Before criminals complete their sentences and rejoin society, prison systems generally try to rehabilitate these inmates to ensure that they don’t become repeat offenders. Often times, rehabilitation means job training, life skills classes, drug education, or even therapy, but there is another, more controversial approach: plastic surgery.
That’s right, plastic surgery. The theory is that criminals, particularly those with facial deformities, act out due to a lack of self-worth. Plastic surgery not only helps the felons to become new people physically, but also gives them the confidence to be successful and not act out against society. Unfortunately, the research on this topic isn’t too current, although it is fascinating. In 1969, a study published about prisoners who received plastic surgery prior to their release. As years passed, the parolees with enhanced faces were less likely to return to prison than their peers, even those who received traditional forms of rehabilitation.
Unlike whatever put some of these inmates in prison in the first place, plastic surgery’s success is hardly an open and shut case. Conducting a follow-up study in 1980, an expert agreed that criminals with plastic surgery were less likely to return to jail. However, this data suggested that these “reformed” felons committed just as many crimes, they just weren’t as likely to be caught and/or convicted for them. Evidently, their new, non-criminal appearance helped them to avoid sentencing. Hey, it pays to be beautiful. Another study tried to tackle the subject, but researchers decided it was all a bit too complicated to reach a black-and-white conclusion. What do you think? Might plastic surgery help reformed criminals to kick start a new life or is it a misallocation of tax dollars?
Before any procedure, your doctor warns you about potential side effects of surgery; but it’s important never to discount the role that mental and emotional health play before, during and after each procedure. At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery, we care about each and every patient that walks through our doors. Dr. Frederic Barr has maintained a flawless track record for over two decades, and is considered one of the top plastic surgeons in West Palm Beach. To find out more, contact us today at 561-833-4122.