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Doctor prepares patient for a procedure (Photo : REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON)

While plastic surgery has been associated with youthfulness for years, a recent study revealed that facial rejuvenation surgery has perceptional benefits.

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With age the collagen and elastin proteins which give skin its supple freshness begin to diminish giving way to wrinkles and folds on the surface.

The rough and at times aggressive features that evolve owing to saggy skin, give way to perceptions of unlikability, reveals a study conducted by plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Reilly and his team.


Dr. Reilly's study was featured in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery website set out to discover if there was in fact a relationship between facial rejuvenation surgery and the ensuing personality characteristics of his patients.

The desire to know more about the effect of cosmetic surgeries on patient personalities is what  gave way to the study, Dr. Reilly told Time.  

In Dr. Reilly's study he asked individuals to rate photographs of women, some pre and others post operative, who had undergone cosmetic surgeries.

The photographs of the women were rated based on femininity and attractiveness. It was also reported that he asked subjects to draw conclusions about what sort of personalities the women in the photographs might be. 

The study consistently revealed that the post operative photos of the women rated highly in terms of femininity, social skills, traits and attractiveness.

While the study revealed what was once associated as a common factor with cosmetic surgeries, being to enhance attractiveness, the study sheds some light on personality perceptions such as trust worthiness.

Further, the study reinforced societal preconceptions about the unattractiveness of aging.The study which saw post-operative photographs of women rate higher, the pre-operative images, indicating features of aging were rated as being less likeable.