Study: Nose jobs make people look younger
Irvine, Calif. — Recently released study results
suggest that rhinoplasty may make a patient look more than a year younger as
well as improve his or her looks.
A research team led by Irvine plastic surgeon Ali Sepehr, M.D.,
had 50 observers look at photos of 53 rhinoplasty patients taken before and a
year after their respective procedures. The researchers instructed the observers
to estimate the ages of the patients, who ranged from 15 to 61 and whose average
age was 35.
HealthDay News reports that the observers’ responses indicated
they thought the rhinoplasty recipients looked 1.5 years younger, on average,
with the more youthful look more evident in older patients than in younger
“The rejuvenating effect of rhinoplasty can now objectively be
listed as one of the benefits of undergoing this procedure,” the researchers
wrote in their study. HealthDay News quotes Dr. Sepehr as saying, “It’s not a
significant effect, as much as a facelift and necklift would do, but it is
Some doctors familiar with the study attribute the more youthful
look not so much to the physical results of the surgery, but to the positive
impact it can have on a patient’s self-image. HealthDay News quotes Seth
Thaller, M.D., chief of the division of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive
surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as saying, “I have
noted a complete change in people’s own self-perception. They frequently feel
better about themselves. They may change their hairstyle, clothing and makeup.
This may in fact also help to make them appear younger or rejuvenated.”
The study appears in the January/February issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic
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