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Human physical appearance

There are notable variations in visual human physical appearance from person to person. People are acutely sensitive to differences in human physical appearance. Male and female appearances are perceived as different, although homo sapiens have a very low level of sexual dimorphism compared with most other species. Some people have traditionally linked difference in personal appearance with "race" (but this is a controversial and sensitive matter).

Some differences in human appearance are genetic, others are the result of age or disease, and many are the result of personal adornment.

Differences in human physical appearance include:

Notable variations in appearance which are more or less by choice include:

Objects that change appearance, and are used to rectify or heal body imperfections and injuries:

Ditto for which there is a less visible alternative (so they are more or less by choice):

Other functional objects, temporarily attached to the body:

Temporary changes include blushing, tears and an erection; each can be embarrassing, but in other circumstances the absence of an erection can be embarrassing.

See also Beauty, Fashion, Social role of hair, Vanity, human sexual attractiveness[?]

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