Facial Plastic Surgery for the Presidential Candidates?

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Decides

New York, NY, October 19, 2000 – Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best looking presidential candidate of them all? While Election Day may still be a few weeks away, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) decided to have an “election” of its own. The AAFPRS surveyed its membership to offer a little advice to Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush regarding their facial appearances.

As the presidential candidates face the nation and vie for the title of president, all of America is not only listening to what Gore and Bush are saying, but they are carefully watching and analyzing how they look. Fairly or not, candidate’s looks have strongly influenced voters since the beginning of TV era politics. According to the AAFPRS survey, when it comes to attracting votes, Al Gore’s facial features are an asset. Almost 30 percent of the AAFPRS surgeons surveyed do not recommend any facial plastic surgery procedures for Gore. However, there are others ( almost 20 percent ) who would like to recommend that the vice president undergo rhinoplasty (nose surgery), while nine-percent thought he could benefit from hair restoration.

On the other hand, while many have scrutinized Bush for his perpetual “half-grin,” the facial plastic surgeons are looking carefully at his eyes. In fact, 60 percent of AAFPRS members surveyed recommend either blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or browlift surgery for the governor. “Often one of the first signs of aging is in the eyelid area, which may make Bush look slightly older than Gore,” says AAFPRS President Dr. Russell W.H. Kridel. “However, some signs of minor aging can actually be a plus, since aging may reflect the image of a man with experience, who displays the wisdom and maturity that comes along with it.”

It is universally accepted that a person’s face is the basis for first impressions. “When you’re listening to a person, whether on TV or face to face, you will naturally draw your attention to the face of the speaker,” says Kridel. “It is the face that plays a significant role in the non-verbal communication process, and both candidates have faces that look like leaders. Without a doubt, how these two opponents use their facial features will influence the public.”