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Does Looking Younger Guarantee Attractiveness? The Surprising Truth About Facial Plastic Surgery

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Plastic surgery of the face is a complicated process that can bring you many positive things. On the other hand, it can hide behind the negative sides of this medical field. This research paper talks about the link between undergoing facial plastic surgery and youthfulness, attractiveness, and psychological cognizance.

The article draws attention that the appearance of youth can be bellied thereafter facial plastic surgery is completed but this is not always the case as it is based on various personal factors. It also recognizes factors like social phenomena that affect these standards and considers the fact that beauty has nothing to do with physical appearance. While facial plastic surgery can give rise to self-contentment to a certain degree, the psychological impact has to be given thought, and the probable risks should be weighed. The article ends with the underlining of ethical aspects of facial cosmetic surgery that include well-informed consent, patient education, and professional surgeon’s practices.

The Relationship Between Facial Plastic Surgery and Youthfulness

Facial plastic surgery is driven by one of its main goals, which includes improving one’s quality of life, appearance, and attractiveness. Many studies have revealed that face turn might diminish the age of a perceived individual; average: three to eight years. whether or not a procedure is small or big. This effect of age as well as other considerations, like the quality of skin and the color of hair, the expression on the face, and the cultural influence, also matter.

If you want to look younger, there are several procedures you can consider. Treatments like botox or microdermabrasion can make your skin smoother and more filled, making you look up to 10 years younger. However, these treatments usually focus on specific areas around your eyes, mouth, and nose. If you’re looking for more comprehensive changes, there are other options available. A facelift can help reduce sagging skin and wrinkles on your entire face, while a brow lift can elevate your eyebrows and smooth your forehead. If you have excess skin and fat on your eyelids, an upper eyelid surgery can help, and a nose reshape surgery can change the shape of your nose. Lip injections can help change the shape and volume of your lips, and chin implants can improve the projection, size, and contour of your chin. It’s important to use a combination of these techniques to achieve a natural and harmonious result.

Though the scope for youthfulness effect variability in terms of factors like age, lifestyle, genetics, skincare, and sun exposure is comprehended, the duration of the youthfulness effect is the subject of exploration. Quite often, the life span of facial plastic surgery procedures ranges from 5 to 15 years, depending on the procedure and the individual. Although the convulsion from facial plastic surgery cannot stop the natural aging process, some signs of aging may reappear gradually. The pictured scenario shows that a few patients would prefer repeat or further surgery to retain or achieve better results.

For a summary overview of the above text, please refer to the table below:

FactorEffect on Perceived Age
Procedure TypeSmaller procedures: 3-8 years younger
Procedure TypeLarger procedures: More significant age reduction
Skin QualityBetter quality skin: More youthful appearance
Hair ColorLighter hair: Younger appearance
Facial ExpressionExpressions of positive emotions: Younger appearance
Cultural InfluenceCulture-specific
Procedure Lifespan5-15 years

The Relationship Between Facial Plastic Surgery and Attractiveness:

Facial cosmetic surgery remains the approach many people of all ages and walks of life opt for to enjoy the beauty more and live their lives with more self-esteem. Several pieces of research have shown that the operation results in an increase in the looks score of above fair according to the 10-point scale, with this number varying on the process and the one that is evaluating.

However, do not forget that the concept of what’s desirable can be very different for people and may also depend on the culture, context, or one’s personal preferences.

A different cosmetic surgical operation normally results in the attainment of facial balance and symmetry, adding some volume and definition to the cheek area, correction of the ear shape and position, tightening and smoothening the lines and crinkles on the skin of the neck as well as restoration of volume, shape and fullness on the face.

All of these various approaches can be individualized to portray the particular facial attributes and the specific goals you want to achieve.

But as can be seen above, sex appeal is more than just the physical look. Next on the list is the personality which should not be replaced by anything else. Factors like intelligence, humor, confidence, and kindness are also important.

Moreover, people expect the surgery to give them certain results along with satisfaction, which might be raised by others. It is worth repeating that plastic facial surgery is a personal issue that can become or not make you more attractive, however, it can be never viewed as a guarantee for sure.

For a summary overview of the above text, please refer to the table below:

Various ProceduresIncreased attractiveness score (above fair on a 10-point scale)
Cultural InfluenceCultures have different standards of beauty
Facial Balance & SymmetryA more attractive appearance
Cheek Volume & DefinitionA higher level of attractiveness
Ear CorrectionEnhanced attractiveness
Neck Skin TighteningThe ability to attract more people
Facial Volume RestorationEnhancement of attractiveness
PersonalityContributes significantly to attractiveness

The Psychological Consequences of Facial Plastic Surgery:

Facial plastic surgery indulges patients in various psychological reactions, depending on their outcomes, expectations, and reasons for undergoing such an operation. Research suggests that facial plastic surgery might increase patient satisfaction and self-esteem, especially for the ones who are born with a birth defect or post-trauma disfigurement or the ones who have suffered to the face.

To illustrate that, research by Sarwer et al. (2008) confirmed that among all the patients who had facial plastic surgery, the taste satisfaction with their looks and self-confidence was statistically higher than the levels they had before the operation.

Conversely, though, not all patients have psychological development post-facial plastic surgery. However, may be at the face of some psychological risks and complications for example dissatisfaction, regret, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, addiction, and the experience of loneliness. The sources of these risks are inaccurate expectations, results falling short of their promise, various complications, side effects, stigma, negative feedback from others, and so on. For example, a paper by (Honigman et al. 2004) researchers demonstrated that 7% of patients who underwent face aesthetic procedures were dissatisfied with the result while 15% had a complication afterward.

Conversely, several patients can get hooked on the satisfaction achieved from these procedures and fall into the trap of pursuing many or radical procedures which in the long run may cause harm to their bodies as well as their wellbeing. – Hence, there must be realistic expectations, regarding the informed consent that patients need to have to go through facial plastic surgery. A realistic understanding of the constraints, risks, and advantages of surgery allows the patients to formulate measurable, obtainable goals and get a clear image of how they will look and feel after the surgery.

Well-informed consent entails it as a process where a patient knows fully reaching the surgery specifics, the alternatives, the risks, the financial costs, and the possible results and voluntarily consents to undertake it. This can guide the patient toward making decisions that are based on reasoning, instead of erroneous emotions. As a result, there would be fewer psychologically negative results.

Ethical Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery:

Facial plastic surgery is an approach to modifying one’s appearance, which leads to this process being plagued by ethical ramifications that affect the patient as well as society as a whole. Some ethical questions that arise from facial plastic surgery are: Then the moral question comes: is it right to alter one’s natural look? Whether this stereotyping subtracts from personal uniqueness or self-beliefs or not is a key question. Is it at odds with liking, and then one starts to doubt and not love himself? Is it a source of superficiality and narcissism, or does it help with self-awareness and establishing a sense of confidence?

Does it operate in connection with the distorting or damaging generalization of beauty features? Is it an ethical practice that enhances the lives of vulnerable groups, for example, women, minorities, or children, or is it a practice that impacts them negatively? However, the quest for universal human rights has no easy answers because the various attitudes, opinions, and views are subjective to the values, beliefs, and cultures of different people. However, plastic surgery on the face has to undergo careful ethical thinking and consideration before one decides to do it.

Surgeons in plastic surgery have the duty of educating, counseling, and consenting the patients so that their opinion, choice, and final decision are never in doubt and they are ready for any eventuality. Plastic surgeons should not proceed with the operation of patients whose demands include some irrational or unrealistic ones, such as looking like celebrities, solving personal problems, ignoring social norms, or doing something to please someone else. Plastic surgeons are also responsible individuals; they should perform such surgery on people suffering from psychiatric illnesses, such as body dysmorphic disorder, depression, or anxiety, without giving them adequate diagnoses and treatment.

A plastic surgeon should impart knowledge on procedure risks, benefits, limitations, and alternatives to a patient and act concerning the patient’s autonomy and dignity by supporting his or her choices, desires, abilities, limitations, and development. Physicians practicing specialized cosmetic operations should also adhere to the ethical principles and rules relating to their field, including beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and confidentiality.

Societal beauty standards:

Societal beauty standards can have a significant impact on the decision to undergo facial plastic surgery. Beauty norms embrace different levels of osculation, like media, culture, history, gender, age, and race, among others. Beauty standards can lead people to have different judgments of themselves and each other and determine how they are treated and perceived by society.

A field of changeable and arbitrary definitions of beauty exists not only between different eras but also between different regions. Individuals might be influenced by the popular perfection standards, but if they fail to meet these requirements, they might consider having plastic surgery. 

On the other side, this could also be a downside, including being discriminated against, prejudiced against, stigmatized, or even losing individualism, diversity, and uniqueness. Thus, people need to evaluate the real beauty standards imposed by society, which they see as the reason for facial plastic surgery, and should not accept them as their new life standard.

The table below provides a summary overview of the above text:

Abstract table

Positive Outcomes (Birth Defect, Trauma)Increased satisfaction, self-esteem
Negative OutcomesDissatisfaction, regret, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, addiction, loneliness
Factors Contributing to Negative OutcomesUnrealistic expectations, poor results, complications, side effects, stigma, negative feedback

Dr. Mehdi Ahmadi, a renowned plastic surgeon, poses a challenging question to conclude this blog: As we strive to enhance our appearance through various means, it is crucial to contemplate: Are we seeking to become the best version of ourselves, or are we chasing an illusion of beauty dictated by societal pressures?

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Dr.Mehdi Ahmadi

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Specialist and Member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons. Performs various facial and body surgeries, including: Facelift Temple lift Forehead lift Endoscopic lift Rhinoplasty Jaw surgery …