The goal of almost any elective plastic surgery procedure is to achieve a more youthful look. But just how many years can you actually drop? Nine. That’s according to a recent study in the Archives of Plastic Surgery. Of course it depends on which surgery you have done and how many treatments you choose to do too.
At the University of Toronto, 40 volunteer medical students studied the photographs of 60 plastic surgery patients aged 45 to 72. In their “before” photos, the volunteers guessed near the correct age, assuming the patients were about 1.7 years younger than their actually age. Then the volunteers studied photos of the patients after they received either facelifts and necklifts; facelifts, necklifts and eyelid surgery; or eyelid surgery plus lifts to the face, neck and forehead.
The first group (facelifts and necklifts) were guessed to be 5.7 years younger. The second group (facelifts, neck lifts, and eyelids) were perceived to be 7.5 years younger. And the last group that had the most surgeries (facelifts, necklifts, forehead lifts and eyelid surgery) were guessed to be 8.5 years younger than their true age.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelifts and eyelifts were two of the top five most popular plastic surgeries in 2011, along with breast augmentation, liposuction and nose jobs.
“Our findings offer some objective sense as to our success with surgical intervention as facial plastic surgeons and provide us with more evidence to give patients when formulating their preoperative expectations,” said the University of Toronto study authors.
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