Most people who choose to go under the knife for cosmetic surgery do so to make themselves look more attractive, but scientists in the US have found that one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures has other benefits besides looking good.
Rhinoplasty (or, a nose job) is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed, with around 200,000 being performed in the US each year, and many celebrities undergoing the op, including actresses Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Grey, and Heidi Montag.
While most get it done for aesthetic reasons – to make themselves appear more attractive – and others for medical reasons, including difficulty breathing through the nose, scientists have discovered that outsiders also view people who have undergone rhinoplasty as not only better looking, but also healthier and more successful.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the US had 473 volunteers analyse images of 13 patients before and after having nose jobs, without knowing the patients’ surgery status. The results showed that nose jobs made people appear more attractive, successful and healthy.
In the study, published in the AMA Facial Plastic Surgery, the researchers wrote that patients may “experience an improvement in social interactions stemming from the positive effect of rhinoplasty surgery on observer perceptions.”
Of course, it doesn’t always go to plan, as in the case of Jennifer Grey, who underwent the surgery after starring in the hit movie Dirty Dancing, and was from the on unrecognisable, effectively ruining her promising acting career.
The actress has been quoted in the past expressing regret for undergoing the procedure.
“I went into the operating room a celebrity and came out anonymous,” she said.
“It was the nose job from hell. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognises because of a nose job.”