Plastic surgeon: NYC mayoral candidates could use some work

June 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- A plastic surgeon who looked over the slate of candidates for New York City mayor says when it comes to their faces all need some work to communicate energy.

Dr. Adam Scheiner, an expert on facial features and author of the book "The True Definition of Beauty," told the New York Post, "If you're going out for political office, you don't want to be seen as less than energetic."

People make snap judgments in just seconds on whether they trust a person -- and politicians are no exception, Scheiner said. However, when it came to the nine mayoral candidates, he recommended invasive surgery to simple light therapy to improve how the candidates are perceived.

For example, Christine Quinn's mouth has downturned sides, which conveys she's stern and unhappy, but Scheiner said Botox will help her appear less "sad or mad."

John Catsimatidis -- a self-made billionaire who owns a grocery chain, a gasoline station chain and real estate -- has a double chin that "communicates" stress, unhappiness and unhealthiness, which could be fixed with liposuction and a surgical neck lift, Scheiner said. The plastic surgeon also said Catsimatidis had puffiness under his eyes that make him look tired and sick, but that could be treated with lower-eyelid surgery.

Comptroller John Liu has sun-damage spots that could be treated with light therapy; former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio suffer from heavy eyelids that could be treated with surgery, Scheiner said.

Joe Lhota, a former Metropolitan Transit Authority's chairman, and Sal Albanese, a former councilman, both have a furrowed brow that could be helped with Botox, while activist Randy Credico has lines around his eyes that also could be improved with Botox, Scheiner told the Post.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has bumps on his jaw creating an irregular profile, which might be a result of teeth grinding, but sends voters a message he's stressed, Scheiner said, but a Botox injection could fix the problem.

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