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Plastic Surgeon Says Beautiful People Earn More Money

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A leading plastic surgeon said that beautiful people do better in life because we are hardwired to appreciate good looks.

Dr. Bryan Mendelson, former president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said beautiful people not only make more money, but have better relationships.

His statements come after a string of books were published arguing the same point. Most notably, sociologist Catherine Hakim's Erotic Capital argued that women should use their looks to get ahead.

Dr. Mendelson's book, In Your Face, discusses the idea of "pulchronomics." Pulchronomics is a term that describes the economic value of good looks.

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The term was invented by US economist Daniel S. Hamermesh, who wrote In Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. He put the value of being born beautiful at $230,000, with attractive people earning that much more over their lifetime.

Dr. Mendelson discussed the reality of unattractive people being paid less during an interview with the Huffington Post. 

He said, "There has been a study on less attractive men and how much their looks cost them. Throughout their lives these men have to work harder and perform better than good looking men, but ultimately they are still getting less because they aren't seen to be so nice."

"We associate people who are attractive as being good people. People who don't look so nice are constantly being labelled and police target people who look like criminals."

The findings revealed in his book are based on his personal and professional experience. He has worked as a cosmetic surgeon for more than 25 years in Australia and said that most people who have surgery do not tell their friends and family they had anything done.

"People have surgery not to impress others, they do it to impress themselves," he said.

"For many people, it's about getting their confidence back. The fact is it's about self-esteem. They're doing it for themselves."

Sources: Daily Mail, Huffington Post