Both men and women in their 40s and 60s---and beyond---elect to have face-lift surgery. Because there are differing types of face lifts, the overall cost varies depending on the extent of the procedure, the qualifications and experience of the plastic surgeon, the type of facility where the surgery is performed, and the geographic location of the hospital or outpatient surgery center. You can estimate the final cost more accurately once you meet with a cosmetic surgeon. She will examine you and develop an estimate based on the cost of the chosen procedure.
A cosmetic surgeon's fee to do a facelift typically averages between $5,000 and $6,000. However, there are other costs involved, and in some cases, these can increase the total cost of facelift surgery to as much as $25,000. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the average cost of a facelift varies depending on the region of the United States. According to a recent ASAPS survey, face lifts are the least expensive in the Middle Atlantic states, and north-central and south-central states, but more expensive in New England.
The cost of most face lifts will include an anesthesia fee of roughly $1,300 along with hospital fees ranging from $500 to $2,000. These costs are in addition to the surgeon's fee. You may also be billed for initial testing and post-operative follow-up care, as well as for the cost of medications. Because a face lift does not get rid of scars or other skin problems, some patients opt to have other elective procedures dome at the same time as the face lift. These extras can add thousands of dollars to the total cost of the procedure.
In most cases, minor face-lift procedures cost anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000, but having more-extensive surgery can quickly ratchet up the cost. For example, individuals often decide to have neck lifts performed at the same time, increasing the cost of the procedure by $4,000 to $7,500. Other extras that patients frequently elect to have done at the same time as the face lift include eyelid or brow-lift surgery and microdermabrasion.
Less Expensive Alternatives
A "mini face lift" is less expensive than a standard face lift. These typically range in cost from $2,000 to $6,500, and this procedure costs about half the price of a standard face lift because it targets only certain areas of the face. Because a mini face lift is less invasive, no anesthesia is required and less time is involved in performing the surgery. Yet the procedure can still reduce sagging skin around the cheeks, jaw line and neck. Although the cost of the procedure varies, the average price tends to be about $5,000.
More Extensive Surgery
Mid and lower face lifts involve more complex surgery, and therefore, cost more that mini face lifts. While the average cost in most regions is $7,000, these procedures are still less expensive options than a traditional face lift, which can cost $15,000 and up.
If you suffer complications related to a face lift, there is the chance that you might need additional surgery. Any corrective surgery will cost you more money, perhaps even more than the original procedure.
Many people do not consider cosmetic plastic surgery because of the cost, but there are a number of plastic surgeons who offer financing plans and other payment options. These alternatives allow individuals to pay for the surgery on a payment schedule that fits their budget. There are different plans available that offer options such as no money down, no interest or no prepayment penalties for paying off the balance early.