From face-lifts to facials and fillers, there’s no shortage of ways to reduce the inevitable signs of aging.
But there’s one cosmetic procedure that most people don’t think about as a tool that can make women look years younger.
In a new study, researchers found that rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, may make a woman look years younger.
The research was conducted by a team at UCLA.
Rhinoplasty involves making structural changes to the bone and cartilage through small incisions inside the nose and when necessary around the nostril, all while a patient is under general anesthesia.
It is widely recognized as a facial beautification procedure, but it isn’t commonly known for its anti-aging effects.
In the study, the researchers used the technology to study before-and-after photos of 100 female patients, ages 16 to 72, all of whom underwent rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons.
At 12 or more weeks later, standardized photographs were analyzed with AI technology, which estimates a person’s age by cropping the face from a photograph and then extracting a prediction through an algorithm.
The team found the results were even more dramatic in women over 40, some of whom were estimated to look seven years younger after rhinoplasty.
However, because the sample size of the 40-plus group was small (25 women), the researchers said further studies need to be done to validate the results.
The team says the nose is not usually a focus of anti-aging treatment. However, like other features of the body, the human nose, which is made up of soft tissue, cartilage and bone, also ages.
The nose is also affected when other features of the face age. By refining the nose, the youthful appearance of the entire face can be refined.
The lead author of the study is Dr. Robert Dorfman, a resident physician in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The study is published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
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