Study suggests average of 3 years of apparent age saved after facial plastic surgery, no consistent improvement in attractiveness
A study suggests that after aesthetic facial plastic surgery the average number of apparent”years saved” (true age minus guessed age) was 3.1 years but there was only an insignificant increase in attractiveness scores, according to a report published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, a JAMA Network publication.
Patients seek out aesthetic facial surgery to look younger and more attractive but there is minimal literature about the effect of the surgery on perceived age and attractiveness, according to the study background.
A. Joshua Zimm, M.D., of the Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York, and colleagues quantitatively evaluated the degree of perceived age change and improvement in attractiveness following surgical procedures.
Independent raters examined preoperative and postoperative photographs of 49 patients who underwent aesthetic facial plastic surgery between July 2006 and July 2010 at a private practice in Toronto, Canada. The photographs were shown to 50 blind raters. Patients in the study ranged in age from 42 to 73 years at the time of surgery with an average age of 57 years.
On average, raters estimated their patients’ ages to be about 2.1 years younger than their chronological age before surgery and 5.2 years younger than their chronological age after surgery. The average overall years saved following surgery was 3.1 years, according to the results. There also was a small and insignificant increase in attractiveness scores in postprocedural photographs, the results indicate.
“In conclusion, the subjective nature of facial rejuvenation surgery presents a challenge in the assessment of successful results,” the study concludes. “Given the limitations of the attractiveness component of this study as described herein, further investigation is warranted to verify these findings.”
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published online August 1, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.268.