Can Plastic Surgery Make Someone Appear More Likeable?

Posted by administration on July 9, 2015

Plastic_Surgery.jpgMany people elect to have plastic surgery in order to appear more youthful or to improve or correct a specific feature, such as a nose job (rhinoplasty).  However, a new study shows that cosmetic surgery can actually change perceptions about people’s personality traits.

The study, released this week by the "Journal of American Medicine Association" (JAMA) Facial Plastic Surgery, investigated the results of procedures including facelifts, upper and lower eye lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and chin lifts.  The study suggests that patients who underwent at least one of these procedures tended to be perceived as more trustworthy afterward, revealed the study of 30 white female patients.

Lead study author Mike Reilly, who is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University, finds the concept interesting. “When you’re eyes are more open, (you appear) more trustworthy – your parents, like mine, probably told you if you’re making eye contact, you’re not lying,” he said.

The study found that having a facelift and lower eye lift resulted in the most favorable personality trait review post-surgery.  Those surgeries can help people look more awake and happier and therefore more approachable.  Other studies have linked those traits to likeability.  

If you have questions about cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver, Colorado to schedule a consultation.  Contact them at 303-367-9000 or 


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