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Why Does a Face Lift Have to Cost So Much Money?

So many people would love to have this procedure done but they just don't have these kinds of funds. Is there a real reason why it has to be so so very expensive??? I guess you could say it is only for the rich people, and again the heck with the low income and poor people.

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Facelifts are not expensive

People have their priorities when it comes to spending their money. I know people who spend $10 a day on cigarettes which is about $3650 a year. Others may spend $100 a week trying to win the lottery. It all comes down to your own vices. Most of my facelift patients are not rich. They either have saved for years or found a way to finance it. Quality care is not cheap. Operating room fees, anesthesia and surgery is not without cost. It's up to you as to wether it is important enough to make sacrifices in order get something you want badly enough. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. There are many things in life that many of us will never be able to afford.

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon

Low cost facelift!


You can always find a bargain, but what you get is often what you pay for! No where is this more true than in elective cosmetic surgery. Too many doctors take weekend courses in facelifting techniques and think they are then qualified to "practice" on your face. All you need is a severed branch of your facial nerve causing permanent stroke-like paralysis (loss of the ability to smile or close your eyelids, for example) to make you understand that cosmetic surgery is REAL surgery, and best performed by a doctor with full training in plastic surgery and certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Considering what you get for the money you pay, a facelift is a significantly-better investment than a new car. The car can break down, rust out, have any number of mechanical problems, and needs constant upkeep and ongoing investment, and still they wear out after 5 years or so. And most of us pay far more for a much-less reliable piece of machinery multiple times throughout our lives, whereas most patients have one facelift and that's it!

This isn't about being only for "the rich" and saying "the heck" with low income or poor people. Over 1/3 of all plastic surgeons travel to third world countries and perform free cleft lip and palate surgery for the most desperately poor people on our planet (You are "rich" compared to these people, who often walk miles to have their child evaluated for possible reconstructive surgery so they can eat and speak like you), and many others perform charitable works for less-fortunate people here at home.

I'm sorry you feel compelled to complain about this. If wanting was the same as deserving, we would all eat steak, drive Cadillacs, and live in the suburbs. All the men would be strong, the women beautiful, and the children above-average. (credit Garrison Keillor)

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Cost of facelifts, please get three opinions


Facelifts are not too expensive when compared with cosmetic procedures that require significant time in the operating room.  The total cost of a procedure includes the experience level of the surgeon, estimated operating time, and requirements for post-operative care.  The gold standard facelift with platysma work, some fat grafting, and liposuction can usually take around four hours.  There are several regularly scheduled visits for several years after your surgery.  I think you'll find that the cost is minimal in comparison to the importance of your results.

Please get three references prior to surgery.  This will allow you to be very informed about both the science as well as the finances involved.  Patients should find relative agreement among specialists.  Often times patients come for consultations after bargain lifts and there is little that I can do.  Take your time and make sure you are comfortable.

Best wishes,

Dr. Hobgood

Todd Christopher Hobgood, MD
Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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Facelift Expense


One of the main reasons that this procedure is so expensive is the time it takes to perform.  Cost of surgery is usually predicated on time.  The O.R. cost and the cost of an Anesthesiologist are charged per hour.  Because this operation takes a while ,(longer than say a breast augmentation), the costs for time will be higher.  The cost of going to a certified surgery center and having a board certified Anesthesiologist will be more than someone who performs their surgery elsewhere.  Good ideal to visit with at least three board certified surgeons, (Plastic or Otolaryngologist/ENT),  before making your decision.

Jeffrey Roth, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Do facelifts need to be expensive?


The marketplace punishes surgeons who charge too little.  Many people believe that they must pay top dollar to get "the best", and are only satisfied by what they perceive to be the best possible result.  If you can avoid this mentality, you can save some money AND find a surgeon who provides real value.

Consider contacting University plastic surgery departments, as many training programs offer discount surgery performed by Surgical trainees (residents) under supervision by faculty plastic surgeons.

Michael Kreidstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Why Does a Face Lift Have to Cost So Much Money?


If you obtain at least 3 boarded opinions from PSs in your area and the fees are within 20% of each other. Than these are the standard fees for your area. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift cost

Your are right. A good facelift isn't cheap, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune either.  A well done basic facelift should be around $7500.  If you add other things to that it can add up pretty quickly.  For example expect another $4000 to have your upper and lower lids done as well.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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High Cost of Facelifts


Surgical Fees vary greatly across the country and even in the same city. Some surgeons will structure fees to promote themselves to a certain class of people; however, most surgeons try to price it so that it will appeal to the most number of people while covering high costs related to anesthesia and the facility.  If you search well, you may be surprised to find that there are surgeons who may fit your budget as well as deliver the results that you seek.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

A good face lift does cost more


One of the main factors is that you have to make sure you are comparing apples with apples.

For example if a 60 year old woman goes to an experienced face lift surgeon she may receive a shocking face lift estimate of $25-30k but this will include:

Brow lift
Eyelid lift
Facial fat grafting to multiple regions
Deep plane face lift
Neck lift with platysmaplasty

The same woman may go to one of the face lift Mills that advertise on TV and may get a price quote for $5k for a ‘face lift’.  This may seem like a great deal but when you break it down:

Brow lift → not performed
Eyelid lift → not performed
Facial fat grafting → not performed
Deep plane face lift →  not performed (a mini lift performed instead)
Neck lift with platysmaplasty → not performed

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 138 reviews

Facelift - Why Does a Face Lift Have to Cost So Much Money?


Everything is relative, and however accurate this statement may appear to be if you look at what people often spend on vacations, kitchens, cars, entertainment - it may not be as much as it sounds.  Plus, you have to consider the training and experience of the surgeon and anesthesiologist, the costs of the surgical facility, the consultation, the overhead of the surgeon's office.  I'm afraid that this may be the wrong crowd to discuss this with and to expect sympathy!...

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 150 reviews

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