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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 Normal Face

This chapter establishes a “canon of proportions”, which divides the face into halves and thirds to demonstrate artistic balance. A normal or average face requires that each feature be of proper size and positioned properly in relation to other features. The reader is presented with an illustrated face that suits these requirements, showing the mathematically correct proportions, followed by an explanation of “The Canon of 1:1, 1/2:1/2, 1/3:1/3”.  Each of these proportions describes how the distances between one set of features should correspond to others. For example: In the case of the 1:1 proportion, the distance between the medial brows = the width of the nasal base; for 1/2:1/2, the base of the nose = the bottom of the lips to the chin.

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