Long Mid Face – The Midface Ratio & How it Affects Your Appearance

  • by Matt Phelps

Mewing also affects the eyes, although it can take a long time to see the changes.

The faces of the models you see in magazines or billboards all have a common facial feature.

Many, if not all, have a short median face.

A short midface is a sign of good craniofacial development, but it doesn't mean it's perfect.

A mid-length face is generally more attractive than a mid-length face.

In women, a medium short face makes them look young and in men, a medium short face supports other masculine characteristics.

However, perfect facial harmony means that the middle part of the face is equal to one third of your face.

There are more aesthetic advantages to a mid-length face than to a mid-length face.

However, having a medium long face is not necessarily a death sentence.

Plus, you can manage a medium to long face in a number of ways, including surgeries, facial devices, and meows.

Check out this episode of The Theory of Appearance which sheds light on the importance of the jawbone, the bone that makes up the central part of the face:



Definition of the Midface

What is the midface? There are actually two separate definitions.

In one definition, the midface is the middle third of your face, including the nose and adjacent and underlying structures.

This extends from the eyebrow line to just below the nose.

Third Face

However, a second definition, and probably what most people consider the middle of the face, is the region from the eyebrow line to the upper lip.

For our purposes, we will use the first definition of the middle face as the middle third of the face.

facial thirds


Facial Thirds

Leonardo Da Vinci described the anatomy of the human face as divided into seldom equal thirds.

Upper third - trichion (midpoint of hairline) to glabella (the smooth area between the eyebrows).

Middle third - glabella at subnasal (midpoint where upper lip and nasal septum meet).

Lower third - subnasal to chin (lower point of the chin).

The proportions of facial thirds vary according to ethnicity.

For white men and women, the upper and lower thirds tend to be longer than the middle third.

This facial tract has also been observed in black men.

In Chinese women, the middle and lower thirds are usually longer than the upper third, giving them a less prominent forehead.

It's the opposite for black women, who often have a relatively long upper third.

Here is a summary of variations in horizontal thirds by ethnicity:


Divergence from equal horizontal thirds

White males and females, black males Decrease in distance between glabella and subnasal
Black females Distance increased distance between trichium and glabella
Chinese women Decreased distance between trichium and glabella
It is quite clear that a short medial face is more desirable than a long medial face. But it's not the end of the world if you have a medium long face. You can minimize your long, medium face and improve your appearance by meowing, doing surgery, or using a facial device such as an extended face mask.




Ideal Average Face Size

You can tell if the average face is too long or too short by looking at the face width to height ratio, which should be around 1.5 to 2.

Or you can look at the mid-face ratio, which should be around 1.

You can also go for the third facial, where your mid-face should be a third of your face.

If you have a high face width to height ratio (FWHR), you have a medium to short face. If you have a low FWHR, you have a medium to long face.

The average face ratio measures the distance between the pupils and the height of the average face.

A perfect midface should have a 1 to 1 midface ratio.

The higher the midface ratio, the shorter your midface will be.

The lower the midface ratio, the longer your midface.

Alternatively, you can evaluate the middle part in terms of thirds of the face.

Unlike the previous two measurements, this one ignores the length of the filter.

But sometimes these ratios can be thrown out of balance by other factors.

To really assess the average face, you have to look at the face and try to look at the relative size of the average face.



Average female face

Neoteny is the maintenance of youthful features, or essentially youth.

Men value neotenic characteristics in women because a young female is a greater guarantee of healthy offspring.

A compact average face is a neotenic feature that makes women look younger and more feminine.

Other neotenic features that add to the attractiveness of a woman with a short to medium face are:

  • Large eyes
  • Chubby cheeks
  • Soft smooth skin
  • Cute button nose
  • Round chin

Male Midface

Men can get away with a longer midface than women.

Since neotenic features are not attractive to men, having a longer average face is usually not a big deal.

That's why David Schwimmer can get away with his incredibly long medium face.

However, this is not ideal.

A 1 to 1 mid-face ratio is always best for men, and a shorter mid-face in men is even more attractive than a longer mid-face.

The jaw is the central bone of the midface.

It serves as the base for the eye sockets, palate and nasal cavity.

It plays a vital role in facial aesthetics as it determines the arrangement of other facial features.

A balanced and more symmetrical face results from a well-developed jawline.

