcrystal injection.

Another common issue in physiognomy is moles. According to face reading, moles are considered bad luck and can disrupt one’s fortune. While this statement is only partially accurate, as all moles have the potential to become malignant, many people view moles on the face as unclean or unsightly. As a result, some people choose to remove them through carbon dioxide laser therapy.

While I cannot say for certain whether improving the appearance of the nose, temples, or removing moles will change one’s fortune, it will undoubtedly make them feel more beautiful. Despite the differences between traditional Chinese wisdom and Western medical aesthetics, there are commonalities. Regardless of the reason for improving one’s appearance, the most important thing is to feel more beautiful.