Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
After a “significant” recovery period, the vast majority of patients undergoing facelift surgery are satisfied with their results, according to the study by Eric Swanson, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon in private practice in Leawood, Kansas. “These findings support the recommendation of surgical facial rejuvenation to patients who wish to look younger,” Dr. Swanson writes.
For Most Patients, Facelift Improves Appearance and Quality of Life
Dr. Swanson performed a detailed analysis of the outcomes in 122 patients who had a facelift between 2002 and 2007. The patients were 82 women and 11 men, average age 57 years. The patients were interviewed an average of seven months after their operation. Most had other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, such as forehead lift and/or eyelid surgery, at the same time as their facelift.
The patients were highly satisfied with their results. The “average subjective reduction in apparent age” was 11.9 years, with a range of 0 to 27½ years. Ninety-seven percent of patients said the results met their expectations. Forty percent rated the results even better than expected.