Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Does plastic surgery make you more attractive?

For the study, researchers played a quick game of "Hot or Not?" They had 50 people with no expertise in plastic surgery rate the attractiveness of a group of 49 patients who had received some sort of aesthetic facial procedure, such as face-lifts, neck-lifts, or brow-lifts (all the lifts, really), on a scale of 1 to 10. Each rater saw a before or after picture of each patient, but not both. They also estimated the person’s age.

The difference between patients’ perceived age before surgery and after was 3.1 years, on average, but there was no statistically significant change in overall attractiveness ratings, meaning for the study's purposes, people were no more attractive after plastic surgery. ...

But probably the opinion that matters the most is the one of the person paying for it, and studies have shown that patients typically report high levels of satisfaction with their cosmetic procedures, and can see improvement in anxiety or depression they may have experienced before the procedure. One study from 2005 found 87 percent of patients reported being satisfied with their surgeries, and rated their own attractiveness more highly after the procedure.
--Julie Beck, The Atlantic, on the returns from plastic surgery


Recently crowned Miss Korea 2012, Kim Yu-mi, openly admitted to having gone under the knife in order to achieve her pageant-winning good looks.

After high school photos of the now 21-year-old Kim surfaced on the internet, scandal ensued. The delicate beauty is only a shadow of her former self, the images of the much younger Kim little resembling who she is today.




--Chelsea Hawkins, KoreAm, on the returns from Korean plastic surgery