How a face-lift can aid success (and even help you escape a speeding ticket)

A new study suggests women look more successful after a face-lift
A new study suggests women look more successful after a face-lift  Credit: Alamy 

When Sarah Parish, the actress, recently admitted to undergoing a non-surgical face-lift to boost her career, she raised eyebrows.

But a new study suggests that women who embark on cosmetic procedures to look younger and more attractive really do help themselves become more successful.

Researchers asked hundreds of people to rate women before and after face-lifts. They found that a nip-and-tuck wiped an average of four years off their age, increased attractiveness by 18 per cent and made them appear 16 per cent healthier.

The women also appeared 10 per cent more successful after the operation.

The researchers from Johns Hopkins University say that cosmetic interventions which lift the features to improve appearance may produce a ‘halo effect’ - a phenomenon whereby people automatically view those who are more attractive as virtuous, trustworthy and happier.

Sarah Parish admitted to a non-surgical face-lift claiming crews found her difficult to light  Credit: Andrew Crowley 

They could even help people avoid a speeding ticket, as researchers say the halo effect often results in 'judicial leniancy.'

“Our results reveal that patients after face-lift surgery have improved attractiveness and perceived success,” said lead author Dr Lisa Ishii, and assistant professor of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

“Individuals considered more attractive experience what is often described as a halo effect.

“Attractive individuals are assumed to possess more socially desirable personalities, live happier lives, and experience more success compared with less attractive individuals.

“Furthermore, individuals perceived as more attractive are more likely to be hired for a job, receive judicial leniency, and be elected as political candidates.

“Although preliminary, these findings suggest that the overall effect of face-lift surgery has the potential to improve perceptions across many aspects in social interaction with a conceivable effect on occupational outcomes.”

Kylie is a fan of non-invasive ‘radio frequency’ facials 

In an interview Parish, who is known for her performances in Cutting It and Mistresses and W1A, said chose to have an Ultratherapy procedure because it was ‘becoming increasingly hard to light me in certain ways.’

She admitted ‘becoming a bit jowly’ but said she had shied away from ‘scary needles or knives’ Although the procedure was non-surgical its makers claim it gives the same effect as a regular face-lift.

Recent data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that the number of cosmetic operations last year dropped 40 per cent since reaching record-breaking heights in 2015.

Face and neck lifts fell by 53 per cent last year to just 3,453, from 6,402 in 2015. Eyelid surgery was also down 38 per cent.

BAAPS said that non-surgical options such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion were taking over from the traditional nip-and-tuck.

An example of one of the face-lift images used in the study  Credit: Johns Hopkins University 

Celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Amanda Holden and Nicole Scherzinger are all reported to be fans of non-invasive ‘radio frequency’ facials which plump up the skin by zapping molecules beneath the surface.

Previous small studies have found that younger and lifted faces increase perceptions femininity, likeability and  social skills.

The new study asked 483 observers to rate 13 female patients before and after face-lift surgery and found widespread benefits in perception by others. The authors say that it will help doctors give more information about what a patient can expect after a procedure.

New legislation to ensure that all those carrying out invasive cosmetic procedures are trained and registered is currently going through the House of Commons.

The Royal College of Surgeons is also compiling a new register of ‘certified surgeons’ who can carry out cosmetic procedures. To make the list they must prove they have appropriate training, experience and insurance to practice in the UK.

The new research was published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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