Crown Clinic back in the news
You may have seen Crown Clinic back in the news over the last two weeks.
We wanted to see how growing a beard can age a man.
We showed a panel of 300 people various pictures of celebrities with differing stages of facial hair: clean shaven, stubble, cropped beard, full beard, heavy beard as well as with moustaches and goatees where appropriate.
The panel then had a simple job: tell us how old the star looks.
The survey got lots of national coverage. You can read one of the stories here which was shared 3,000 times on Facebook:
The panel found that, in all cases, a beard DOES make a man look older - the heavier the beard, the more the years.
David Beckham, for instance, was adjudged to look 35 when clean shaven but 40 with a beard.
The beard that most aged a celebrity was Roy Keane's recent heavy beard which drew comparisons with Captain Birdseye!
The panel said that Keane looked 40 when clean shaven - three years younger than his real age - but 50 with his bushy beard.
Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak pointed out that many men struggle to grow a full beard like Roy Keane because they have patches in their facial hair.