Archives for July 2015

Angelina Jolie and most of us have this facial symmetry defect.

New York University plastic surgery prof Sherrell Aston says  Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu—and even  Barack Obama—have something in common, besides being famous and in the news regularly. They have “slightly asymmetrical chins,” he says, a trait they they share with almost every other person in the world. The finding holds regardless of age, sex,  ethnicity or race. You and Angelina Jolie Probably Have This in Common. Dr. Aston has conducted thousands of pre-op facial exams in his … [Read more...]

We’re all guilty of lookism regarding severe disfigurements.

Psychologist Irvin Rock perceptively wrote in 1974: "Even photos of familiar faces -- famous people like Franklin D Roosevelt, for instance -- will look unsettling when flipped upside down. Just as, if you tip a square enough it stops being a square and starts becoming a diamond, so rotating a face makes it seem less like a face. The mind can't make immediate sense of the inverted features, and reacts with alarm. A bigger change, such as taking away the nose, transforms the face severely enough … [Read more...]

Cleft lip and palate repairs by Rotary Clubs.

Rotary Clubs in Australia raise money for repairs of cleft lips and palates—as well as speech therapy service—for poor children in Asia and Southeast Asia at no cost to their families. The Australian Rotarian Operation Cleft program is not unlike those sponsored by Smile Train and Operation Smile  here in the US. What's different is that a team of volunteers from the Rotarian  community are able to keep administration costs to a minimum. The cost for each operation is very low and covers … [Read more...]

Who says cleft lip kids aren’t beautiful?

A "feel good" cleft lip post for this 4th of July.Imagine if you had a beautiful daughter, perfect appearing in every way except for a split lip running almost to her nostrils. Imagine, too, if you lived in a rural part of Northeastern Brazil and had nine other children with no money left over year after year for corrective surgery.  As a rural farmer, life would be hard enough that you wouldn't want to watch your daughter Danila bullied and ostracized because her congenital cleft permanently … [Read more...]