General surgery

The researches find that the plastic surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center find that when a man chose to have a nip or a tuck on his face, it significantly increased perceptions of attractiveness, likeability, social skills, or trustworthiness. The study, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery; shows that men benefit from facial cosmetic surgery in much the same way as women: other people find more to like in that new visage.

The plastic surgery

However; the study did not show a significant impact on perceptions of gender (masculinity); whereas a similar study performed  with women in 2015 showed a significant increase in ratings of femininity. “The tendency to judge facial appearance is likely root in evolution; as studies suggest evaluating a person base on appearance is link to survival our animal instinct tells us to avoid those who are ill-will and they know from previous research that personality traits are drawn from an individual’s  neutral expressions.”

Explains the study’s senior investigator, Michael J. Reilly, MD, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Georgetown’s School of Medicine. Reilly is board certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and sees patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “Taken together; our findings suggest that both men and women undergoing facial cosmetic surgery can experience not only improved perception of attractiveness, but other positive changes in society’s perception of their persona;” he says.

A significant impact

In recent years, men in America have changed their social attitudes about “appearance maintenance” from one bordering on narcissism to somewhere on a continuum of well-being, Reilly adds. Men are now 15-20% of the cosmetic surgery market; but many prefer male facial features are the opposite of what is prized on a female face. For example; it is believe that attractive male features include prominent cheekbones; a square jaw and prominent chin; while attractive female features are round cheeks, softer contours, wide smile and large, wide eyes.

The cosmetic surgery

In this study, 24 men underwent facial cosmetic surgery by one of two Georgetown surgeons Reilly and Steven P. Davison, MD, who is also a co-author. The men had one or more of the following surgeries: upper eyelid lift (upper blepharoplasty), reduction of lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty), face-lift, brow-lift, neck-lift, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), and/or a chin implant.

These men, who paid for their own surgery, agreed to the use of their before and after photographs for research purposes. Six surveys were designed, each of which included eight photographs (4 before surgery, 4 after surgery. No survey contained both of a single individual).