It is fairly normal for facelifts to range in price from around $10,000 to more than $20,000. The best advice is to take the time to seek consultations from the "best of the best" where you live intially and look out of town if you need to. Then you can compare the prices and your experiences. Chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised with what you learn!
Most often I find myself performing a "gold standard" multivector deep plane facelift to improve the cheek fullness, midface, jawline, and neck. It takes longer, costs more and is the best- in my humble opinion! (One that is shared among the best plastic surgeons in the country.)
So how do you find your surgeon?
1.) Volume, volume, and then some. Choose a surgeon who performs as many facelifts per year as possible. Hopefully he or she uses the same team, anesthesiologist, nurses, recovery, and equipment every single time. Practice really can get close to perfect!
2.) Training- Your surgeon should be exceptionally trained. The last several decades really have brought fantastic innovation in facelifting. You can't make up a new way to solve a problem in science...you must study all that has happened to this point and use the best of the best! Board certification is obviously very important BUT NOT ENOUGH INFO! You deserve and can afford a surgeon trained by the world's best!
3.) Attention to detail. This shows in the CV. Look for "best in class" starting in high school and continuing into the surgeon's current practice. Talk to past patients to be sure the surgeon delivers for you. Before and afters are so helpful, but you also can speak with authentic super happy past patients!
4.) Communication style. Self explanatory, right? Your surgeon doesn't go home with you and live with you for your entire life- your facelift does! So although the technical aspects of the outcomes exceed the quality of the relationship with your surgeon, there really are some great people out there performing expert plastic surgery. You deserve it! Honestly the experience can be really pretty great and not scary or painful at all!
In the end, I believe that the cost shouldn't be the lowest or the highest you can find- somewhere in the middle. Feel free to call us if we can help! Do your homework and you'll be so happy with this really amazing surgery!