Cosmetic surgery can change what people think of you… and it’s more than your attractiveness

Research from Georgetown University and published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, suggests that facial profiling can change following facial plastic surgery.  The study involved rating personality traits, attractiveness, and femininity using before and after photos of white female patients who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery (face lift, upper or lower blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, neck lift, and or chin implant).  The traits rated were aggressiveness, extroversion, likability, trustworthiness, risk seeking, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity.

Of the 8 traits evaluated, the following 4 traits had significant ratings improvement: likability, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity.

Plastic surgeons have always felt that cosmetic surgery improves more than one’s appearance.  This study finally confirms that belief. So, don’t expect the world to radically change for you with cosmetic surgery, but with the improvement in your appearance, you may find there will be some benefits beyond what you see in the mirror.

 

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