Preliminary Findings on Gender Differences in Aesthetic Rhinoplasty Patients: Body Appreciation and Appearance Comparisons.
Body image has a crucial role in considering elective aesthetic surgery. Yet, gender
differences have not been well studied in this respect. The
present study aimed to provide
preliminary comparisons between male and female
patients regarding body appreciation and
A consecutive sample of 70 rhinoplasty patients was selected in a private
surgical clinic in Tehran, Iran. The Persian versions of
Body Appreciation Scale and
Physical Appearance Comparison Scale-Revised were used to
gather data. Independent t-test was used to compare the scores between male and female participants.
Male patients had higher scores in body appreciation (p<0.05)
and women had higher
scores in physical appearance comparisons. The magnitude of the relationship was large for
body appreciation (d=0.71) and small for appearance comparisons (d=0.08).
Findings of the present study showed that Iranian male rhinoplasty patients hold
more positive attitudes toward their body and tend to compare their physical appearance less
Modern lifestyle, constantly influenced by media exposure of universal
beauty standards, gives aesthetic values a pivotal role in
social life. Beauty has always been admired and
important; however, nowadays the awareness of various methods to improve beauty along with
advancements in medicine has motivated many people toward these methods of improving
attractiveness, shifting the balance of medical priority in favor of
various, sometimes unnecessary, interventions.
Whether a patient’s decision to have aesthetic plastic surgery is a fully
autonomous and conscious is still debatable. In that respect, as
the face is the centre of attention
in human encounters, facial plastic surgery has gained a
special role in plastic surgery practice.
Otolaryngol Open J. 2015; 1(1): 7-12. doi: 10.17140/OTLOJ-1-103