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How Much Does a Full Face Lift Cost?

I'm about to start scheduling consultations for a full face lift, but I'm curious about the range of prices I should expect to hear from surgeons.

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How much does a full facelift cost - View many photos for evidence of surgical expertise

Surgical treatment of facial aging changes must therefore be carefully individualized to match each patient's aesthetic needs and desires. No two 'facelifts', by necessity, are the same. In helping a patient to make decisions about plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation, I always examine and assess how each aesthetic area or 'unit' of the face contributes to an individual's overall appearance: the brows and eyelids, the cheeks or 'midface', the lower face and chin, and the neck. An individualized surgical plan is then developed which addresses each patient's specific concerns and needs.
Therefore, the price of a facelift will depend on exactly what each person needs and the time required to perform surgery. To select a plastic surgeon, take your time researching , visiting websites, view many, many before and after photos and speak to former patients.
Beware of doctors who discount their fees. Discounting the value of professional services, especially surgery, is not good marketing - it is a sign of desperation. The best plastic surgeons are still busy in this contracting economy, and they are not discounting their fees. At the same time, the most expensive surgeon is not necessarily the most talented, so as a consumer you still have to research this carefully. There is much more to consider than just the price in dollars that you pay: is your surgeon actually listening to you, do they truly understand the appearance that you hope to achieve, do you feel that he or she will be easily available and attentive once the surgery has been performed. If you don't have a good feeling, don't stick around to 'save money', go somewhere else.

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Quality for face lift, not savings

I am torn to answer this question. There are surgeons in my neighborhood who charge unbelievably high prices because of the perception that they are better doctors because they charge such heigh prices. But this is not the case - many of these guys are PR machines.

Find a doctor who performs many quality facelifts. Choose two or three doctors and go for consultations. See who understands you and listens to you. Look at there photo books - if they don't show you photos then go find someone who does!

The cost of a facelift will of course depend on the parts done - but the doctors fees can range from $5000 to $15000. More than that and you should look elsewhere unless you feel that paying more always gets you more. In that case, have fun!

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Full Face Lift Cost

Most surgeons refer to Facelift as a procedure that addresses the neck, jawline, jowls, and to some degree the mid-face. This procedure will typically cost $8,000-$20,000 (including anesthesia and facility fees), depending on who you see and what region of the country you are located in. A browlift is a procedure that addresses forehead lines and raises brows, while a Blepharoplasty will remove excess eyelid skin and/or fat. These procedures have additional charges, but most surgeons offer some degree of multiple procedure discount.

As other surgeons have noted on this topic, price of a procedure is important but definitely should be weighted well below the quality and reputation of the surgeon. A prospective patient is going to spend thousands of dollars, regardless of which surgeon is chosen. Patients want a good result, a good experience, and quality care in this process. If a surgeon or company offers a great bargain on a procedure, you can safely assume that shortcuts will be taken in the procedure, the instruction, and/ or the after care of the patient(s) treatment. Since Facelift requires a lot of preoperative explanation, requires several hours in the operating room, and requires a certain degree of healing and recovery time, choose more with wisdom than thrift.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

You get what you pay for. Facelifts, when done correctly, are not inexpensive

Great question.  The lunchtime lift, lifestyle lift or non-invasive facelift is designed to address very small deformities in the jowls.  While these can be effective for a short time, they do not last. Period. A full facelift encorporates a complete re-draping of the skin and repositioning of the deep muscular foundation of the face.  This is an extensive procedure that takes a bit of time to be performed perfectly.  General anesthesia or deep sedation is required and the procedure can sometimes take 4 to 6 hours depending on the extent of deep face suspension that is performed.  Most experienced surgeons will also augment the face with fat transfer...which can add an addition 1-2 hrs to the procedure.  I would expect to pay at least $9,000 to $15,000 depending on the extent, the time and any additional procedures. Experience and Board-certification are of paramount importance. Best of luck. 

Cost and Recovery for Toronto Facelift by #DrMarcDuPere

Thank you for your question about cost for facelift.  


I am a 13-year experienced Toronto plastic surgeon and I trained with Drs Daniel Marchac (facelift) and Gilbert Aiache (nose) in Paris, France and with Dr. Bruce Connell (facelift) in Los Angeles.


