How Much is a Facelift?

Are you ready to do something about the wrinkles, fine lines, and deep creases, on your face?  A facelift is still the most effective way to diminish signs of aging and restore a youthful face.  However, most health insurance companies don’t cover the cost of a facelift, so patients have to pay out-of-pocket.  But how much is a facelift? 

How The Face Changes Over Time

The face goes through various changes with each passing year.  The skin becomes less elastic, wrinkles and jowls appear, and volume loss occurs.  These age-related facial changes are often the result of structural shifts beneath the skin that alter the facial muscles, fat, and bones.  A facelift can fix these underlying issues. 

What Is Involved In Facelift Surgery?

A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that addresses signs of aging in the lower face and neck.  

During the procedure, the surgeon will lift sagging skin, remove excess skin, and tighten the muscles in the mid and lower face and neck.

When it comes to facelift surgery, there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that works for every patient.  There are varying facelift surgery techniques that fit different needs and aesthetic goals.  The age of the patient, skin quality, and overall health, are some of the factors that influence the technique used.   

There are also customized facelift procedures like the TLC Premier LiftTM and the TLC Mini Lift.  

The TLC Premier Lift is an innovative procedure that combines a lower SMAS facelift and neck lift with additional procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid lift. 

The SMAS facelift restores a youthful appearance by addressing wrinkles and creases around the nose and mouth, jowls, and loose neck skin.

The SMAS facelift provides natural-looking results because it lifts the underlying muscular structure of the face.  Traditional facelift techniques focused on manipulating the skin without adjusting the underlying muscles.   This focus tends to produce results that look unnatural or give the face a ‘wind-blown’ appearance. 

How Much Is A Facelift?

According to the latest statistics from the American Society Of Plastic Surgeons, the average price of a facelift is $7,467.  However, since a facelift is such a highly customized procedure, the cost is often much higher than the average.   

Factors That Can Affect The Cost Of Facelift Surgery 

  • Expertise Of Your Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgeons with significant experience typically charge more for facelift surgery.  However, it is best to choose an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.

  • Type Of Facelift

There are different facelift procedures, but the cost of a traditional facelift is usually more than a mini-facelift, which is a less extensive procedure. 

  • Anesthesia Fees

Facelift surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedation.  Local anesthesia with oral sedation is a more cost-effective option. 

  • Geographic Location

The cost of facelift surgery varies depending on the region of the country in which you live.  Surgery is usually more expensive in densely populated urban areas than in sparsely populated rural towns. 

Financing Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is not usually covered by health insurance, so patients have to pay for it in full.   However, there are financing companies like CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit that provide financing for elective cosmetic procedures.  As a result, patients can have their facelift done and then pay for it over time by making affordable monthly payments. 

Are you ready to refresh your face with a facelift?   Schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon for an accurate cost estimate.   An experienced surgeon can help you achieve the refreshed, youthful look you desire. 

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