Mentz Article Perceived Age After Surgery

Study: Cosmetic facial surgical procedures erased 7.2 years off appearance

ACPS Rejuvenation procedures

Patients appeared 7.2 years younger on average than their actual age after receiving facial cosmetic plastic surgery, according to a new study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, “Perceived Age Change After Aesthetic Facial Surgical Procedures.”

In the study, 40 first year medical students examined the photos of 60 aesthetic facial surgery patients—comprised mostly of women ranging from ages 45 to 72—in order to estimate and record their ages.

Those patients who’d undergone a procedure combination of facelift, necklift, browlift, and eyelid surgery received the greatest rejuvenating effect—with the raters judging them to be 8.4 years younger on average than their actual ages. Those who’d had a facelift, necklift, and eyelid surgery were perceived to look 7.5 years younger, while a facelift and necklift turned back the clock by 5.7 years.

The study’s authors, Drs. Nitin Chauhan, and Jeremy P. Warner—aesthetic facial surgeons affiliated with the University of Toronto–and plastic surgeon Dr. Peter A. Adamson with Northshore University Health System in Illinois, conducted the study with the objective “to quantify the degree of perceived age change after aesthetic facial surgical procedures.”

The researchers noted that the study results could serve as a helpful resource for individuals interested in aesthetic facial surgery, providing them with a sense of the level of rejuvenation they can realistically expect to receive from various procedures.

Despite the weakened economy, the number of facelifts increased by five percent in 2011 compared to the year before, with 119,000 performed. Experts say the aging baby boom population and the desire to stay competitive in the job market are at least two of the factors largely behind the upward trend in cosmetic plastic surgery numbers for the past two years in a row. In 2011, 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed—an increase of five percent from 2010.