In a new study published online on Thursday in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, researchers found that patients looked only three years younger, as rated by subjects who looked at photos of patients before and after surgery. In addition, while the procedures shaved off a few years, they didn't do much to increase attractiveness and beauty, the findings showed.
Lead author of the study and facial plastic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told the New York Times: "I don't want people to think, ‘Oh, if I get a face-lift, I'll only look three years younger.' This study includes people who just had an eyelift or a brow lift."
Prior 2012 research from the University of Toronto found that a facelift and necklift could take off nine years from your age. The difference in this study, researchers said, is that this research included less extensive procedures, such as eyelid surgery alone. However, patients of anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox were not included.
In this study, 50 subjects rated photos of 49 patients ages 42 to 73 who had undergone facial cosmetic surgery. Subjects were asked to guess the ages of the person in the photo as well as rate their attractiveness on a scale of one to 10. Subjects didn't see the before and after photographs of the same patient.
Most patients were given attractiveness scores between four and six, with no difference between the attractiveness scores before and after the surgery. Subjects rated patients' ages to be about 2.1 years younger, on average, than their actual age before the surgery and 5.2 years younger after surgery -- with an overall difference of 3.1 years.