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Steven M. Hoefflin, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S. graduated first in his class at UCLA Medical School in 1972. He continued his education in general surgery and completed a full plastic surgical residency training program at the UCLA Medical Center, where he received the Surgical Medal Award. 

Dr. Hoefflin is an international authority in aesthetic surgery.  He is frequently published in books and medical journals.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). Dr. Hoefflin was Assistant Clinical Professor (1979-1989) and Associate Clinical Professor (1989-2003) in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award, (1985-1986), and Best Clinical Faculty Teacher (2002-2003). He was Chief of Plastic Surgery at UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, (1982-1989) and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brotman Medical Center, (1980-1985). He is a visiting professor for the International School of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 

Dr. Hoefflin is the Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Society. Dr. Hoefflin is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Lipoplasty Society, Bay Surgical Society, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, The Rhinoplasty Society, The Royal Society of Medicine, and is a Fellow of The International College of Surgeons.

The Facial Beauty Index

Though they cover only around 15% of the facial surface, the brows, eyes and cheeks command the most attention, contributing much to a face’s beauty. From an artistic standpoint, these features are difficult to define because they differ so subtly in each person. However, computers and/or mathematics allow for more objective facial analysis and comparison, exemplified by today’s computer programs for facial identification.
            These programs take a mathematical average of thousands of faces to build a composite. Individual faces are then compared to an average face to detect differences and deviations. Each group of “eigenvector” deviations that tend to occur together comprise a master or “eigen” face. Eigen faces, like beautiful faces, tend to be symmetrical, harmonious, and volumetrically proportioned. 
            By focusing on the seven most important features, the formula is simplified as much as possible for the clinician. The Beauty Index presumes that the skeletal, muscular and soft-tissue measurements are in the normal range. Surprisingly, beautiful faces may not measure extremely high values for the nose, chin or ears, but since most attention is given to the brows, cheeks, eyes, jaw line and lips, those deficiencies can be easily overshadowed.

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