Could a nip and tuck help keep your brain as youthful as your newly rearranged face?

It sounds absurd, yet that’s just what a leading U. S.plastic surgeon is suggesting.

In a paper published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Dr Foad Nahai, a professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, suggests that seeing a younger face in the mirror can boost self-esteem, and this in turn may have a regenerating effect on the body.

Citing studies that show negative attitudes to ageing seem to increase a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s, Dr Nahai says: ‘A growing body of scientific evidence supports the notion that an individual’s attitudes to ageing and personal appearance could have profound effects upon physical and mental well-being.