According to a new study, plastic surgery improves perceptions of you with regard to likeability, social skills and attractiveness.
Many people undergo plastic surgery to look younger. However, a new study, which was conducted by the researchers from the Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, states that people perceive your post-surgery personality differently. The study showed that people rated women who received certain kinds of facial rejuvenation procedures as being more likable, attractive and feminine than women who hadn’t yet undergone operations.
Michael J. Reilly, an assistant professor of facial reconstructive surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and one of the members of the study, said, “Our faces are conveying these traits, even when we’re not intending to. All of our faces do this all of the time, but some of our faces are more prone to expressing an emotion.”
The study had 173 participants, which were made of 110 women and 63 men. The researchers showed them photos of 30 white women who had procedures such as face lifts, upper and lower eye lifts and neck lifts. The before-and-after photos were mixed in different groupings so there wouldn’t be a comparison bias. The participants were asked to rate those women on specific traits. These traits were: attractiveness and femininity; and personality traits such as extroversion, likability, social skills, risk-taking behavior, aggressiveness, and trustworthiness.
The researchers found that the images of women after they had undergone facial plastic surgery were generally perceived to have higher rankings for social skills, likability, attractiveness and femininity.
However, the researchers added that the reason for this is not simply human vanity. They believe it’s partly due to basic human instinct to judge an individual’s personality and motives based on nothing more than their faces.
“Our animal instinct tells us to avoid those who are ill-willed, and we know from previous research that personality traits are drawn from an individual’s neutral expressions,” added Reilly.