Research gives a new angle on anti-ageing surgery

Wednesday 31st March 2010

New research produced by the University of Rochester Medical Centre is set to change the way that plastic surgeons approach anti-ageing cosmetic facial surgery in future. The interesting research, published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, shows that the shape of facial bones changes naturally with age and can directly cause the face and neck areas to appear significantly older.

The research reveals that the shape and angle of the jaw bone in particular is key to creating and maintaining a youthful appearance. The research shows that the length and angle of the jaw change with age. As the angle of the jaw becomes increasingly less prominent, the jaw line becomes less and less defined leading to a softening of the individual face shape. This softening of the face shape is also coupled with wrinkles and sagging skin that has an ageing effect.

With this in mind, the research suggests that surgeons cannot fully correct the signs of ageing by tightening loose skin and filling wrinkles alone. Instead, the researchers call for a dual approach to anti-ageing that combines skin tightening and bone shaping procedures. Future trends following from the research’s call for a dual approach may include the use of cheek and chin implants that act to uplift and restore a youthful look to the face that is otherwise aged by the natural movement of facial bones.

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