Aesthetic Treatment Positively Impacts Social Perception: Analysis of Subjects From the HARMONY Study

Steven Dayan, Alexander Rivkin, Jonathan M. Sykes, Craig F. Teller, Susan H. Weinkle, Garrett T. Shumate, Conor J. Gallagher

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BACKGROUND: The impact of facial aesthetic treatments not only enhances physical appearance but also psychological well-being. Accordingly, patient-reported outcomes are increasingly utilized as an important measure of treatment success. Observer-reported outcomes are a relevant yet often overlooked measure of treatment benefit. OBJECTIVES: The authors aimed to evaluate the impact of panfacial aesthetic treatment on the perception of an individual in a variety of social contexts. METHODS: A total 2000 men and women (aged 18-65 years) participated in an online study designed to capture the blinded observer's social perception of pretreatment and posttreatment patients who received panfacial aesthetic treatment in the HARMONY study. Perceptions relevant to character traits, age, attractiveness, and social status were evaluated. Observers were divided into 2 groups. Single image respondents (n = 1500) viewed 6 single, randomized patient images (3 pretreatment, 3 posttreatment), and paired image respondents (n = 500) viewed 6 pretreatment and posttreatment image pairs. RESULTS: Single image respondents reported significantly (P < 0.05) higher levels of agreement that posttreatment subjects appeared to possess more positive character traits (eg, healthy and approachable), were more socially adept, younger, more attractive, more successful at attracting others, and possessed a higher social status. Paired image respondents also reported a higher level of agreement for posttreatment images being aligned with positive character traits, representative of a younger and more attractive individual, and one with a higher social status. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the positive impact of minimally invasive panfacial treatment extends beyond enhancing physical appearance and highlights the importance of social perception and observer-reported outcomes in aesthetic medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1380-1389
Number of pages10
JournalAesthetic surgery journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 13 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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