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Do Women Who Have Facelifts Live Longer?

If having plastic surgery could make you live longer, would you take the plunge? Furthermore, is beauty the true key to youth? Here’s the scoop on women having facelifts and longevity, the research behind it, and all the details to help you decide if one is right for you. 

Since I was young, I remember the catchphrase, “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” And while hilarious, it stuck with me. There have been days that I’ve had to drag my butt out of bed and pull myself together for an event, and that catchphrase became my mantra for the day. 

But, if looking good actually added years to my life via plastic surgery, would it be worth it? I started digging around to find the answers to the potential facelift fountain of youth and learned some surprising facts. 

Can a face lift make you live longer?

First, What’s a Facelift?

In a single sentence, a facelift is a surgical procedure that creates a younger-looking face. And while that’s short, sweet, and to the point, the process itself is much more lengthy and intense. 

With the intent of removing sagging skin, cuts are made on either side of the face near the front of each ear, causing two skin flaps. These flaps, along with the tissue underneath, are altered, and the excess skin is removed. The skin is then pulled up to give a more youthful appearance. 

Many times, a neck lift is done in succession with a facelift. Again, it’s to reduce the sagging and folding of excess skin. 

Neither procedure will remove fine wrinkles and sun damage – you’ll need to look into alternatives like laser skin resurfacing for that.

Additionally, there are risks associated with any surgery, and with cosmetic surgery, they include hematomas, scarring, hair loss, skin loss, or nerve injury. And don’t forget to add in healing time and pain. 

I’m truly not trying to be Debbie Downer, but I do want to be forthcoming with the facts. 

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

Pre-facelift procedure

A facelift, when done correctly, can last up to 12 years. Once the signs of aging begin to return, you’ll have to book another appointment with your cosmetic surgeon and go under the knife if you choose to keep up appearances. 

Keep in mind, the more facelifts you have, the more your face will look altered, and you may look unnaturally young. I’m not trying to scare you – again, just giving you the facts. Alright, now that all of the details are out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff.

Facelifts and Living Longer

In the 21st Century, there have been studies to determine if women who have facelifts tend to add years to their lives. The studies have shown that there are findings that suggest that women who do might live up to 10 years longer than women who choose to age naturally. 

In the words of my Millennial-age daughter: Wait, what? And an even better question: why?

The findings were based on a test group of 250 women with an average age of 60 that had facelifts between 1970 and 1975. The average age of death was then compared to the average age of death for all American women. The 250 women in the facelift study lived to be almost 82 years old. The average for all American women at that time? 73.2 years. 

There are two potential reasons for this outcome. First, facelifts can improve self-esteem and body image, highlighting a connection between the mind and body. An overall positive outlook on life can match internal youth with a youthful exterior appearance and improve longevity. 

Second, the women who had facelifts could afford a high out-of-pocket cost, leading to the fact that they could have a better lifestyle with less stress. Additionally, women who choose to have a facelift are, overall, more concerned with their health and make greater efforts to invest in longer lives by eating correctly and exercising.

Active, healthy, fit woman running with her dog in the forest

Should You Get a Facelift to Live Longer?

My research says no. I don’t think there is substantial enough evidence to suggest that a facelift will cause you to live longer. However, if you can get a facelift to enhance your life, you do you! If having a facelift gives back the confidence you’ve been losing each time you look into the mirror, I’m all for it.

As a lady that’s always said she doesn’t plan on aging gracefully, I’d research my risks, and if the benefits outweighed them, I’d do it for sure. 

What it comes down to is finding that inner youth that we all adore and long to revive. Facelifts are just about as personal as you can get, but if you do choose to get one, make sure that you’re doing it for you and you alone.

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