A recent study shows that facial rejuvenation surgery takes off an average of seven years. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto and the NorthShore University Health System in Illinois. In the study, sixty first-year medical students were show photos of facelift patients and asked to guess their ages. Both before and after photos were randomly evaluated by test participants, who underestimated the patients’ ages by 1.7 years for the “before” photos and 8.9 years for “after” photos, resulting in an average of 7 years. The study used photos from patients who had undergone 1) facelift and neck lift, 2) face and neck lift and upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and 3) face and neck lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, and forehead lift. In general, the perceived difference in age was larger for patients who had undergone more procedures.
This study is important in that it is one of the first studies to quantitatively and objectively study the impact of facial rejuvenation surgery on perceived age.