In a study published in the 2012 January/February edition of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, researchers found that rhinoplasty surgery affects the perceived age of patients—making them look younger. Most patients see nose surgery as a procedure for patients ranging in age from late teens to their 60s. While rhinoplasty does help restore function and aesthetics to the nose, this new research development shows it can also serve as an anti-aging procedure.
As we age our bone density decreases, which is one reason our facial features can appear more sunken or droopy the older we get. The same process takes place in the structures of the nose. The supporting structures weaken as we age resulting in nasal tip sagging which makes the bridge of the nose look more protrusive giving the appearance of a hump in the nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery, whether in adults looking to regain their youth or in those hoping to breathe more easily, works to both maintain and/or restore function while reshaping the nose to better harmonize with other facial features. The overall procedure inherently helps to improve the appearance of those who may be experiencing the “characteristics of the senile nose” as the article describes them.
In the study, a private facial plastic surgery practice reviewed the standardized before and after pictures of 53 rhinoplasty patients who were 1 year post-op. Fifty participants were asked to estimate and rate the age of the individuals in each picture. The rating group was split in two and shown the before and after images at least one month apart. One was shown the before images first, the after images later; the pictures were shown in reverse order to the other group.
The results of the survey show that the average rhinoplasty patient looks almost 2 years younger after surgery. Some patients were rated as looking up to four years younger. After further analysis, researchers found that the smoothing of the dorsal hump, or the bump on the bridge of the nose, helped patients achieve an even more youthful appearance.
While rhinoplasty often isn’t the first procedure to come to mind when considering plastic surgery for anti-aging, it can be part of a larger treatment plan to help patients achieve a younger-looking aesthetic. For more information on rhinoplasty surgery or other anti-aging procedures, contact our office. You can stay up to date on the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.