Plastic surgery leaves you looking more likeable?

Plastic surgery is supposed to involve subtle changes to your face. But the impact of procedures may extend far beyond your physical appearance. People may perceive your after-surgery personality differently as well, according to new research.

People rated women who underwent certain types of facial rejuvenation procedures including facelifts, eyelifts and neck lifts as more likeable, sociable, attractive and feminine than women who hadn’t had surgery, according to a new study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery medical journal.

“Our faces are conveying these traits, even when we’re not intending to,” said study co-author Michael J. Reilly, an assistant professor of facial reconstructive surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Those who undergo facial rejuvenation surgery have the potential to change the way their face conveys these traits.

We’ve know for a long time that plastic surgery is as much about uplifting the spirit as changing the appearance but now there is proof that the impact of surgery is more than skin deep.