They are numerous techniques for #facelift and #necklift depending on your anatomy, your expectations and the surgeon's preferences.  Fo these reasons, costs vary tremendously.  It also varies depending on the experience of your surgeon and the location of the practice. Skin only versus muscle and skin - SMAS facelift - superficial versus deep planes, with or without fat grafting, short scar, MACS and traditional facelift, etc.


When I meet my patients in #Toronto and #Richmond Hill, I go over the pros and cons for those facelift and necklift techniques in details so you have a clear understanding.

Cost for my short-scar skin-only facelift starts at 7500$ whereas cost for the full classic facelift, neck lift and forehead lift, with SMAS and fat grafting, starts at 28000$ + Canadian tax.

Recovery also will be dictated by the type of facelift procedure chosen by your surgeon after your consultation but I tell all my patients to plan between 2 weeks and 4 weeks, on average.Face surgery MUST be performed by an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, who is familiar with the facial anatomy.


I do discuss the SMAS and facelift technique on my blog:


I hope this helps and it would be our pleasure to meet you at Visage Clinic in Toronto and Richmond Hill.


Best regards,


Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto plastic surgeon

Voted TOP plastic surgery Clinic in Toronto for 2013 and 2014

Voted TOP Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto for 2014

Marc DuPere, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Fees for a Facelift, or any Surgery for that Matter.

When you consider any procedure, or if you are wanting a consultation, I would first discuss this with medical professionals you trust.  Word of mouth can be a great way to know where to start.

Once you find a qualified individual, you will know that we have your best interest at heart and will have pricing in line with our experience and outcomes.  Essentially all surgeons should fall within about 20% of one another.  Some variability might occur based on expenses that are related to facilities, anesthesia, etc.

One really great source is by reviewing the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Site.  There is a questionnaire each year and the results are published widely.  This summarizes what is happening in the US and will give the average surgeon's fees for each procedure.

Thanks for the great question!

Todd Hobgood

Todd Christopher Hobgood, MD
Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Face Lift Costs?

In the Minneapolis Metro area facelifts average between $6000 to $12,000 depending on who you are seeing and what needs to be addressed.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Costs of a facelift

I often tell my clients that a full facelift or even a "lower facelift" can be life changing.  The part that I play as the surgeon is only the tip of the iceberg. The postoperative facelift patient has a lighter bounce in their step and a more confident demeanor and attitude. It is truly the only procedure that has this effect so predictably.  Please don't search out the cheapest or most expensive surgeon.  You should go on at least 3 consultations and meet the actual surgeon and look at before and after photos.  You can even ask to speak to a previous patient if you'd like.  The costs should run between $8000-$15000 dollars depending on what procedures you will need. GOod luck in your search!

Nicolette Picerno, MD
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Facelift cost

The cost of a facelift depends on the geographic location, the type of facelift needed, your surgeon's credentials, his revision rate, and your surgeon's experience and reputation. Facelifts can range from $6500-$25000.  Not all facelifts are the same and every person has a different facial anatomy and the approach for a facelift has to be individualized. Many surgeons refer to a Facelift as only the lower part of the face, others include the brow and eyelids as part of their facelift.  

For example, we specialize in Natural Facial Plastic Procedures such as our Natural Facelift and Natural Necklift to provide patients with a natural appearance to their face after surgery. Though our facelift costs are similar to others in our area, we provide and offer different types of lifts than they do. Asking to look at before and after photos may give you an idea of the surgeon's aesthetic judgement and how natural his or her facelift results are. It's a good idea to find 3 plastic surgeons who specialize in facial procedures and visit all three to see who connects with you the most.  Picking the right surgeon the first time around is worth the cost of a well performed facelift.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Cost of a Facelift in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I figured I'd update this question as it is very popular. Obviously there is a wide range of costs depending where you are in the world. In my City, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a facelift can cost anywhere between 6000-12,000 depending on where you do it.  This is a typical cost in this area. 

I've also included an article discussing facelifts that I wrote and what to expect here in Ottawa. 

Dr James P. Bonaparte, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

James Bonaparte, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Ontario Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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