Beauty is a Culturally Specific Social Advantage

If you are happy with your appearance, or don’t put much value in appearance, you may find it difficult to relate. However, for the those individuals who are not happy with their appearance and do care, this can have a significant impact on their overall self-confidence, which can have a detrimental effect on their overall well-being.
Beauty is a culturally specific social advantage. Just as having a high intellectual or social IQ is an advantage, being attractive affords measurable benefits. For example, school aged children have been shown to be given more academic leniency if they are attractive. In fact, being attracted to good looks is genetically hard-wired into our DNA. Children as young as a a few months of age, have been shown to make eye contact with photos of “attractive” faces three times longer than “not attractive” faces.
The nose is the most prominent and emotionally charged feature on the face. For those individuals who are not happy with their nasal appearance, it can sometimes become an obsession which interferes with social interaction, particularly in the formative teenage years when faces morph into their adult form and aesthetic difference become more pronounced.
Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege of transforming more than a thousand noses into an ethnically appropriate, more attractive feature and in many cases with improved function, with the benefit of enhancing the individuals self-confidence.
I have transformed the nasal appearance of individuals from their teens to their 60’s, from many ethnicities and backgrounds: African-American, Hispanic, Jewish, Indian, Northern and Southern European and Asian.
Regardless of age or ethnicity, the desire is always the same – to be a happy and confident individual.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS