If you’re a male considering facial plastic surgery in Salem, be prepared for positive attention.

A new study shows that men who undergo cosmetic surgery procedures on their face are deemed more attractive, likable and trustworthy, and have better social skills, according to a new study.

Cosmetic Procedures Improve Personality Traits

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A study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal found surprising results of cosmetic facial surgery.

Researchers looked at 24 men who had undergone procedures involving upper eyelid lifts, lower eyelid reductions, facelifts, browlifts, nose reshaping and chin implants.

The average age of the patients was 49 years old, and all procedures were performed by one of the study’s authors, either Dr. Michael J. Reilly, associate professor of otolaryngology at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, or Dr. Steven P. Davison, professor of plastic surgery and otolaryngology at Georgetown University.

Before-and-after photos of the patients were shown to 145 strangers aged 25-34.

They were asked to rate the men based on attractiveness and personality traits that included how aggressive, extroverted, likable, risk-seeking, sociable, masculine and trustworthy they appeared.

In order to avoid bias, the respondents weren’t told about the reason for the study.

Six separate surveys were conducted, with pre- and post-op photos of different men, in an attempt to prevent recall bias.

The survey results indicated that facial surgery appeared to make the men more attractive, likable and trustworthy, and indicated better social skills. More specifically,

  • Upper eyelid surgery was associated with increased likability and trustworthiness
  • Lower eyelid surgery made men appear less inclined to take risks
  • Browlifts made the men appear more extroverted and likely to take risks
  • Facelifts indicated likability and trustworthiness
  • Neck lifts made them appear more extroverted and masculine
  • Nose jobs made the men appear more attractive
  • Chin augmentation yielded no significant change in perception of personality traits

Most of the procedures had no effect on overall masculinity ratings; a 2015 study on women by the same team found surgery did make them appear more feminine.

Dr. Reilly had some thoughts about the study. “The tendency to judge facial appearance is likely rooted in evolution, as studies suggest evaluating a person based on appearance is linked to survival—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,” he said. “Taken together, our findings suggest that both men and women undergoing facial cosmetic surgery can experience not only improved perception of attractiveness, but other positive changes in society’s perception of their persona,” he said.

Detractors of the study argue that the limited sample size and fact that the participants gave their consent – an indication of confidence – could have skewed the results.

Regardless, it’s an interesting look at society’s perceptions of male attractiveness and likability and could convince those on the fence to undergo facial plastic surgery.

If you would like more information on cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation with a Salem provider today.


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