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What is a facelift?

A facelift, (medical term rhytidectomy), is any facial surgery procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, usually by stretching (“lifting”) areas of skin and subcutaneous tissue. A face lift procedure can reduce

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Jowls on lower face and double chin from loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, environmental conditions such as long exposure to sun or cold winds, a generally “hard life”, or life with too much anxiety and stress.

Rejuvenation procedures on a face typically “go with” a brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, or eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.

A facelift only changes your superficial appearance and cannot stop the aging process.  Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, IPL, dermabrasion or fillers cannot achieve the same results, but may postpone the time at which you consider a facelift.

More Information

To see a good descriptive illustrated PDF prepared for American Society of Plastic Surgery all about the range of facelifts for mini to upper, mid, lower and full facelift (and copy them if you like) look here on the downloads page. Choose either “mini”, full”, “upper” or “lower”, or “forehead” too.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost in 2013 of a facelift in US is $US6556.
That figure does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

Many surgeries quote the surgeon’s fee but not the other related expenses, such as

  • Anaesthetist’s fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs, including recuperation stay if necessary
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery compression garments and post surgery consultation
  • Prescriptions for medication

Some surgeons operated at their own, or cooperatively owned, operating facility and can give a good estimate of total cost. Some are visiting surgeons at several hospitals that bill the surgeon’s patients separately. Sometimes a quote will be fixed and sometimes there will be time dependent costs that are only fixed afterwards. When comparing quotes from different surgeons try to compare like with like. Many cheaper advertised facelifts¬†are only cheap because extras are not included or the surgeon does not have good experience or reputation.

For such a big investment with such an effect on you you must at least do some research on the surgeon. Another important thing to include is the surgeon’s attitude and affinity. After your consultation you need to feel good about the surgeon.

A better idea of the total actual cost would be this from a compilation of 1090 patient reported reviews on : $US11350
90% of those reporting there said it was “worth it” and they also posted a lot of before and after photos of their facelift and comments on how they feel about their facelift surgery.

Health Insurance Fund Coverage

The amount of coverage, or what you are refunded, depends on what Country or State you are in, whether you are a Public or Private patient, The Insurance or Benefit Fund you have. In general facelift surgery would be considered elective (ie cosmetic, or chosen by you) and not covered by ordinary Funds.