As with any cosmetic surgery, the lower facelift cost greatly varies from patient to patient due to key variables such as the amount of correction needed, surgical maneuvers and adjunct procedures, surgeon’s fee, and clinic location.
In Los Angeles plastic surgery, most people can expect paying between $8,000 and $25,000. It is important to note that any prudent patient should focus on finding the most qualified surgeon, as opposed to looking for a great bargain.
While a surgeon who demands premium price does not automatically equate to better results, a doctor whose surgical cost is way too lower than the “average” could mean compromised patient safety (non-accredited facility, not properly trained staff, etc.) to help him make a profit.
Some experts warn that huge discounts offered by some “beauty” clinics are not actually a marketing maneuver, but could be interpreted as a sign of desperation to attract more clients. Highly qualified and reputable plastic surgeons, meanwhile, are still in demand even amidst economic downturn.
A good rule of thumb is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Nowadays, there are several certifying bodies, although the “gold standard” is the American Board of Plastic Surgery since it is the only recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
But since plastic surgery encompasses different subspecialties and niche procedures, a prudent patient should choose a doctor who mostly performs facelift and its common adjunct procedures such as volumizers (dermal fillers and fat injection), brow lift, Botox, and eyelid lift.
Aside from the surgeon’s fee, another key variable that affects the lower facelift cost is the extensiveness of the procedure, and ultimately, the amount correction needed to achieve the desired results. It is important to note that no two facelifts are the same since every patient has unique anatomies and cosmetic goals.
For instance, a patient who needs a combination of surgical maneuvers—i.e., incision behind the ear to correct the jowl, chin liposuction, and platysma muscle repair for a smooth neck contour—should expect to pay more than someone who only needs a short-scar technique to eliminate the jowling appearance.