A Facelift May Live More Than Ten Years Longer
A Mayo Clinic study suggests that women who have a facelift may live more than ten years longer than those not having a lift. The study was presented at a meeting in New York sponsored by the 1900-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The meeting showcased research by young plastic surgeons in accredited residency or fellowship programs.
The study involved 250 female patients who had facelifts from 1975 to 1980. The average age at the time of surgery was 60.4 years. Death from any cause was treated as the end point, and survival was compared graphically and statistically with life tables for the female United States population.
“Obviously, this interesting analysis does not claim to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between having a facelift and living longer,” says Mark Jewell, MD, chair of ASAPS Communications. “However, other studies have shown that patients who have a facelift generally have a greater-than-average commitment to maintaining their overall health and fitness. That can easily translate into living longer.”
The study’s authors, Lane F. Smith, MD, and Stephan J. Finical, MD, say that enhanced “self-esteem and life optimism,” proven benefits of cosmetic surgery, may also contribute to longevity.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.