The most dramatic changes to our faces over the past 30 years have been in our facial features.
The new look, in which we’ve gone from wide eyes and round eyes to narrow and pointed noses and narrow eyes, has been described as “surgery for the eyes”.
It’s not a stretch to say that the “surgeon” for this surgery is us, and we’re the ones who have the final say in how we look.
“People with autism spectrum disorders have a tendency to be a bit more wide-eyed,” says Dr Emma Taylor, a cosmetic psychologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
“When you’re young, you’re just really keen to see the world.
You want to have a good day.
But you’ve got a lot of pressure on you to look good.”
When we look into the mirror, Dr Taylor says we’re “pushing a bit too far”.
She says that in some cases, our bodies will “push us back”.
For example, she says, if we wear glasses, we might have to move our face up and down to achieve the perfect angle.
The process of reshaping our face “is one of the hardest parts of our lives”, she says.
It can take months to develop the “right” shape and it’s important to get it right the first time.
It’s also important to make sure your teeth don’t pop out.
When we’ve been in touch with our doctor, they may recommend surgery or a different facial technique, depending on what kind of skin we have, says Dr Taylor.
She suggests checking the NHS website to make certain you’re clear on what your options are.
“If you’re not sure whether you have a problem, it’s best to go into it with a smile,” she says of her advice.
If you’re struggling with your facial hair, it might be a good idea to do some research before you do any surgery.
“It’s something you should be aware of before doing anything else,” says Taylor.
If your face is naturally curvy, you might want to consider adding a thick layer of make-up or make-over to try to make it look like it’s more like a baby.
“Make-up is important for people who are born with a round face,” says Sarah Williams, a hairstylist and makeup artist based in Melbourne.
“Some people don’t have any facial hair but can have a bit of a wide forehead.”
Dr Taylor is currently studying the facial anatomy of children and teens with autism and believes she can help guide their decisions about cosmetic surgery.
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