New Study Proves People Who Have Plastic Surgery Make Better First Impressions

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A report published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/s00266-004-1017-1) is the first of its kind to support that following physically enhancing cosmetic surgery people may receive better judgment from others.

A study published in the November issue of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery a leading medical journal (online at http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/s00266-004-1017-1) reveals that patients who underwent facial cosmetic surgery created a better first impression following the surgery.

Randomly selected unknowing observers separately evaluated before and after photographs of patients who had undergone facial cosmetic surgery. The standardized photographs were graded on a scale of one to ten in multiple categories which relates to first impressions. Findings indicate that after facial cosmetic surgery patients were graded as 31% more attractive, 27% greater in social skills, 22% higher in dating success, 19% better in athletic skills, 15% higher in relationship skills, and 13% higher in financial success.

"It appears that external beauty does matter to some extent" explained Dr. Steven H. Dayan, the principle investigator of the study and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. "Although we try not to judge a book by its cover, there appears to be innate characteristics in all of us that attract us to definable standards of beauty." "I am often told by my patients that following their cosmetic surgery procedure they have achieved a new job, an improved romantic relationship or greater personal success. I had always felt that it was secondary to a greater self confidence which had projected through, but I now have to consider that maybe there is more to it." Dr. Dayan was also perplexed by other findings, "While it is somewhat intuitive that those who undergo plastic surgery could be judged more attractive, it is a bit of a surprise that following cosmetic surgery a person would be graded as a better athlete." This study the first of its kind scientifically validates that plastic surgery can enhance the first impression that one makes. This data supports the premises behind the nation's fascination with the extreme makeover phenomenon.

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