When you have a sunken jaw, your jaw is further back than your face, as well as sunken.

A sunken jaw means a sunken jaw.

This is because the mandible is locked to the maxilla.

Since the jawbone supports the eyes, having a sunken jawline can also cause puffiness and dark circles.

Other characteristics include:

  • A crooked nose
  • Sunken cheekbones
  • A narrow face
  • Tired eyes
  • Crowded teeth
  • A recessed or double chin
  • Excessive gum exposure

A person with a sunken jaw is usually not not as attractive as a person with a well-developed chin-jaw.

A sunken jaw not only diminishes facial aesthetics, but also causes a handful of functional issues.

The size of the airways is reduced with a sunken jaw.

Reducing the size of the airways can cause snoring and sleep apnea.

Young children tend to have good facial structure.

But as they age, they can develop allergies or bad habits that can cause the jawline to regress.

Some of these bad habits include mouth breathing and poor tongue posture.

All of these bad habits affect the airways and ultimately the jaw.

A sunken jaw can also cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

This common disease affects up to 33% of all people in their lifetime.

It causes pain in the joint where the temporal bone and the jawbone meet.

In severe cases, it can cause chronic pain that can be treated with surgery.

However, if the gasket has been badly damaged, repair may not be possible.

For more information on our take on the ATM and how to fix it, see our article.

Having a half-length face doesn't have to be a death sentence.

Both men and women can get away with it.

However, if you feel like you absolutely can't do it, there are still things you can do to fix it.

Mewing, LeFort and MSE surgery with a face mask can help repair a long half of the face.

Mewing can help fix a sunken jaw

A sunken jaw is mainly caused by poor tongue posture.

However, this can be resolved by meowing.

Mewing improves the structure of the facial bones and gives a more attractive face.



Mewing Effects

However, keep in mind that this is a long-term strategy.

Going from a sunken jawline to a perfect jawline can take years, even decades.

LeFort I Osteotomy Surgery is the quickest way to correct a sunken jaw.

This surgery will target the deformities of the central part of the face and correct them.

The surgeon will move the jaw forward, lengthen it, increase it, or shorten it to achieve the desired results.

The surgeon often proposes a LeFort I osteotomy combined with mandibular surgery.



Lefort I Before / After

Before surgery, careful surgical planning and orthodontics will be put in place to ensure the best result.

This surgery is popular and in demand due to the positive long-term results and the reduced number of complications.


mewing before and after


MSE and Protraction Facemasks

MSE is short for Maxillary Skeletal Expander, another type of MARPE designed by Dr. Won Moon.

MARPE stands for Microimplant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander.

Divide the maxilla in two at the level of the mid-palatal suture.

The unique features of the MSE allow for different treatment results than other MARPEs.

The main difference is that MSE splits the jaw from the back rather than the front.

The MSE can widen the central part of the face, increasing the aspect ratio of the face.

If MSE is combined with the use of a face mask (protraction), the vertical side effects will be negligible.

Using the Face Mask and MSE will also expand the palate.



Facepuller Facemask

A protraction facemask is a commonly used device to treat class III malocclusions in which the jaw is deficient.

The face mask will cause a downward and forward pull on the upper jaw.

A metal bar is used to maintain support for the chin and forehead.

The supports include a forehead rest and a chin rest.

These can be individually adjusted depending on the height of the patient's face.

Wear them at night for about 8-12 hours.

With consistency and diligence, you will see results in no time. Keep in mind, however, that the forces induced by the rubber bands on the masks are strong.

It is essential that the skin of the forehead and chin has the opportunity to rest and breathe during the day.

The above is an example of the results that can be expected with MSE when starting treatment at an early age.

However, adults may have similar, albeit slower, results.

els you see in magazine spreads or commercial billboards all have a common facial trait.

Many, if not all, of them have a short midface.

A short midface is a sign of good craniofacial development, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

A short midface is generally more attractive than a long midface.

In women, a short midface makes them look youthful, and in men, a short midface supports other masculine features.

However, perfect facial harmony means having the midface be equal to a third of your face.

However, having a long midface isn’t necessarily a death sentence.
Plus, you can deal with a long midface in several ways, including surgery, facial appliances, and mewing.


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Matt Phelps- founder of Jawline Gum

   Matt Phelps

    YouTuber & Founder of STEEL


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