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Comment & Response
Mar/Apr 2016

Use of FACE-Q to Measure Quality of Life Following Aesthetic Facial Treatments—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery, New York, New York
  • 2Acadian Facial Plastic Surgery, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 3Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(2):149. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0004

In Reply We are writing regarding our recent study that evaluates the effect of face-lift surgery on self-esteem.1 We appreciate the constructive criticism of Klassen et al,2 but disagree with the conclusions.

Klassen et al2 highlight the importance of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in aesthetic surgery and discuss the strengths of the FACE-Q in that respect. The FACE-Q has wide applicability in assessing the aesthetic patient; however, our study does not evaluate facial appearance, adverse effects, patient experience, or “other quality-of-life measurements” that are not self-esteem. Our study evaluates just self-esteem.