How long does a facelift last? Plastic surgeons hear it over and over again. A new study might be able to help answer the infamous question.
The study published in the in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), is the first of its kind to evaluate long-term follow-up results of facelift patients.
After assessing standardized photographs of 50 different facelift patients, researchers found that three out of four patients still look younger than they did before surgery, more than five years after their surgery.
"Scoring suggested that 76 percent of patients will still look younger 5½ years after a facelift than they did prior to the facelift," the study authors write. According to the results, "There is no significant objective or subjective sign of continued aging or 'relapse' in any area except for the neck." The researchers add, "The vast majority of patients will continue to look better several years after surgery than they did before."
Does this influence your decision to under go facial rejuvenation? If you already have, are you happy with your results?