Do you want to know if you're beautiful? Not if your mom thinks your pretty, or your boyfriend finds you attractive, but if your face can truly be defined as beautiful? Now you can -- Dr. Francis R. Palmer, plastic surgeon to countless celebrities, has come out with a book called "What's Your Number: The Palmer Code" that will help you determine your "number" and learn how beautiful you are. And here's the really good news -- if your number isn't as high as you'd like, you have the power to change it, no surgery required!

We had a chance to chat with Dr. Palmer about his book and how beauty is defined. He shared with us the features that are most important to a beautiful face (as well as the feature that hardly counts at all!), which celebrities scored high and which were surprisingly low.

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    Dr. Palmer's book helps to define beauty. For example, each facial feature has aesthetic value, but not all features are of equal importance. The lesson to be learned is, if you're going to invest time and money into looking better, you should learn what improvements will make the greatest difference. Ultimately, you have the power to improve your looks and improve your life.

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    "All features of your face and body have an aesthetic value, but not all values are equal," explained Dr. Palmer. "For example, cheeks are the most important feature -- they're worth 75 points out of 100. The nose is only worth two points, or possibly a negative two points. Yet, rhinoplasty is the number one most common surgery. That makes me believe that I need to reeducate the public about what they should be doing to improve their looks."

    According to Dr. Palmer, early pictures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt put them at 99 or 100 points each.

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    Dr. Palmer says the top three most important facial features are cheeks, worth the aforementioned 75 points, eyes (including brows and lids), worth 10 points, and lips, which are just worth seven. "It's not just whether the lips are full or not. It's really about proportion," said Dr. Palmer.

    Eva Longoria also scores around 99.

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    The Palmer Code came about because Dr. Palmer had trained with the best of the best, but still felt there was something lacking in defining beauty. "I'm a Virgo, so I have to figure everything out," he said, "so I looked for a pattern. After looking at thousands and thousands of beautiful people, I came up with one, and after 20 years of practicing, I realized I needed to share my operating guidelines with the rest of the world. I honestly believe this defines beauty as 99 percent of the world sees it."

    Halle Berry is another top scorer thanks to her beautiful cheekbones.

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    Numbers are fluid -- you can increase your number through healthy diet, exercise, makeup, or surgery. For example, Jennifer Aniston had scored around a 94, but recently is closer to a 97. It's not just your features that make up your number -- your level of stress and happiness directly affect your number as well. You've probably noticed that you don't look as good after a big fight or a really stressful day.

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    A three step process can be taken to improve your number, no matter what you're trying to improve. First, learn the facts. For example, if you want to improve your facial beauty and your cheeks are the problem, a nose job won't help. The second step is the most difficult -- self analysis. Be honest about where you are, otherwise, you'll have no chance at making the changes. Finally, concentrate on what's important and forget the rest. Prioritize the changes you want to make and stay focused.

    It's no surprise that Jessica Alba scores nearly a perfect 100.

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    Dr. Palmer goes so far as to call his code a "life fulfillment quotient" ecause there's no aspect of your life that won't improve if you improve your number.

    Claudia Schiffer, in her earlier pictures (like this one), shows a nearly flawless example of beauty.

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    "Fad and fashion aren't the same as beauty," clarifies Dr. Palmer. "What's in fashion right now might not always be beautiful. Beauty is not esoteric. It's not in the eye of the beholder. There are things we find beautiful across all cultures, that have held true for decades. Some of the older stars, like Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn? The pictures of them when they're young show the same type of beauty we love in our current celebrities."

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    "Marilyn Monroe, for example, was just about perfect. Her body might not be what's in style right now, but her face is absolutely beautiful."

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    You might be surprised at some of the celebrities who didn't score so high. For example, Elizabeth Hurley only comes in at an 86.

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