Does Rhinoplasty Offer an Anti-aging Effect?

Rhinoplasty surgery makes patients appear slightly younger, according to a new study, The Effect of Rhinoplasty on Perceived Age, which is published in the current issue of the Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery.

The rhinoplasty procedure is typically performed to correct the nasal flaws that detract from a person’s appearance. Refinements to the nose can significantly improve facial harmony and balance. Now, an added benefit may be its anti-aging effect.

The Study

In the rhinoplasty study, researchers provided observers with photos of 53 rhinoplasty patients. One photo was taken just prior to the rhinoplasty procedure and the second photo was taken one year after surgery. All of the photos were taken with the same camera, from the same distance, and with the same room lighting.

The rhinoplasty patients whose pictures were involved in the study ranged from age 15 to 61, with an average age of 35. There were 41 female patients and 12 male patients.

The 50 observers were asked to guess the age of each patient. Half of the participants viewed the pre-operative images first, and then viewed the post-surgical images one month later. The other 25 participants viewed the photos in the opposite order.

The Results

On average, the observers indicated that the rhinoplasty patients looked 1.5 years younger in their after pictures. Certain factors did appear to affect the perception of age:

  • Patients that had a dorsal hump reduced looked 1.6 years younger, while patients that did not have a dorsal hump reduced looked 1.1 years younger.
  • The observers indicated that rejuvenation was more evident in older patients than in younger ones.
  • Patients with a greater degree of nasal tip rotation lost more years than other patients.
  • Patients that had a dorsal hump reduction and at least a 10-degree rotation of the nose tip appeared 2.14 years younger.

Although rhinoplasty surgery does not rejuvenate a person’s appearance to the same degree as a facelift, older patients that undergo the procedure can enjoy this added benefit. If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, contact Marin Aesthetics to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Marin.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!