Going Under The Knife Might Make You Look Younger, But Not Hotter

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If you were in the market for a facelift in order to catch the eye of cuties at some Da Club or another, cancel your Troy/McNamara appointment. A new study that asked a group of people to evaluate plastic surgery patients before or after their procedures shows that while they're generally thought to look around three years younger post-op, they're not perceived as any hotter. Which, to me, doesn't seem worth a $7,000 eyelid lift, but hey, it's subjective, free to be you and me, etc.


Some issues one could take with the study: 50 people were asked to rank the attractiveness and guess the age of around the same number of patients, but only saw either the before or after photo of each person. Also, "facial plastic surgery such as face and neck lifts" — does that include rhinoplasty? Liposuction?

While one of the plastic surgeons groused that it wasn't the final word on the effects of their practice, most of them weren't surprised by the results — they've chosen their particular pitch jargon (surgery is "freshening up," a "rejuvenation") to avoid misleading potential patients into thinking they'll drift into twilight sedation and awaken looking like Alessandra Ambrosio.


'Does plastic surgery make you pretty? The jury's out' [Reuters]

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I wonder if it included the injections or whatever people use that make their cheeks fuller. Fatter faces do look younger, but then you have people with these overly puffy faces that seem to squish their eyes closed. It might make them look younger, but not necessarily more attractive. I'm sure you can think of some celebrities who fit the description.

Sidenote: I'm typing this on an iPad and it's doing the most effed up things with autocorrect. It will take two correctly spelled words and autocorrect them into a long series of letters that doesn't spell a word. For instance, just now when i I wrote 'series of letters' and it replaced it with 'seriekettle.' Then it put the red underline beneath it because it's not a word. WTF? Is it possessed?