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If you’ve been considering facial plastic surgery and wondered if you would look younger, there’s a study to help you. New research quantifies the degree of perceived age change after aesthetic facial surgery and shows consistent reduction of seven years.
If you are looking for a way to turn back time, you should check into aesthetic facial surgical procedures, according to a recent article published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. Authors of this report sought out to quantify the degree of perceived age change after these types of procedures and to provide an objective measure of surgical success in terms of years off the face.

Scientists reported that plastic surgery procedures took an average of seven years off patients' facial appearance, with more extensive facial surgeries turning back time even further. The goal, according to plastic surgeons, is to restore a more youthful appearance while preserving the natural look. Until now, facial specialists could only guess at how much younger their patients would look after the face lifts, eyelid work, and forehead procedures.

According to Dr. Nitin Chauhan, a researcher who helped publish the report, everyone goes into surgery with different objectives but all really want a more youthful appearance. He thinks that the numbers are not as important as the trend of getting surgery. What is most important is that the patient likes the results, gets results, and maintains the results for a number of years.

To obtain these results, Chauhan and his associates recruited 40 medical students for the purpose of evaluating before and after shots of 60 participants who received facial surgery, including neck lifts, face lifts, and other additional work. Most of the participants were women between the ages of 45 and 72 years of age. Before their procedures the rates estimated most of these patients were a couple of years younger than they actually were and for the after photos, they pegged them at nine years younger. This resulted in the ‘seven years’ that was published as the result in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

What’s more, the more procedures the participants underwent, the more the perceived age benefit as a result. Getting only a neck and face lift turned back the clock 5.7 years, on the average, based on the photograph evaluations. This compared to 7.5 years for those who received eyelid work in addition to the face lifts and neck procedures. For those who also got a forehead lift, the procedure turned back time a total of a whopping 8.4 years. When the researchers assessed this as an average, the years younger post-surgery was 7.2.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports on their website that an average face lift generally costs $ 6, 630 and a forehead lift procedure runs around $ 3,170. The possible complications of such plastic surgery include infection, bleeding and the risks that are associated with general anesthesia. The big risk for such procedures is that you may not like the way your work turns out and be upset with your overall appearance.

Serious complications and dislike of results are rare, Chauhan conveys in his article. The goal of plastic surgery is to turn back time and now we have actual scientific results that tell us it does just that.

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