The Average Cost of Facelift
A facelift includes the cost of tests, anesthesia fees, surgeon fees, and the cost of prescription medication. The average cost for a facelift ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, based on the extent of the corrections needed.
You may choose to undergo an added procedure (such as eyelid lift or brow lift) in the same surgery, adding to the cost. A facelift addresses the cheeks and the upper neck area, not the brow or eyelids.
A Variety of Treatments
Traditional face lift surgery is excellent for lifting the tissues of the cheek, jowls and neck back to their natural position. The forehead is often lifted at the same time if needed. Dr. Westreich performs many techniques for facial rejuvenation surgery based on your individual needs and preferences. In most cases, Dr. Westreich will elevate the SMAS and deeper tissues in a more vertical dimension, and gently redrape the skin laterally to achieve an improvement that enhances your natural appearance. In some cases, only the cheeks and jowls need to be elevated. If sagging jowls and a loose neck are your chief concerns, Dr. Westreich may be able to perform a neck lift alone.
Facelifting is done in order to remove excess skin while tightening the underlying supporting structures (muscles and connective tissue). A skin incision is required in order to produce these results. The length of the incision depends upon the specific problems that require correction. Dr. Westreich utilizes current facial rejuvenation techniques, including endoscopic face lifts, S-lifts, SMAS lifts, extended SMAS lifts, and Deep Plane Face lifts. Dr. Westreich will explain the different techniques as well as their potential benefits and pitfalls in detail during your consultation. Dr. Westreich strives to make his New York patients look as natural as possible. In many cases, combining procedures such as an endoscopic midface lift or brow lift will help to achieve a more balanced and natural result then with a facelift alone.
The region below the jawline and under the chin tends to show signs of aging as a loosening of the neck muscles (platysma) may produce the appearance of hanging cords. While BOTOX can be helpful with early banding, more extensive laxity requires surgical correction. In some cases, Dr. Westreich may perform an isolated neck lift to address the muscle layer, fat and skin. Lifting just the skin will often result in a tight look, and does not last well. Incisions may be placed behind the ear and/or under the chin in the natural crease to accomplish a neck lift procedure. If you have fatty deposits under the chin, Dr. Westreich may remove the fat with liposuction at the same time to improve the contour of the neck and jawline. A neck lift may also be combined with the placement of a chin implant if you have a bone deficiency for additional aesthetic improvement and longevity.
A lower facelift refers to procedures that rejuvenate the lower third of the face – from under the ears to below the chin. Dr. Westreich performs a lower facelift for patients whose main concern is laxity of the jowls, slackened skin along the jawline and deepening nasolabial folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Incisions may be placed half way around the ears starting at or below the tragus (the flap of skin and cartilage at the entrance to the ear) and extending around the earlobe behind the ear. In some cases, an incision may also be necessary under the chin. A lower facelift may also be combined with eyelid and browlift surgery.
Aging of the midface is a newer concept in which the effect of descent of the cheek fat is seen. Typical changes seen include an oval rather than almond shape to the face, hollowing underneath the eyelids, deepening of nasolabial folds, and increased jowling. Essentially, the apple cheeks of youth are lost. Mid-face lifting is a technique for rejuvenating the lower eyelids and the cheek area. It can also reduce deepened nasolabial folds, although it will not completely remove them. A mid-facelift can achieve a more youthful, fuller appearance to the cheek and lower eyelid area. In endoscopic midface lifting, Dr. Westreich will place small incisions in the temporal hairline through which the midfacial tissues are freed up and lifted. An Endotine® absorbable implant is used to hold the midface in the new position until the structures are firmly reattached. Dramatic but natural changes to the lower eyelid region and midface complex can be achieved. The midface lift can also be performed at the time of an endoscopic brow lift or neck liposuction.
Best Candidates for a Facelift in New York
Good candidates, both men and women, come to Dr. Westreich asking to eliminate excess skin and restore skin elasticity if possible. Facelifts can have a great impact on the visibility of wrinkles, hanging skin, hollowed cheeks (can be augmented as part of the procedure) and other signs of aging. As with many surgeries, it is important that you are in good physical health before going forward with any type of facelift in New York. Patients that are current heavy smokers are not typically good candidates for facelifts but may be candidates for midface, lower face, and neck lifts.
What is the Recovery Like After A Facelift?
Recovery from a facelift at New Face NY will involve some swelling and bruising, which typically peaks at about the three-day mark, after which begins to fade away, day by day. You will need to sleep with your head elevated while healing. You will be prescribed pain medication for the first few days, but you should be comfortable by the third day after surgery.
You can expect to be back to your usual routine within two weeks. The final results of the surgery will be seen over the next several months as you fully heal, and your restored facial contours settle.
Below are a few typical techniques that are often performed by Dr. Westreich during a facelift or are added to the original procedure to enhance results:
- Facial implants – With your prior approval, Dr. Westreich may use facial implants and/or fillers during surgery to restructure your face and create a more defined look. The implants can be inserted into the cheek, jaw, or chin to augment your appearance.
- Facial fat transfers – very effective in filling in dark areas and hollows under the eyes that may not be corrected by a traditional facelift.
- Skin rejuvenation strategies – This can include chemical peels, laser resurfacing, non-ablative skin tightening, and daily strategies to improve skin health.
- Eyelid surgery – can be performed as part of your facelift and can really enhance your face by making you look more awake and energized. It will smoothen bags concentrated under the eyes and wrinkling around the area.