Is being more likeable as easy as getting an eye lift? From youth preservation to selfie perfection, facial plastic surgery has long been sought after for aesthetic tweaks. But could it also have an impact on personality perception? Inner and outer beauty converge in a new study from JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery that suggests certain surgical procedures can actually influence how much your peers like and trust you.
The study of 30 women, conducted by Georgetown University School of Medicine, reveals that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and feminine.
So which procedures are the ticket to winning more friends?
Having a facelift and lower eye lift (blepharoplasty) were the two procedures that appeared to garner more favorable reviews after surgery, with the lower eye lift carrying a little more weight.
“The eyes are one of the first things we focus on when interacting with someone, so it makes sense that this facial feature was particularly influential in participants’ personality perceptions,” says Dr. Stephen S. Park, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Eyes are extremely expressive as our primary way of showing emotion and can have a large impact on resting or neutral facial expression.”
Lead study author Dr. Michael Reilly, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Georgetown University, interprets the favorable results seen with facelift surgeries. “If the corners of someone’s mouth are turned down at rest, they are not going to be judged to be as likeable or as socially skilled since it appears that they are sad or angry. If the cheeks are full and high, they are going to be perceived as much happier.”
According to the AAFPRS annual member survey, facelifts and blepharoplasty were the second and third most requested surgical procedures for women, respectively. Most facial plastic surgeons agreed in the survey that patients seeking eye lift surgery wanted to look less tired.
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