Perception of a cosmetic result by a lay bystander should be the endgame of any aesthetic surgical endeavor. Too often, we judge aesthetic results by our own academic, esteemed criteria without regard to how that person is perceived by the public at large. Simply put, does the individual appear to be more attractive or less deformed by the lay public?1 Ratnarathorn and colleagues2 take on this very daunting task by constructing a large-scale, prospective analysis on the appearance of scars as perceived by the public.
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