contemplating getting a lower facelift but wondering price ranges
How Much Does a Lower Face Lift Cost?
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Cost of a Lower Facelift
This is a tricky question, because not all facelifts are created equally. A limited lower facelift performed under local anesthesia or in the office will be significantly less expensive than a more complete procedure performed in a surgery center. In the San Francisco Bay Area, surgeon fees for a facelift range from $8000 to over $30,000. As others have said, however, cost should not be your first or only consideration. You should select a qualified, board-certified surgeon, who understands your concerns and goals.
How much does a lower facelift cost?
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.
Prices vary widely
Depending on the area you live and on the reputation of the surgeon you go to, the prices for a cheek and neck lift will vary widely. For high quality surgery you could spend between $8,000 and $25,000. Don't base your final decision on whom to go to on price alone. You don't need to go to the very highest priced surgeon to get great results but you certainly won't get the best surgery from the lowest priced doctors.
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$ 7000-$ 10,000
You should start with a consultation and take it from there.
Face lifting costs
I will echo many of the other sugeons answers on this topic and say that there can be a very wide price range depending upon the procedures performed, type of anesthesia, and if overnight stay in a hospital is recommended. Price is obviously a very important factor when deciding if surgery is right for you, but please do not use price as the sole factor in determining your plastic surgeon- many surgeons are significantly less expensive for a reason. In many cases, they either are new to the cosmetic side of plastic surgery and do not have many facial cosmetic patients, or they are in dire need of revenue and cannot afford to lose your case.
I would recommend visits with three board certified cosmetic plastic surgeons in your area. They will likely have differing opinions about what would be best- a normal occurrence. Believe it or not, I would also ask your hair stylist about what they have heard (or seen in the scalp!!) of their clients. Then narrow your choices down to two surgeons. Call their offices and ask a few questions to see how responsive they are to your inquiries- a good office staff is almost as vital as a good surgeon when undergoing a cosmetic procedure. You will be spending a lot of time with the staff as well as the surgeon so you need to be sure they can address you needs in a timely manner.
Doing the above should certainly allow you to make a more informed decision about your surgeon. This is your face, and you should choose someone who is not only an excellent surgeon, but an approachable person with whom you can feel comfortable talking.
I hope this helps
Lower facelift pricing
The thing about facelift procedures is that they are individualized to patient need so the prices can vary, unlike breast augmentation, for example, which has a consistent price. In my practice in New York, a lower facelift would start at $7000 including anesthesia and facility fees. I would caution patients against fly-in/fly-out doctors at corporate practices with heavy marketing exposure. Many of these physicians are not board certified, not plastic surgeons and are trained to perform operations about which they know very little. Worse yet, since they don't have a full body of knowledge in cosmetic surgery, they perform the same operation on everyone, whether or not it is appropriate. You will get a much better assessment of what procedure is right for you by seeing an independent, board certified plastic surgeon in private practice. Good luck to you!
To ensure quality work at most cost effective prices, consult with board certified plastic surgeons that own their own nationally accredited facilities. These surgeons must maintain the highest standards to keep accreditation. Moreover, the surgeons are motivated to ensure quality and properly trained staff (to minimize time and frustration in surgery), private and comfortable facilities (to ensure continued referrals), and less waste (to ensure that they can remain competitive financially with other centers).
Consult with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.
This is a tricky situation, this surgery can be very effective but you must be a good candidate for it. The decision shouldn't be made by pricing alone but cost is always an issue. You'll find that there are companies that 'fast-track' people in and out of their office for low cost lower facelifts. Most times, those offices aren't board certified plastic surgeons. The surgeries typically look good for the first few months to two years but then the results sag and stretch, the scars widen and wrinkles are oriented in an unusual direction giving the odd, operated looks that you see so often out of hollywood. The reason for it is that lower facelifts can be done very quickly with minimal recovery since not much is done but skin stretching. The skin makes everything look tight...until it fails. Skin has no strength and it will fail.
This is why we do lower face and neck lifts that are more involved than just skin. The deeper structures must be tightened first, then the skin may or may not need to be tightened but it typically sits there in it's new location once the lower face is lifted and some of the extra slack needs to be removed.
Cost varies by surgeon, by geography, by experience, by location, by anesthetic, surgery center, etcetera. You can find this surgery around $8000 just about anywhere. If it's much cheaper. Buyer beware, there's a reason it is so much cheaper than average market value.
The Approximate Cost of a Facelift
Secondly, your procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. I suggest you view before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.
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