An Old Idea Revisited: Reflections on the Role of Aesthetic Surgery in Behavioral and Social Change
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program
Janice Lalikos, MD
Medical Education | Plastic Surgery
Although the notion that an individual’s morality can be changed from bad to good solely with a procedure that improves physical appearance is controversial, the relationship between appearance and behavior is complex and pertinent to an individual’s psychology and quality of life. Where plastic surgery comes into play, as either treatment or adjuvant therapy, remains to be determined.
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Citation: Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Sep;138(3):568e-9e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002463. Link to article on publisher's site
Chappell, Ava G. and Lalikos, Janice F., "An Old Idea Revisited: Reflections on the Role of Aesthetic Surgery in Behavioral and Social Change" (2016). University of Massachusetts Medical School. Senior Scholars Program. Paper 248.