What will a face lift do to my appearance?
A face lift generally reduces any sagging in your face or jaw line, reduces the look of a double chin, and reduces deep lines or creases in your face. While non-surgical procedures will not produce the same effects as a surgical procedure, they may be used to complement and enhance the effects of the surgical procedure. Procedures like Botox, or collagen injections, can provide temporary results for wrinkles and fine lines, but a face lift is generally the best choice for more permanent and dramatic results.
How much does a face lift cost?
Many factors affect the cost of the surgery. Consider the extent of what is being done, the qualifications and experience of the surgeon, and the location on the clinic. Meeting with the surgeon will give you a better idea of what to expect in terms of cost. The typical cost for the surgeon to perform a face lift may be between $5,000 and $6,000, but additional factors such as paying for anesthetic or adding on procedures may elevate the cost significantly. Many offices offer financing options for those wishing to have a procedure done who lack the ability to pay for it up front. For many people that are considering a facelift, however, the cost is definitely worth the end results because they have more self-confidence.
How do I choose a surgeon?
In selecting a surgeon to perform your procedure, there are a number of things to keep in mind. First, what are the surgeon’s credentials? In addition to earning their MD (doctor of medicine), or OD (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degree, a surgeon can then specialize in cosmetic or plastic surgery, and can become board certified. Because there are a number of different board certifications, it is smart to find out which type of certification the surgeon holds. You can find out this information by asking your surgeon and then verifying it through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Some surgeons also have different specialties in various cosmetic surgery procedures. Though they may be board certified, they may perform more of a certain kind of surgery than others on a daily basis. Selecting a specialist for facelifts will ensure that he or she has had the most experience, ensuring the best results.
What will my recovery time be?
Before you undergo any form of plastic surgery, it is important to plan for recovery time. Recovery times will vary depending on the extent of the procedure performed. For a standard face lift, plan on a recovery time ranging between seven to fourteen days. During this time it will be important for you to rest to promote proper healing. Refrain from any vigorous activities including exercise and heavy household duties. You’ll probably want to consider any events that you have going on around the time of the surgery, and schedule your procedure accordingly. There will be some swelling and discoloration in your face after the procedure, and most people like to stay indoors until they are back to looking normal.