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The pursuit of beauty through facial plastic surgery unveils a paradox the potential to reverse time visually does not necessarily translate into an unequivocal enhancement of attractiveness. A study delves into the complex relationship between facial plastic surgery, age, and perceived attractiveness. The research, spanning from 2006 to 2010, involved 37 women and 12 men aged 42 to 73, who underwent procedures like face-lifts, neck-lifts, and brow-lifts. As the boundaries of facial plastic surgery are explored, the beauty paradox invites reflection on the multifaceted nature of attractiveness and the delicate interplay between age, perception, and surgical interventions. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, aimed to determine the impact of such surgeries on both visual aging and perceived attractiveness.
Participants' photographs, both pre-and postoperative, were shown to 50 raters randomly assigned to rating groups. The results revealed that facial plastic surgery managed to reverse approximately three years of visual aging. However, when it came to quantifying attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10, the improvements were not statistically significant. Despite a perceived age reduction of 3.1 years, the majority of patients received attractiveness scores between 4 and 7, with minimal changes observed between pre- and postoperative photos. There exists an ingrained bias associating older age with decreased attractiveness. This bias influences how individuals subconsciously assign attractiveness scores, potentially leading to perceiving a very attractive 70-year-old as less pretty than a moderately attractive 45-year-old.
While individuals undergoing facial plastic surgery often express a desire to look better, defining "better" is subjective. Surgeons emphasize terms like "refreshed" or "less tired" rather than promising increased attractiveness. Managing patient expectations is crucial, as unrealistic promises can lead to dissatisfaction. The study's author underscores the importance of avoiding claims like "looking 15 years younger" and focusing on achievable outcomes.
The study grapples with the challenge of objectifying an inherently subjective concept: beauty. The author acknowledges the complexity of quantifying attractiveness and quotes Aaron Spelling, who noted, "I can't describe it, but I know it when it walks in the room." This complexity underscores the elusive nature of beauty and the inherent challenges in attempting to create or define it, even in the realm of skilled plastic surgery.