Women in their 20s want a nose job; when in their 50s, they want to fix their jaws: study

Study results validated in UAE reveal changes in women’s perceptions toward facial features as they age

A study conducted by a group of Turkish researchers sought to grasp women’s motivations for altering their facial appearance.

It was learnt that age is a determining factor in women’s perceptions towards their facial features.

Women in their 20s, for example, see their nose and skin as highly desirable of change, while the skin around the eyes (periorbital region) is the primary cause of concern for women in their 30s and 40s. Women in their 50s, however, regard the jawline as a focal point.

Commenting on the study further, Dr. Sanjay Parashar, Founder of Cocoona, says: “Women of all ages hold a general self-perception towards what they consider beautiful and unattractive of their facial features.

“As women age, they become sensitive to specific parts of their face; parts which they feel need addressing. This is seen among our center’s female visitors, as we can easily notice the difference in their plastic surgery interest in relation as per their varied age groups,” Dr Parashar said.

The study consisted of women appearing at a cosmetic surgery outpatient clinic for consultation, where they were asked many questions: facial features they focused on in the mirror, features they noticed most in other women, parts of their face they liked and disliked and what facial feature, if any, they wished to alter in themselves.

It was indicated that women concentrated on parts of their face they disliked most, triggering a desire to alter those features. As women grow older however, their most disliked feature changes.

Results showed a positive correlation between the focal features of women and the areas they most yearn to change. Additionally, women focus on their personally chosen focal points when looking at women in their 20s and 30s, but not when looking at women in their 40s and 50s.

Putting forth his opinion on the study, Dr. Parashar said: “As a cosmetic and plastic surgeon, I know the depth of understanding required to cope with patient’s expectations; especially women who are dissatisfied with their face on which they place tremendous value. It is a surgeon’s responsibility to not only understand, but to advise and offer solutions.”
 

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