A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto and the NorthShore University Health System in Illinois shows that facial rejuvenation surgery takes off an average of seven years. Sixty first-year medical students were show photos of facelift patients and asked to guess their ages. 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 grouped patients together by procedures: Group one were face and neck lift patients, group two had undergone a face and neck lift and upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and group three had had a face and neck lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, and a forehead lift. The perceived difference in age was larger for patients who had undergone more procedures. This study is one of the first to quantitatively and objectively study the impact of facial rejuvenation surgery on perceived age.
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