A new obervational study suggests many individuals who seek cosmetic rhinoplasty (“nose jobs”) often exhibit personality abnormalities, including obsessiveness, hypochondriasis, and making false statements that make them look better compared with others (“good faking”).

The study is published in the July 2007 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Study authors used the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), to evaluate the personalities of 66 rhinoplasty candidates with the intention of determining what their rate of satisfaction with the results of the procedure would be.

None of the rhinoplasty patients rated as “normal” under the MMPI, compared with 40 percent of the control group who did. Rhinoplasty patients also exhibited a substantially greater rate of “negative” personality traits.

Twenty-three percent were labeled “obsessive;” 20 percent rated as hypochondric; 20 percent rated as “good faking;” and 12 percent rated as “bad faking” (making statements that make your situation worse than it really is).

These traits were then used to measure a correlation between a person’s personality and their satisfaction with the result of their rhinoplasty.

Patients who scored as “good faking” and “depressed” expressed the highest rate of satisfaction.

The patients with the lowest rate of satisfaction were those who scored as “obsessive,” “psychasthenic” (excessive doubts, compulsions, obsessions, and unreasonable fears), and “anti-social”.

The study’s authors believe this indicates that people with these personality traits are not well-suited for cosmetic rhinoplasty.

Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS)