Hollywood celebrities have known what a recent study has just proven. Facial rejuvenation is most appealing when performed early in the aging process. According to a recent newswise article online, younger patients with “early or minimal signs of facial aging” achieve better results and higher satisfaction rates at least a decade after facelift surgery, according to a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In previous research, older patients with more significant facial aging had lower satisfaction scores and results that varied greatly between patients. In the new study, patients who were less than 50 years of age had higher short-term satisfaction rates as well as long-term satisfaction rates. The study also concluded that the patients maintained a youthful appearance longer as supported by multiple before and after photos. Dr. O’Toole urges patients to begin facial rejuvenation procedures when they first begin to see the signs of aging. These procedures could begin with injectables including BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers. When patients begin to see loose skin along the jawline patients should consider a mini facelift to address the jawline and mid face area. If there is loose skin along the neckline, a full face lift may be a better recommendation. The important thing is that patients realize that the time to consider a facelift is when the skin has the most elasticity, which is when we are younger. When patients have smaller procedures consistently throughout adulthood, the results are not as dramatic; therefore they tend to look more natural as the patient ages. This is quite often seen in Hollywood celebrities who are good examples of plastic surgery. Unfortunately, the celebrities most remembered for plastic surgery are those who have gone overboard and often look overdone. A good rule of thumb to remember when it comes to facial rejuvenation is: if you think you might need to consider facial rejuvenation it doesn’t hurt to ask Dr. O’Toole.
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