August 03, 2013
Plastic Surgery Does Not Improve Attractiveness

See Face-lifts have minimal effect, according to new study. Also, Facial plastic surgery won't make you more attractive to others, study suggests.

My guess is that whether plastic surgery really helps depends on whether you are trying to peel back the years or improve facial shape in a young face. The latter can certainly help. A classic example of a big improvement in attractiveness before and after Marilyn Monroe. The nose and chin work really helped.

If you are still tempted by plastic surgery then consider the risks, especially from a quack surgeon. Find the best. Check out totally botched celebrity plastic surgeries. Scary.

Enthusiasts for rejuvenation therapy already understand we need much better tools for rolling back the toll of years of living. We need the ability to repair the damage caused by aging at the cellular level. We need replacement cells, replacement organs, removal of extracellular and intracellular trash, and gene therapy. These are all part of Aubrey de Grey's Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).

Share |      Randall Parker, 2013 August 03 09:03 PM 

sobl1 said at August 4, 2013 8:22 AM: is no longer online but used to have great side by side shots of awful procedures by the Hollywood and model circuit. I'm all for people getting surgery if they want but I reserve the right to mock them after it. Breast implants and lip work look like the least successful procedures. Lips specifically have a ratio range where one's upper lip is suppose to be smaller than the lower lip. It seems no one ever gets that one right. Breast implants looks awful a high percentage of the time (at least 75%). It's amazing how many women still get implants despite the high failure rate.

Brett said at August 4, 2013 10:31 AM:

Given the amount of money that could be made if we could really sculpt faces as we wished it's surprising we haven't got there yet. In the future we are all going to look the same!

Josť said at August 4, 2013 2:01 PM:

"In the future we are all going to look the same!"

I don't see any basis for that kind of prediction. When people have aesthetic control over other things, do we find that they all converge toward indistinguishable similarity? For instance, does all music sound the same now that with digital technology we can produce and reproduce any kind of realizable wave-form?


I think glucosepane cross-linking is a disproportionate contributor to skin ageing, along with loss or quiescence of stem cells in sub-cutaneous fat depots. Solve those problems and the difference in superficial aspects of ageing could be quite dramatic.

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