At first this seems restating the obvious, but there are legitimate concerns raised about whether patients really looked younger from these procedures or just different. Or whether these surgeries only smoothed and didn’t actually rejuvenate.
One important thing I always emphasize with my facelift patients was not part of the study. More than just looking younger, these procedures make patients look happier and healthier. I do not believe there is any loss of beauty when a man or woman ages – so long as they don’t get lines which makes them look unhappy, sad, angry, or mean when they do not feel that way. And a facelift works for those issues in addition to making patients look younger.
We often take for granted that plastic surgery does what we think it does. But after all these years, there was not a well done study demonstrating how much younger people actually look after a facelift. Finally in a paper published in the February issues of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, blinded observers thought post surgery patients looked an average of nine years younger after surgery.