Reconsidering Beauty

Reconsidering Beauty
8:15 – 8:50 A.M.
Jill A. Helms, DDS, PhD
Stanford University

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss the basis for an appreciation of facial symmetry.
  • Review the limitations of regenerative therapeutic strategies.
  • Recognize an appreciation for the definition of beauty in today's society.

As clinicians you constantly strive to restore back to its original form that which has been lost. The quest for this perfect restoration is all-encompassing. But when you stop for a moment and realize, perfect restoration is unachievable, what do you do with this information? This presentation will discuss the evolution of beauty, beginning with the question of why facial appearance is so important, and highlight how the definition of beauty is much broader than some may think.

Biography: Dr. Helms is a Professor in the Department of Surgery/Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Her research focuses on craniofacial stem cell biology and regenerative dental medicine. Conducting clinically relevant research is her main objective, but it goes hand-in-hand with another goal: that education is one of the most important tools to improving human health.