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Plastic surgery can change what strangers think about you

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Did you know that having plastic surgery can have an impact on how other people perceive your personality?  According to a recently published study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, women who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery not only were perceived to be better looking, but also more likeable after surgery.  Interestingly, though, patients whose results were more noticeable after surgery were viewed as less personable.

As a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, I often get asked my opinion on celebrities who have undergone recent plastic surgery procedures with often dramatic results.  My response is that if it looks like obvious plastic surgery, then it’s bad plastic surgery.  The results of this study show that bad plastic surgery can, in fact, cause others to view you as less personable.  When you think about how this can negatively affect your life, ranging from everyday interactions to even job interviews, who would want to have bad plastic surgery?

I try to instill in my patients that the best plastic surgery is that which gives natural-appearing results. The primary goal should not be to drastically alter your appearance, but rather, to make subtle changes.  This is especially important in facial procedures, where the “new” you should look refreshed and rejuvenated, rather than looking like a completely different person.   In order to achieve this, it is very important during the initial consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals, decide what can be reasonably accomplished, set realistic expectations, and then select an appropriate plan.

Of course, surgery is not the only answer or even the best option for people.  People are surprised when I, as a board-certified plastic surgeon, suggest that they do not have surgery.  I believe that there are many non-surgical options for rejuvenation that provide excellent results, and that the best option does not always involve going under the knife.  Plastic surgery is the marriage of science and art, and it takes a keen eye for aesthetics to consistently achieve subtle results.  If you are considering any procedure, I would recommend that you do your homework and hire a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has also earned a reputation for prioritizing patient safety and achieving natural looking results.

One of the best parts about being a plastic surgeon is re-establishing the inner glow that comes from within.  Plastic surgery can really transform someone’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as their happiness levels after their procedure.  These changes are not lost on others, so I am not surprised by the results of the study that demonstrate that plastic surgery can change the way others view your personality for the better.   If you would like to get your glow back, feel free to request a consultation.

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