Plastic surgery really CAN make you look 10 years younger, reveal scientists
The more operations a patient had, the younger they were perceived to be

Viewers watching the reality show 10 Years Younger may have put down the participants' image overhaul down to clever lighting and camera work.

But now scientists have revealed having the odd nip and tuck really could shave nearly a decade off your age.

Scientists from the University of Toronto asked 40 medical students to guess the age of 60 patients from photographs taken before and after facial plastic surgery.

Rejuvenated Patients looked 8.9 years younger on average following cosmetic surgery

Rejuvenated Patients looked 8.9 years younger on average following cosmetic surgery

The students guessed the participants were 1.7 years younger than they actually were before they had any work done. However, they said they looked on average 8.9 years younger after treatment.

The team, led by Dr Nitin Chauhan, said the treatments had a cumulative effect.

Writing in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, they said: 'This effect is more substantial when the number of surgical procedures is increased.'

The study found those who only had a 'face and neck lift' turned back the clock by 5.7 years. However, those who had eyelid work were perceived to be 7.5 years younger, and this increased to 8.5 years if they had a forehead life as well.

The authors said this effect was unrelated to the age of the patient before surgery and that the results were consistent.

It seems to put paid to critics who have claimed plastic surgery can actually have an aging effect, citing celebrities like the U.S comedian Joan Rivers who has been described as sporting a 'wind-tunnel' look.

The authors said their study supported anecdotal evidence in the industry – namely, that 'facial rejuvenation' works and that
success is best measured by the perceptions of others.

Youthful Comedian Joan Rivers, pictured at a New York gala in November 2011, has had more than 700 operations according to The Daily Telegraph in Australia

Youthful Comedian Joan Rivers, pictured at a New York gala in November 2011, has had more than 700 operations according to The Daily Telegraph in Australia

They hoped the findings would help doctors give patients realistic expectations before they plumped for surgery as it was such a subjective field.

Plastic surgery is far more popular among women than men in the UK. Figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgenos (BAAPs) released in January revealed 4,355 women had face and neck lifts in 2011 compared to just 268 men.

However, the popularity of cosmetic surgery is increasing for both sexes, with 4.5 per cent extra facial operations taking place last year compared to 2008.

The gender divide was reflected in the U.S survey, where the group of patients was made up of 53 women and seven men.

The
patients, chosen at random, had each undergone
between one and three procedures between 2005 and 2008 – 22 had a face and neck lift, 17 had an eyelid lift as well and a further 22 had both procedures alongside a forehead lift.

The students were split into four groups of 10 and were each assigned 30 photographs, which were a random mix of pre and post operative shots.

The authors said their study raised further questions such as how far can people turn the clock back without resorting to the scalpel and is it possible to quantify what 'looking good for your age' really means.