The Mona Lisa Effect, the Pillowface Filter, and the Uncanny Valley

How “Instagram face” can cause perception drift in plastic surgery and medical aesthetics

Seeing distortion as part of our daily lives (in the form of ducky lip filler, puffy cheeks, oversized implants, and exaggerated waist to hip ratios) changes what we think of as normal, whether we want it to or not. The human mind anchors to the visual cues it receives and adjusts perception accordingly. This is why plastic surgery is such a tricky field. We must consciously reign in our notions of what is aesthetic and balanced in order to avoid drifting toward exaggeration and heading into the Uncanny Valley...

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