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Midlife Makeovers More Acceptable, but Still Not for Everyone


Whatever their reasons for seeking it out, those who have undergone plastic surgery don't necessarily perceive themselves as being more attractive than those people who haven't had anything done. On a scale of 1 to 10, cosmetic surgery recipients rated their attractiveness at about the same level as most other Americans.

"Asked at what age they reached -- or will reach -- their peak of physical attractiveness, men and women alike say it is (or will be) not during their youth, but in their early middle age (38 years old, on average). Interestingly, as they get older, they think their peak of attractiveness is older, too," the authors write.

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