Facelifts are among the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery as they may reverse some of the ravages of time on the face and help us look a little more like we used to when we were younger. New techniques are resulting in more natural results and recent research has suggested that a facelift can even make one look as much as fifteen years younger.
The research, published in an official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), also found that most patients are highly satisfied with their procedure long term.
The study, conducted by Eric Swanson, MD, found that “The vast majority of patients undergoing facelift surgery are satisfied with their results…These findings support the recommendation of surgical facial rejuvenation to patients who wish to look younger”.
Most patients felt that their surgery had improved their appearance and, consequently, their quality of life. The study focused on 122 patients who had a facelift and most of them had also had an additional plastic surgery procedure at the same time. These surgeries included eyelid surgery, brow lift surgery and skin resurfacing. There were 82 women and 11 men in the study, with an average age of 57, who were surveyed seven months after their surgery. The following was noted:
• The patients felt they looked significantly younger, with an average perceived reduction in age of almost twelve years
• 97 percent of patients said the results of their facelift met their expectations
• 40 percent said they thought their results were even better than expected
• Almost 90 percent of patients said they had received positive reactions from other people regarding their new appearance
• More than 80 percent of patients reported improved confidence and self-esteem
• 70 percent reported improved quality of life.
Patient satisfaction and quality of life are obviously fundamental considerations in assessing the success of a cosmetic surgery. This research here would seem to indicate for that some patients a facelift can, and actually does, result in a younger appearance.