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Eyespy: May 2015

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1999

Age before beauty—“The face is not defined by youth alone.” Or at least so say the authors of a retrospective study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, which compared the preoperative and postoperative photographs of 30 white female patients who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery (including face lifts, neck lifts, and eyelid surgery, among others) between 2009 and 2013 (doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.0158). The 60 photographs were split into six groups, with the preoperative and postoperative images from the same person never appearing in the same group. Twenty four individuals were asked to rate each image using a seven point scale for different personality traits, which included aggressiveness, extroversion, likeability, trustworthiness, risk seeking, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity. Statistical analysis showed that of the eight traits measured, the surgery significantly improved the person’s likeability score (+0.36, P<0.01); social skill score (+0.38, P=0.01); attractiveness score (+0.36, P=0.01); and femininity score (+0.39, P=0.02). The authors conclude by saying that “the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the …

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