Frequently Asked Questions - Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) FAQs
What is a facelift?A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure intended to tighten and shape an individual’s face in order to provide him or her with a more youthful appearance.
How does a plastic surgeon perform a facelift?Facelifts should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will put the patient to sleep and then make an incision in the area of the ears and hairline. The skin and muscle tissue are lifted from the face using a scalpel. The tissue is then tightened, shaped and redistributed according to the surgeon’s discretion. Finally the skin is re-draped over the face, the excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed up.
What is the cost of a facelift procedure?A number of factors affect the cost of a facelift including location, doctor, and individual patient needs. The price range of a facelift procedure typically falls within $5,000 and $20,000.
How long does facelift surgery take?A facelift generally takes anywhere from 2-4 hours.
Is there a lot of pain associated with getting a facelift?No, usually there is very little pain associated with a facelift. Although recovery time can take up to 2 weeks, which is mainly due to the swelling a bruising associated with the procedure; the actual pain is quite minimal.
How do I get a facelift?The first step in getting a facelift is to make sure it is the right surgery for you. After you determine you want to go ahead with the procedure, you must first determine whether or not you can afford both the time off work (2 weeks) and the price of the procedure which varies from surgeon to surgeon. If you are still serious about getting a facelift it is time to contact a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. We recommend you visit multiple doctors until you find one that feels right for you. You are welcome to browse our 5 Star Surgeon Network Approval Rated™ surgeons in your area.
For More Information see the General Information Page for Facelift Surgery