Beauty Bonus: Are You More Likable After Plastic Surgery?
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Many claim cosmetic improvement can change your attitude and your personality to make you more likable. There’s some thought that having a cosmetic procedure could also change the way others perceive you – for the better. Board certified plastic surgeons discuss their experiences with patients and whether or not they think this is true.
LOOKING BETTER = MORE LIKABLE
Check out the internet or browse the self-help section of any book store and you will find plenty of tips on how to become more likable. There are blogs that try to teach “likability”, along with self-help books and YouTube videos about improving likability. Everyone, it seems, wants to be seen as likable. A real connection to being likable may come in the operating room, with a plastic surgery procedure.
Researchers from Georgetown University asked male judges to watch videos of women and then rate their likability and make guesses about their personality. It wasn’t surprising that many found the women more attractive in their after surgery photos, but a large group also guessed the women were better at social skills, more trustworthy and in general more likable than the before pictures.
Snap judgments are made all the time about people, based on how they look. Sometimes the assessments are right, and sometimes not so much. The results of the Georgetown study aren’t surprising to some who work in the beauty business and understand that assumptions are made based on appearance. “We have seen this used before in some hidden camera stories,” says Dr. Brian Brzowski, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Utah.
Hollywood beauty ideals.
Brzowski says people often – for better or worse – assume that the person who looks better has higher character and is more fun to be around. “Judgments aside about morals, I think society treats more attractive people better than people who aren’t.” Studies have shown that beautiful people get hired more quickly and often make more money than their less attractive colleagues.