Research finds Cosmetic Surgery good for well-being

10 April 2015

Over the years, Cosmetic Surgery has often been regarded as vain and superficial – but now scientists have discovered that undergoing a procedure can actually do wonders for your well-being.

Research has shown that having a Facelift not only makes you look younger – it also alters the way you are perceived by others. Before and after pictures of women who had undergone Facelift surgery were shown to 170 people, who were then asked to score each picture based on personality traits such as trustworthiness, likeability and social skills.

Interestingly, the results showed that the pictures of women after surgery were given a higher rating in terms of trustworthiness and likeability.

Michael Reilly from Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC said: “What we really wanted to find out was, what are we accomplishing with facial plastic surgery?

“Rather than just making people look different, what I really wanted for my patients was to be able to authentically tell them, ‘I can make you look better’.”

Dr Reilly added that he hoped these results would change people’s perceptions about Cosmetic Surgery as a whole. We constantly judge other people’s personality based on their appearance, which has an effect on their emotional well-being.

The research also showed that those considered more beautiful tend to do better in job interviews and have an increased chance of being promoted – on account of others projecting positive attributes onto them.

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