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Research study suggests that facial plastic surgery may leave you looking more likable

People rated women who received certain kinds of facial rejuvenation procedures as being more likable, attractive and feminine than women who hadn't yet undergone operations, according to a study published Thursday in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The women who underwent the procedures were also perceived to have more social skills, the study found.

"Our faces are conveying these traits, even when we're not intending to," said study co-author Michael J. Reilly, an assistant professor of facial reconstructive surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. "All of our faces do this all of the time, but some of our faces are more prone to expressing an emotion." The reactions people have to those traits, via looking at physical appearance, is rooted in our brain functioning and evolution, Reilly said.

The women were rated on eight traits. Overall, researchers found, the women's post-operation photos were given higher rankings for social skills, likability, attractiveness and femininity.


James M. Pearson, MD FACS
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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