Plastic surgery really does make you “look” younger

People who had facial plastic surgery were estimated to be nearly nine years younger than their actual age after the procedures, according to a study published by the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

The study, headed by Dr. Nitin Chauhan of the University of Toronto, included 60 patients (54 of them women), who ranged in age from 45 to 72, and divided them into three groups.

The first group had face and neck lifts, the second had face and neck lifts along with eyelid work, while the third group had face and neck lifts, eyelid work and forehead lifts. Volunteers from a class of medical students estimated patients’ ages from photographs.

The team says the students estimated patient ages to be about 1.7 years younger than their actual age before surgery but 8.9 years younger than their chronological age after surgery.

The change in perceived age varied based on the specific procedures performed, the authors say.

For the first group of patients, the average change in perceived age was 5.7 years, for the second group it was 7.5 years, and for the third group it was 8.4 years.

“That being said, patients and facial plastic surgeons are aware that our abilities are not limitless in the effort to combat age-related changes, despite increased sophistication and diversity in our rejuvenation techniques,” the study said.