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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Apr;139(4):839-845. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003164.

Validating Facial Aesthetic Surgery Results with the FACE-Q.

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San Francisco, Calif.; and Basel, Switzerland From Toth Plastic Surgery; and the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Basel.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In aesthetic clinical practice, surgical outcome is best measured by patient satisfaction and quality of life. For many years, there has been a lack of validated questionnaires. Recently, the FACE-Q was introduced, and the authors present the largest series of face-lift patients evaluated by the FACE-Q with the longest follow-up to date.

METHODS:

Two hundred consecutive patients were identified who underwent high-superficial musculoaponeurotic system face lifts, with or without additional facial rejuvenation procedures, between January of 2005 and January of 2015. Patients were sent eight FACE-Q scales and were asked to answer questions with regard to their satisfaction. Rank analysis of covariance was used to compare different subgroups.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 38 percent. Combination of face lift with other procedures resulted in higher satisfaction than face lift alone (p < 0.05). Patients who underwent lipofilling as part of their face lift showed higher satisfaction than patients without lipofilling in three subscales (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Facial rejuvenation surgery, combining a high-superficial musculoaponeurotic system face lift with lipofilling and/or other facial rejuvenation procedures, resulted in a high level of patient satisfaction. The authors recommend the implementation of the FACE-Q by physicians involved in aesthetic facial surgery, to validate their clinical outcomes from a patient's perspective.

PMID:
28002252
DOI:
10.1097/PRS.0000000000003164
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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