Rolling Back The Clock

By Health Day

Story Created: Mar 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM EDT

Story Updated: Mar 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM EDT

5 million cosmetic surgeries in 2011. Nose reshaping, eyelid surgeries, and facelifts were particularly popular. Researchers wanted to find out what kind of results people got for their money.

They included 60 volunteers from 45 to 72 years old – who’d opted to have different types of plastic surgery.

Some had a face and neck lift. Others also had work done on their eyes. And a group had both procedures, plus a forehead lift.

Everyone volunteered for before-and-after pictures. A panel of mostly young people who were all first-year medical students tried to guess the age of each plastic-surgery participant.

Before the surgery, the judges guessed that the participants were about 2 years younger than their actual age. After the surgery, the participants looked nearly 9 years younger than their actual age.

As a result, plastic surgery appeared to turn back the clock by 7.2 years. And surgery seemed to have the biggest age-reducing effect in people who’d opted for all the procedures.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.


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