A recent study by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a medical journal by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has discovered that people who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking twelve years younger or more after having the procedure performed.
According to the study, after the recovery period, the majority of patients are satisfied with their results. These findings correlate with the facial rejuvenation recommendations for patients who wish to look younger.
The study detailed over 112 patients over the course of five years, from 2002 through 2007. Patients included a group study of 82 women and 11 men with the average age of 57 years.
The patients underwent an interview after seven months following their surgery. Most patients also had other cosmetic surgeries at the time of their facelift, including eyelid and forehead lifts.
Almost 90% of those patients polled, indicated they were very satisfied with their outcomes. Most stated favorable opinions from friends and family after their procedure as well.
Other findings included positive results during the recovery period. Most patients indicated that pain levels were moderate which lasted approximately a little more than a week and only required moderate medication. Most felt that the pain they received was about what they expected.
The average recovery was a little less than a month, with patients resuming normal driving and sleeping habits within two weeks following surgery.
This study has provided important data to the recovery time of a facelift patient. Though, results varied slightly, most patients were highly satisfied with their new looks. They reported a more youthful appearance, an improved self-image and an overall improved quality of life.