Why do so many face lifts go awry?

Today’s Morning Edition, NPR puts together an unlikely pair of professionals, a physical anthropologist and a plastic surgeon, to understand why stretching the skin may not succeed in conveying youthfulness.

The answer: like skin, face bones are aging.  Descriptors like ” pretty, chiseled, hard and smooth” are used to describe 20-year-old facial skeletons.  “Loss in definition” and “rough in texture” are attached to older facial skeletons.

So — once again this is about definitions of beauty. If beauty could also = a less defined, softer, textured look, maybe the face lift industry would have to the ones to “age out.”

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