Like it or not, we are all regularly judged on our appearance, often on a subconscious level. Celebrities, who are always under scrutiny, are overtly assessed and criticized for any perceived imperfections such as weight gain, “ugly” features, or simply by how “gracefully” (or not) they are aging. Have you seen the mean-spirited pictures in the media recently about Madonna? Point made!
Similarly, politicians, who are also constantly in the public eye are evaluated on every decision they make–and on how they look. Recently, the New York Post ran a story on the New York City mayoral candidates. However, the story focused more on what work the candidates should have done, rather than on their accomplishments.
But do signs of aging really affect the voting community?
How Signs of Aging Affect First Impressions
A plastic surgeon consulting on the Post’s story discussed how signs of aging influence first impressions. The politicians, depending on where they were aging the most, conveyed appearances of being tired, unhealthy, unhappy, or angry–all through their wrinkles. While it’s unclear how much these impressions affect voting, it is clear that people are noticing the negative effects of aging on politicians.
In a recent episode of the popular TV show “Brain Games”, the show presented a side-by-side headshot of two candidates that ran for office. Without knowing who the winners were, most people polled were successfully able to guess which candidate was the winner the majority of the time, based on looks alone!
Female Candidates and Plastic Surgery
As things stand, female politicians tend to receive more than their fair share of harsh criticism on their appearance than their male counterparts. Hillary Clinton, though a powerful politician who has been elected to numerous positions, is often advised by people in the general public to enhance her appearance with plastic surgery.
While the article in the New York Post scrutinizes all the candidates for their wrinkles and bags, most of the time it’s female politicians who suffer the most criticism.
Is it Fair to Expect Never-Ending Youth?
While we all might consciously or subconsciously judge candidates based upon their looks, is this really fair? While some claim that it’s part of a politician’s job to look good, in the end, the decision to undergo plastic surgery should come from within, not based on pressure from fans, voters, or friends.
Plastic Surgery for Aging
While most of us aren’t politicians or celebrities, looking good can increase confidence and self-esteem, and can also help encourage positive first impressions in those we meet. For example, many men and women over the age of 50 are now turning to BOTOX® Cosmetic, stem cell skin care, fat transfer to the face, neck lift, facelift, brow lift, and blepharoplasty to help lessen that “tired” or even “grumpy” look that can come from drooping eyelids, sagging jowls, frown lines and deep creases.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of the procedures discussed above, call to set up a free consultation with our Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team in Manhattan or Long Island. We have New York plastic surgery suites that are AAAHC accredited.
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