Although plastic surgery can benefit individuals with severe deformities as a result of injury or illness, most people opt to go under the knife for purely cosmetic reasons. As various procedures, such as face lifts, Botox injections, or liposuction, have grown in popularity, there is still uncertainty among the larger public of what benefits one can expect.
A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Facial Plastic Surgery
, consulted a panel of plastic surgery experts from Manhattan. The panel evaluated 49 patients who underwent various facial procedures. Panellists were not presented before and after pictures side by side but had to use their best medical judgment to estimate the age of those in the photographs.
When evaluating the ‘after’ pictures, the panellists estimated that plastic surgery generally removes about three years or so. While this revelation may not be what some patients wanted to hear, it is a step in the right direction for giving patients realistic expectations.