Alright, I’ve never been one of those people opposed to plastic surgery, or cosmetic surgery. And I will admit to you now,  I’ve been getting Botox in my forehead since I was 38 (now 49) and I’ve had shall we say many IPL laser treatments on my face.  And, let me admit to some filler ( Juvederm , Radiesse , Restylane ) once or twice, and ok a slew of chemical peels too. Wow! Talk about true confessions!

What I try to do is, keep it subtle and I think, I look better with it. But lately, as I mentioned earlier I’m 49 to be 50 in November, I’ve started to notice a few saggy baggy issues that Botox Laser, Filler and Chemical Peels simply wont fix. But, if I only get a 3 year age difference do I want to “go under the knife”?

The report below suggests that 3 years off the clock is all I’m gonna get


Study Suggests Average of 3 Years of Apparent Age Saved After Facial Plastic Surgery, No Consistent Improvement in Attractiveness!

August 13th, 2013

A study suggests that after aesthetic facial plastic surgery the average number of apparent”years saved” (true age minus guessed age) was 3.1 years but there was only an insignificant increase in attractiveness scores, according to a report published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, a JAMA Network publication.

Patients seek out aesthetic facial surgery to look younger and more attractive but there is minimal literature about the effect of the surgery on perceived age and attractiveness, according to the study background.

A. Joshua Zimm, M.D., of the Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York, and colleagues quantitatively evaluated the degree of perceived age change and improvement in attractiveness following surgical procedures.

Independent raters examined preoperative and postoperative photographs of 49 patients who underwent aesthetic facial plastic surgery between July 2006 and July 2010 at a private practice in Toronto, Canada. The photographs were shown to 50 blind raters. Patients in the study ranged in age from 42 to 73 years at the time of surgery with an average age of 57 years.

On average, raters estimated their patients’ ages to be about 2.1 years younger than their chronological age before surgery and 5.2 years younger than their chronological age after surgery. The average overall years saved following surgery was 3.1 years, according to the results. There also was a small and insignificant increase in attractiveness scores in postprocedural photographs, the results indicate.

“In conclusion, the subjective nature of facial rejuvenation surgery presents a challenge in the assessment of successful results,” the study concludes. “Given the limitations of the attractiveness component of this study as described herein, further investigation is warranted to verify these findings.”

Source: Medical News Today

Still planning to look into the (mid-facelift) surgery I’m considering, because why not be informed!

Check out a few before and after photos of mid-facelifts here .

I will keep you posted to any surgery decisions and experiences!

In Health and Happiness,



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