Can Plastic Surgery Increase Your Likeability? A New Study Says Yes

There are many reasons one may turn to plastic surgery, but here’s one we bet most haven’t considered: it could make them more likeable.

According to a new study published today in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, women who underwent facial plastic surgery procedures were perceived as being more likeable, attractive, have better social skills and more feminine than they were before their operations. For the study, 110 women and 63 men viewed before and after photos of 30 Caucasian women who underwent face-lifts, upper and lower eye lifts and neck lifts. The study participants were asked to judge the before and after photos on a list of personality attributes. The same patient’s preoperative and postoperative photos were not shown together to any person in order to eliminate recall bias. 

The women’s faces after surgery were also perceived to be more trustworthy, more risk-seeking, more extroverted and less aggressive. However, those results were not statistically significant.

This is the first type of research to measure social perceptions of plastic surgery patients aside from youthfulness. “Facial plastic surgery changes the perception of patients by those around them,” the paper concludes. “This study illuminates [that there are] other dimensions of a patient’s facial profile that are influenced by facial rejuvenation surgery.” 

 

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