Plastic surgery makes you look 7.2 years younger, study finds
21 February 2012A new study has suggested that on average, facial cosmetic surgery will make someone look 7.2 years younger. Research carried out at the University of Toronto in Canada and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois, involved medical students studying before and after shots of 60 people, 54 women and six men, who had undergone cosmetic surgery. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the students aged patients 1.7 years younger than their actual age before surgery, and 8.9 years younger after surgery. The people involved in the study had undergone a various procedures including face and neck lifts, some had also had work carried out on their upper and lower eyelids, and 21 patients had undergone the first two procedures as well as a forehead lift. The authors of the report, which was published in the Facial Plastic Surgery journal, said the results of the study point to a "a modest but significant reduction in perceived age after aesthetic facial surgery". They said: "Although motivations for aesthetic surgery may vary, a prevailing concept includes the desire to achieve a more youthful appearance while maintaining one's unique attributes and identifying characteristics. "Given these expectations, a mean 7.2-year reduction in perceived age is indeed consistent with this goal."