Do Mini Facelifts Cost Less?
- Asked by Dlite in California
- 3 years ago
I realize that many of the doctors here hold the heavily advertised mini facelifts in low regard, and I'm not referring to them specifically. I am thinking about a patient that is just starting to age who nevertheless wants more lifting and tucking than injectables can provide.
Are facelifts something that is so involved that even if there is less to do on a patient that is just starting to show age than a more advanced case, the price remains the same?
Mini FaceLifts cost between $6000-8500 under local anesthesia.
Mini Facelifts are very popular and make a significant difference if done thoroughly and run between $6000-8500 under local anesthesia with less downtime and risks than a full facelift. Sincerely,
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Mini facelifts cost less and are just enough for some patients
The mini- facelift is typically a short scar facelift that is designed to address aging or sagging jowls. The extent of the surgery, including the undermining of the skin and deep layers of tissue in the face tends to be less aggressive than a typical facelift. This translates into decrease in surgical time and likely a decrease in cost than what a typical facelift which will address the neck, jowls, and occasionally the midface would cost. Be aware, however, that the procedure will not provide changes to your neck and the results may not be as long lasting as you may experience with a full facelift.
Mini-Facelift vs Full Facelift
Not all "mini-facelifts" are created equally. In general, a mini-facelift is designed to lift the cheeks and correct jowl deformities at the jawline. A well done mini-facelift will also include a SMAS lift to tighten the cheek muscles. A mini-facelift will not include surgical alteration of the neck tissues beneath the chin, and will not require incisions in this area. In addition, the mini-facelift incisions behind the ear are much shorter, and less surgical work is involved than with a full facelift (which includes a neck-lift). Therefore, surgeon's fees for mini-facelifts are lower than for full facelifts.
Also, less time is spent in the operating room and therefore less anesthesia time is required, so those fees are reduced as well. Be VERY careful, however, to avoid the gimmicky facelift short-cut procedures which are marketed as "lifestyle lift", "thread lift", etc, etc. These rely on suspension of the tissues with artificial materials rather than true repositioning done in a facelift or mini-facelift. Not only are the results of these procedures short lived (think one, maybe two years), but the artificial materials placed in the facial tissues can lead to serious problems down the road.
Mini Facelifts Cost Less Than Full Facelifts, However Lesser Procedures Are Associated With Lesser Results
The cost for any type of facelift will vary from doctor to doctor and geographic location to geographic location. Additionally, there are many different techniques utilized in the performance of a facelift. One would expect that a less invasive procedure, which requires less time in the operating room, to cost less than a more invasive procedure which takes longer to perform. It is important to remember that lesser procedures are normally associated with lesser results. It is very important that you consult a well-trained experienced, Board-certified plastic surgeon if you are considering this type of surgery. It is very important that your surgeon fully understands your personal goals and helps you decide which procedure is best for you.
Smaller Needs + Less surgery needed + Lower costs = Happy patients with many referrals
If all you need is subtle results in one or two specific areas, then the price of the Mini Lift you are having should reflect that. In a previous post I went over what factors go into the cost of a Mini Lift and one of the factors is how much works needs to be done.
An experienced, ethical and busy surgeon will price out Mini Lifts with this formula in mind:
Smaller Needs + Less surgery needed + Lower costs = Happy patients with many referrals. A win-win for both surgeons and patients.
Mini Face Lift - Often Great Results for Less Cost in a Plastic Surgeon's Hands
Mini Face Lift procedures often lead to Great Results for Less Cost in a Plastic Surgeon's Hands. Because there is less surgery time the Surgeon's cost, OR costs are less not to mention the recovery time. Please beware, not all mini-facelifts are the same and most important is finding the best plastic surgeon with the most experience. Skill, Training, and Experience are critical.
Mini Lifts should always cost less than a Face lift
It is nice to get a soft ball question like this one once in a while. I agree that technicaaly the mini may be the more challenging operation to perfom flawlwssly, but we charge usually based on the time of the procedure. Clearly adding the neck dissection and additional incisions will add time to the case. Adding time to the case, will add money to the bottom line.
Mini Facelifts Cost Less?
Generally speaking mini facelifts cost less than a full facelift. Mini facelifts cost less but they also take less time. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get a consultation with a qualified surgeon and he will advise you as to the best surgical procedure for you. There would be nothing worse than to get a minilift and not achieve the results that you wanted because you really needed a full facelift.
Mini lifts definitely cost much less. My general rule is the mini is about half of the full lift but gives 90 percent of the result. Good luck, Nasim Huq
Minilft cost vary
This subject has been very well covered and I can add little. I would ,however, say that if , at earlier signs of aging, a lesser amount of work might be indicated the cost should be proportionately less. The definition of a minilft that I use is that of a facelift with a shorter flap dissection than what what be used for someone with greater aging changes. So much of this this determination of technique and cost is up to the judgement and experience of your surgeon.
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