Researchers have identified that most people who have undergone plastic surgery feel better about themselves, which boosts their feelings of attractiveness and self-esteem.
There haven’t been many studies on what others think of people who have had procedures, however. A new study has shed light on the topic.
A study published in the April 27th edition of JAMA suggests that there may be even more societal benefit to cosmetic enhancement than we all believe. The researchers reported, “To our knowledge, this study represents the largest of its kind to measure the effect of surgery for the aging face on observer perceptions.”
About the Study
There were 504 participants in the study. These participants viewed pictures of patients before and after facial plastic surgery. For each photo, each of the subjects had to rate the person’s attractiveness, perceived successfulness, and health. A guess at the age of the people in the pictures was also asked.
There were 12 white female patients’ pictures chosen for the study. Six of them had undergone face and eyelid lifts and the other 6 had a facelift, eyelid lift, and eyebrow lift. Participants rated photos of either before or after pictures, but not both of them.
Subjects rated the post-operative pictures higher than pre-operative ones. They rated the patients as being more attractive, healthier, and much more successful. They were also reported as looking younger.
Many researchers have already found that those who are perceived as younger and more attractive have many more opportunities, such as being hired for a job or starting relationships. Research has even found that people who are perceived as prettier are much less likely to be found guilty when it comes to legal woes.
It’s important to realize that when you seek aesthetic improvements, you are not only doing it to boost self-esteem, but also positively influencing what others think of you. Although you should never base your self-perception on what others think, the reality is that what others think can influence a variety of areas in life.
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