Senior Scholars Program


An Old Idea Revisited: Reflections on the Role of Aesthetic Surgery in Behavioral and Social Change

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program

Faculty Advisor

Janice Lalikos, MD



Document Type



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

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Ava Chappell participated in this publication as a medical student as part of the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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