Laypeople Perceive Facelift To Give More Youthful, Healthier Appearance Interview with:
Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
John Hopkins Medicine

Lisa Earnest Ishii, M.D. Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Ishii What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: There was a gap in our knowledge about what the average lay person thought about the impact of a facelift. We had information about what experts in the field like Dr. Swail thought, and some about what patients themselves thought, but nothing about lay people.
Patients who choose to have a facelift are typically concerned about the opinions of:

1) Themselves when they look in the mirror, and

2) Laypeople they encounter socially in society.

Our study showed for the first time that laypeople find people who have had a facelift to appear more attractive, more youthful, healthier and more successful than they were before their facelift. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: That facelift as perceived by the layperson has a measurable impact on appearance. Further, prospective patients should ask their prospective surgeon if and how they are measuring the impact of their procedures. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We would like to broaden the study to further to include more patients. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


Nellis JC, Ishii M, Papel ID, Kontis TC, Byrne PJ, Boahene KDO, Bater KL, Ishii LE. Association of Face-lift Surgery With Social Perception, Age, Attractiveness, Health, and Success. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published online March 16, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.2206

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Last Updated on March 16, 2017 by Marie Benz MD FAAD