Thursday, February 24, 2011


I guess its hard to note an operation that is subjective. When we say beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess with facelifts that is true. A plastic surgeon in Leawood, Kansas wanted to measure the outcome of patients undergoing facelift surgery. Dr. Eric Swanson studied 82 women and 11 men with an average age was 57. Many patients also underwent additional procedures such as eyelid lifts, brow lifts and the like. Interviews were conducted about 7 months after their surgery.

A whopping 97% said the results meet their expectations. Expected outcomes are hard to gage. One reason I may elect NOT to do surgery on a patient is if I believe their expectations exceed what I can deliver. Dr. Swanson also tried to "quantify" in years how much younger his patients looked, and the magic number was... 12 years. That's great! The end result in facelift surgeries depends on the degree of deformity and also the quality of the skin and underlying soft tissue. Someone with significant sun damage may have a "wow" dramatic result but may NOT have a lot of longevity because the skin has lost so much elasticity. None the less, almost 90% of Dr. Swanson's patients experienced "positive reactions" to their surgery. More than 80% had experienced an improvement in their self esteem and, 70% had an increase in their quality of life. Only 2% of patients were unhappy with their scars. In the end all that matters to me is that you my patients are happy.

To view before and after photos of facelifts performed by Dr. Robert J. Brueck M.D. FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Fort Myers, Florida please visit his website at



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