Will a Facelift Make You Prettier?

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This just in, while a facelift can make you look more youthful, it won't necessarily make you more attractive to other people. At least, that’s what new research found to be true.

In the first study to try to and quantify attractiveness after cosmetic procedures like facelifts, browlifts and eyelifts, scientists asked random people to guess the age and rank the "attractiveness" of patients after viewing photos of them either before or after their enhancements. These people offering ratings got to see either pre-surgery or post-surgery photos, but never got to see both the before and after photos of any given patient. They were then asked to estimate the patient's age and to subjectively rate their attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10. All photographs had patients without makeup or jewelry, so as to not influence the ratings.

What did they find? Research published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery said that on average, patients were rated about three years younger after surgery, but were not deemed to look any more attractive than they were before surgery. 

This can be taken as good news to some and bad news to others. For those looking to subtly look more refreshed by cosmetic enhancement, a noticeable difference will be attained and enjoyed. If one is looking to appear 15 years younger after an eyelift, they might want to adjust their expectations.
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