Cost is one of the biggest variables in all facelift procedures. There is no set fee when it comes to these types of surgeries, and the reasons for this are as extensive as some of the price differences between practices.
So, what contributes to facelift surgery costs? Read on to learn more.
As you would expect, some plastic surgeons have more training and experience than others. In essence, they are more of a specialist. While a higher cost does not necessarily mean you are going to get better results, it is often an indication of a skilled and experienced surgeon.
Every surgeon charges a different fee for their specific services. You will need to discuss this with them. In the end, however, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who you feel comfortable with and confident in. It is never wise to choose a surgeon simply because they are offering a better deal.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for facelift surgery is $8,005.
Some plastic surgeons choose to perform facelift surgery in a hospital; others choose to perform this in their own surgical center.
There are pros and cons to both.
In a hospital, you may pay higher fees and have more limited time frames because emergency surgeries will always take precedence. That being said, you will be in a hospital in case there are any unforeseen complications.
Most surgery centers are outfitting with everything needed for a safe plastic surgery. In addition, because these facilities are often run by your surgeon and are only used for plastic surgery, you may have an easier time scheduling, have a lower facility fee (since there is overhead cost from the hospital), and more privacy.
Most plastic surgery procedures require general anesthesia. This means that you will need an anesthesiologist to administer the drugs and be present to monitor your vitals throughout the entire operation.
While it may seem unfair, your geographical location does play a role. Between availability to competition to average household incomes in a given area, the cost will vary from location to location. This is one of the reasons many people consider traveling for plastic surgery.
Extent of the Procedure
There are different levels of facelift surgery and different techniques available. Some minor corrections (like a mini facelift) will cost less than more comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedures (SMAS facelift, deep plane facelift, etc).
Many women and men choose to combine their facelift with other cosmetic enhancements to ensure facial balance and natural-looking results.
Common surgical combinations include eyelid surgery, brow lift surgery, facial fat grafting, and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). In most cases, these surgeries can be performed at the same time as a facelift to minimize some of the above fees, like facility and anesthesia costs; however, these will all have separate surgeon’s fees.
Facelift surgery does wonders when tasked with tightening facial tissues and skin; however, it doesn’t do too much for improving skin tone and texture. Because of this, many patients choose to follow-up their facelift with non-surgical options like laser resurfacing, microneedling, chemical peels, etc.
It is important to understand that non-surgical procedures cannot be safely performed at the same time as a facelift, and you will have to wait until after you have healed from your surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery Cost
Does insurance cover facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery is elective. Therefore, insurance will not cover the cost.
Can I finance my procedure?
Most plastic surgeons offer financing options to help make your dream facelift a reality. There are several plastic surgery financing companies around, the most well-known being CareCredit®. This medical credit card can be used for all aesthetic procedures and comes with low-interest financing.
Be sure to ask your prospective surgeon about their financing options. Some surgeons even finance in house!
How can I learn my exact facelift cost?
Due to the above factors, including additional fees like pre-surgical tests and post-operative appointments and dressings, there is no way to estimate the cost of your facelift without a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Once your surgeon has had a chance to evaluate your needs, they will then be able to provide you with a cost estimate that is specific to their practice.
Some plastic surgeons offer free consultations; others charge a consultation fee, which is almost always deducted from your final amount should you choose their services.