How long to heal and how much does it cost? For Facelift (lower)?

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Lower Facelift Healing and Cost?

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Thank you for your question.  The lower facelift procedure I use 'Concept Facelift' used techniques which allows patients to have significantly reduced recovery time.  I would advise 5-7 days for 90% of any swelling or bruising to go down.  The cost of my Concept Facelift is £6,000

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The Approximate Cost of a Facelift

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The #price of a #Facelift is always a concern when deciding whether or not to have a cosmetic procedure. Patients’ needs and goals vary, so there is no fixed price for a facelift. The contributing factors to the cost of a facelift include the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, medication cost and the anesthesia fee. Estimated fees may also be found here on Real Self, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website,, or
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.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Lower Facelift: How Long to heal and how much does it cost?

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Thank you for your question. Bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient but at two weeks most patients feel and look well enough to return to work.  We usually restrict strenuous activities such as running for up to 4 weeks.  If you could post some photos we can give you an idea of cost as it really depends on what you need.

Glynn Bolitho, PhD, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Facelift: How long to heal and how much does it cost

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In most cases a formal lower face and neck lift require about two weeks off. You can get back to fairly normal activity after a week but there will still be signs of healing and the final results will take many weeks. There are some mini lift options for those patients in a younger age group that dont have a lot of extra skin and the recovery is quicker for these. The cost really depends on the type of facelift and the method of anesthesia chosen by the patient. 

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

Full face and neck lift: usually ten to 14 days healing time. Then, patients resume normal activities, like strenuous exercise.

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Dear Tom66;

What one needs is the biggest decision. Is there so much jowling, sagging along the neck jaw line and so much extra skin that it is absolutely essential to remove the extra skin?

Then, one has to essentially have a lower face lift and aggressive neck sculpturing.You would have removal of the skin if there is a lot.That would be done through incisions around the ears. For some who do not have too much in the way of jowling -- and have tight skin along the jaw line and neck -- a neck lift or neck sculpture procedure may be adequate.

That's done through a horizontal, under-the-chin incision; all the work is then done through that portal. But it has its limitations.

Surgeons cannot really do any work on the cheeks, but they can sculpt the neck and jaw line to a reasonable degree. They can also remove the deep fat in the neck and tighten the platysma muscle. However, the skin must be of such quality that it “snaps back” after the contents under the skin have been removed.

You do need to have a good consultation and to do your cosmetic surgery homework.

The more before surgery consultations you go to, the more you’ll learn about your procedure. Prepare a list of questions beforehand and take notes as the surgeon talks. In the best practices, no interruptions should take place. And, you should be spending more time with the surgeon than with the office administrative staff. You should not feel rushed or that you are on a consultation conveyer belt.

Take a friend or relative along as two brains are always better than one in gaining information and understanding. If you hear a medical term you don’t understand, ask the surgeon to explain it in plain English. Ask yourself two key questions: “Is this surgeon teaching or selling?” And, can I put my life and my face into this particular doctor’s hands? Can I trust him?”

The cosmeic surgery homework time you spend will be worth it. You want to do cosmetic facial surgery right – the first time. The most critical element of the process is surgeon selection. Ideally, you want a board-certified surgeon, in either plastic surgery or head & neck surgery fellowship trained, who is highly focused on the procedure(s) you want, who performs them at least weekly and who has been in practice for a minimum of ten years.

Websites are the key to understanding the practice. You should see at least dozens of before and after pictures, showing the facial changes in the procedure you want.The most helpful sites have a variety of graphics, including photos of how you might look one or five or ten days after surgery. Look for detailed explanations of all procedures. The site should answer nearly every question you have. Generally, the top practices have the thickest, richest and most informative websites. The dedicated doctor spends much time building an educational website for your benefit.

Here is another hint: Ask the practice if you can speak with one or more patients who have had the same procedure(s) you want. See their before and after photos if possible. You learn the most from walking in the shoes of those who have made the journey before.

Another super-important element of the best consultations: Computer Imaging. Here’s how it works: photos are taken of you as you are and uploaded onto a special computer system that can morph your present appearance into an anticipated after-surgery picture. (The technology is also known as Computer Morphing.)

Imaging is an incomparable learning tool because it provides a forum for doctor-patient agreement on the after-surgery result that would satisfy you and is a result the doctor can deliver. After all, cosmetic surgery is 100% visual. It is about appearance but without visuals, everything is left to the imagination. To anticipate a successful outcome, there must be a meeting of the minds between surgeon and patient. Why waste your time on a consultation in which the surgeon can’t demonstrate what he envisions as the outcome? Would you buy a painting without seeing it?

In my opinion, a consultation without computer imaging is nearly worthless.

Also, look for a super-specialist surgeon.

In modern medicine, knowledge about a particular specialty doubles every 18 months. No surgeon can master all the 135-plus plastic surgery procedures. In cosmetic facial surgery (a subdivision of plastic surgery) a menu of just a half-dozen procedures is considered proper.

Such a narrow practice is the manner of the cosmetic surgery super-specialist,where the surgeon’s practice is more of a boutique than a department store. Such cosmetic facial surgeons have generally served an additional training period -- beyond board certification -- known as fellowship training. That surgeon, once he or she became a specialist, has worked at the side of one or more Master Surgeons for a year, studying and performing only several procedures.

Fellowship is the highest caliber credential available. Look for those who are fellowship-trained and board certified.

Best wishes,

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

How long to heal and how much does it cost? For Facelift

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The recovery time, as well as, the cost depends on the type of facelift and/or other procedures you have done.   If you post photos, it will give us a better idea of what you need and we may better answer your question.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Healing time post facelift

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Depending on type of facelift healing time varies only slightly but costs vary more widely. Typically, patients can be out and about just a few days later. Probably the biggest limiting factor is when do they feel socially presentable and that varies from person to person. Most patients can be back to work in 1 week unless their job involves physical labor and then it adds 1 more week. Costs can vary from $7,000. to 12,000.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

How long to heal and how much does it cost? For Facelift (lower)?

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For most patients with relatively thin faces, they are off their pain meds on the 2nd day, can go out to dinner with their hair down and some makeup by the 7th-10th day, are a little swollen for 2-3 weeks and look their best (mother of the bride) by the 3rd month.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Healing time and cost for a lower facelift

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Visible swelling and bruising usually dissipates at 2 weeks after the surgical procedure for a lower facelift. The cost of the procedures listed on our website below. Pre-operative and post-operative instructions are also listed there as well. It is also best to shop quality, not price since this is your face.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Facelift healing.

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Facelifts take about two weeks to be socially presentable and one year to fully heal. Some patients can go out to a party 1 week after a facelift and others 3. Cost varies from $7500-15,000.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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