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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 Formula of Angles and Highlights (AH)

Visually, we perceive light highlights and dark shadows as shapes. This allows us to assess the position, volume and depth of objects. Because the optic muscles move more easily from side to side on a horizontal plane, graceful, flowing curves are more satisfying to the eye, and require less muscle movement. Like a camera, the eye is stimulated by quantity and quality of light reflected off an object that’s highlighted with pleasing shapes. The elements of the female face are then broken down into angles (A) and egg-shaped highlights (H). 
 
Every woman possesses various facial angles at certain levels of her face, and a beautiful woman wears these angles with a particularly pleasing orientation and elevation. For example, there is a definitive brow shape and angle that can be described as beautiful, complimented by the outer upward tilt of the eye. The angles observed around the brows, inner and outer corners of the eyes, the outer corner of the eye to the apex of the cheek, the upper and lower lips, the jaw and the neck are all of similar significance.
 
When viewing a beautiful face, the eye is drawn to the smooth, egg-shaped areas with bright highlights and rhythmic, flowing curves. Dr. Hoefflin describes these as “Fabergé Eggs”, named for the exquisite, bejeweled Easter eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian czars. The beauty and craftsmanship of these eggs continues to enthrall all who see them. Fabergé Egg highlights are imprinted on the faces of the most beautiful women in the world. These highlights occur below the brow, on the eyes, on the cheeks and at the angle of the jaw, and as double-egg highlights on the lips and chin.

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