Facelift Study Finds Patients Look 12 Years Younger

For Most Patients, Facelift Improves Appearance and Quality of Life

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 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

In a detailed analysis of the outcomes in 122 patients, the patients were highly satisfied with their results. Ninety-seven percent of patients said the results met their expectations. Forty percent rated the results even better than expected. Nearly 90 percent of patients said they had received positive reactions from other people regarding their new appearance, while only seven percent reported negative reactions. More than 80 percent of patients reported improved self-esteem, and 70 percent reported improved quality of life. Just over one-third of patients reported some type of complication, although these were mainly temporary problems (for example, dry eyes). Just two percent were unhappy with their scars.

The Recovery Process

On a scale of 1 to 10, the average pain rating was 5. Pain lasted an average of ten days, with six days on prescription pain medications. Most patients felt that pain was about what they expected or less. Recovery was fairly prolonged, with an average of 24 days off work. Patients resumed driving after about two weeks and were able to sleep comfortably again after about two-and-a-half weeks. Patients said it took about one month before they looked “presentable” in public and two-and-a-half months before they were “back to normal.”

Study results help inform patients

The results will be useful in counseling patients on what to expect before facelift surgery. Well-informed patients are more likely to be satisfied.

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