Those who had undergone a nose job looked 1.5 years younger on average, with the youthful benefits more evident for older patients than younger ones. "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.
Sepehr put it this way: "It's not a significant effect, as much as a face lift and neck lift would do, but it is something."
The particular procedure also influenced the degree of change. Regardless of age, patients who had a dorsal hump -- the hump on the bridge of the nose -- reduced, and patients with a greater degree of nasal tip rotation appeared to lose more years than other patients.
Thaller agreed with Olding that nose jobs can have a significant effect on patients. "I have noted a complete change in people's own self-perception. They frequently feel better about themselves. They may change their hair style, 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 Surgery.
For more about rhinoplasty, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: Ali Sepehr, M.D., facial plastic surgeon, OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Irvine, Calif.; Seth Thaller, M.D., professor and chief, division of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami; Michael Olding, M.D., chief, plastic surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington D.C.; Janu
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