It’s no surprise that the beautiful people of Hollywood feel that they have to undergo facial rejuvenation surgery to keep themselves at the top of their game, but increasingly women and men working in the corporate world are deciding that plastic surgery could be a worthwhile investment of time and money.
Now, a recent study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal proves that going under the knife can make you look younger, healthier and more successful in the eyes of others. An online survey asked hundreds of people to evaluate pictures of women on the criteria of age, attractiveness, success and health, without indicating which ones had undergone a facelift.
Researchers from John Hopkins University in the US found that successful facial rejuvenation surgery wiped four years off their age on average, increased perceived attractiveness and healthiness by 18% and 16% respectively. They also felt that the women looked more successful after a facelift.
The halo effect of a facelift
Facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift has what is called a ‘halo effect’. Attractive individuals are considered to be happier, more successful and even more trustworthy and these positive assumptions actually lead us to treat them better. Numerous studies have linked physical attractiveness to success in the workplace with more attractive employees more likely to be hired, more often promoted and paid more than their less fortunate peers.
Dr Lisa Ishii, the co-author of March’s study, explains that this is the first one to “measure the impact [of a facelift] in an objective way that patients can relate to when they are considering whether or not the procedure is worth it to them”.
How can a facial rejuvenation surgery make you look younger and more dynamic
There are a whole host of changes in the face that take place over time and which combine to make you look and feel older and more tired that you actually are. A facelift can address some of these problems, but in my facial rejuvenation consultations at my Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic we will assess all the ageing concerns you may have and then I can advise you on which procedure or combination of treatments is best for you.
The upper third of the face: as we age, facial tissues start to sag and on the brow, even just a few milimetres of drooping can have a pronounced effect on the face, making you look tired and, in particular, causing the upper eyelids to appear even more hooded. A combination of Botox and a lateral browlift can have a dramatic rejuvenating result. If the loss of elasticity is purely located on the upper and/or lower eyelids, a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift would be the answer, whilst a lateral browlift can be combined to good effect with upper blepharoplasty when both the brow and the eyelid are slack.
Dynamic wrinkles caused by the action of the muscles beneath the skin are mainly located in the upper third of the face. These will not be improved by a surgical procedure, but crow’s feet and frown lines respond very well to Botox.
The mid face: as well as sagging skin and facial muscles, loss of volume in the mid face, is a key ageing giveaway. As well as the cheeks looking flatter and more sunken, it can emphasise the tear trough area under the eye and create folds around the nose and mouth. A conventional facelift, often combined blepharoplasty, sometimes with dermal fillers or fat transfer, can be a highly successful and effective solution to ageing in the mid face.
The lower third: as volume is lost and facial tissues lose elasticity, the jawline and neck area start to look less taut and defined, giving rise to tell-tale jowls and loose, creased skin in the neck. A lower face/necklift can greatly improve the lower third of the face and neck, making you appear younger and more dynamic.
Done well and for the right reasons, facial rejuvenation surgery can help patients feel more self-confident and make them appear more vital and refreshed in an increasingly competitive job market.