New UK Study Shows Facelift Benefits Over TimePosted on December 12, 2012 | by Boston Plastic Surgery
More than five years after their procedures, three-fourths of British and Scottish facelift patients continued to look younger than they did before their operations. This is according to a new study done by British and Scottish researchers.
Even though some areas of the patient’s face showed some signs of aging, a range of assessments showed long lasting results, according to Dr. Barry M. Jones of King Edward VII Hospital in London and Steven J. Lo of Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow.
In a statement Lo and Jones said of the study, “This study provides strong evidence that facelift surgery can provide significant long-term aesthetic gains.”
How The Facelift Study Was Done
The researchers of the study standardized the photographs of 50 patients and analyzed them using three sets of measurements to determine how well the results maintained over time:
- The angle of the chin in association with the neck, as well as the patient’s jowl height.
- Key areas like the lines from the patient’s mouth to chin or lines from the nose to the mouth were subjectively analyzed.
- Finally, an overall subjective assessment of the patient’s physical features were taken into account.
The average length of time between the surgery and the study analysis for the patients involved in the study was around five and a half years.
The study is scheduled to be published in the December edition of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and found that all three measurement metrics of the study showed significant improvement over pre-operative results. Even though some patients experienced some loss of improvement in their facial appearance after their facelift, the majority continued to look younger.
Jones and Lo wrote, “Scoring suggested that 76 percent of patients would still look younger five and a half years after a facelift than they did prior to the facelift.”