All About Facelifts: What They Are & How Much They Cost

Have you ever wanted to turn back the clock? Sagging, deep creases, and excessive skin can make you feel less youthful. Your face is the first part of your body that people see when they look at you, not to mention, the first thing you see when you look in the mirror every morning. It is imperative that you love how you feel and look when meeting new people and waking up each morning—a Rhytidectomy can help bring back any lost confidence. So, let’s know what is a facelift.

What Is a Facelift?

A rhytidectomy, better known as a facelift, is a procedure that smoothes and tightens any loose skin on your face and neck. This rejuvenating procedure also removes excess fat and creasing, creating a youthful complexion. Not to be confused with reconstructive surgery, this will not alter your appearance or bone structure, rather, help reduce fat deposits and extra skin.

Rhytidectomy Lifespan

Typically, a Rhytidectomy will last most patients about 10 years. However, as you continue to naturally age, the skin on your face will as well. While most patients find that their facelifts last around 10 years, there are other factors that play into the lifetime of this procedure:

  • Stress: Stress causes a variety of different skin issues, including creating deep lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. While stress is not always preventable given our hectic lives, it is important to be aware of any tension held in the face during stressful times.
  • Genetics: Genetics plays an important role in the way our face and skin ages. For most, lack of facial definition and saggy skin is often an inherited trait. Depending on genetics, your Rhytidectomy could last longer or shorter than the average 10 years.
  • Smoking: Smoking is not only damaging internally, but also impairs our physical appearance. Smoking increases the aging process and creates deep lines around the mouth. While the appearance of these lines is often minimized after a facelift procedure, they can return quicker if smoking continues after having a facelift.

Average Rhytidectomy Costs

Cheaper does not equal better. When choosing where to get a facelift done, it is important to look at the cost to determine the quality of the surgery you are receiving. The average costs around $6,600, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). However, this number can vary depending on whether or not the patient receives supplementing facelift surgeries such as eyelid surgery.

What affects the cost of a Rhytidectomy?

  • Surgeon’s Fees
  • Anesthesia Fees
  • Post-Operation Garments
  • Cosmetic Insurance
  • Length (Time) of Surgery

Like most cosmetic procedures, the cost depends on what you are looking for. As each person is very different in their wants and needs, scheduling a consultation is the easiest way to understand exactly what your costs will be for a facelift.

What a Facelift Can Do

Facelift vs. Mini Facelift

While you may have heard of a facelift, there is also an option to receive a mini facelift. Mini facelifts have shorter procedure times and are often a more affordable option for those still interested in receiving this surgery without the high costs.

Along with a lower price point, mini facelifts are ideal for patients who have small amounts of excess skin, mild signs of aging, and minimal fat deposits. Since mini facelifts are smaller and do not require as much surgery, the mini facelift operation leaves patients with a shorter scar and smaller incision. However, patients should know that mini facelifts do not target the entire face, rather, specific sections that need a little lift. When you go into the office for a consultation, Dr. Mazaheri will let you know whether or not you are a good client for a full facelift or a mini facelift.

Cost Differences Between a Facelift and Mini Facelift

As mentioned above, a full facelift cost starts at around $6,000. Generally, mini facelifts cost about half the price but still include surgeon’s fees, local anesthesia fees, post-operation garments, and cosmetic insurance. Since the length of surgery time for a mini facelift is significantly shorter–typically about 45 minutes–the more affordable cost of a mini facelift reflects this.

Choosing the Right Facelift Surgeon

Receiving a facelift or a mini facelift is a surgical procedure, which means that you should be careful and thorough when researching and selecting the right facial surgeon for you. Choosing a Board Certified Surgeon, like Dr. Mazaheri, is the safest option when receiving cosmetic surgeries. Along with Dr. Mazaheri’s Board Certification, he also has over 20 years of experience, ensuring that you are in the safest of hands!

We highly recommend scheduling a consultation at our Beverly Hills or Scottsdale office. Or, feel free to call either of our locations to learn more about such procedures and one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will help answer any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri, MD, PC

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Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri

Dr. Mazaheri is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After more than sixteen years of education and advanced training, Dr. Mazaheri opened his Scottsdale practice in 2003. He is a thorough and experienced surgeon with a strong focus on achieving patient needs. Dr. Mazaheri’s areas of specialty include breast and body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, mastopexy, tummy tucks, liposuction and other body sculpting procedures. He and his friendly staff will only recommend procedures that will help you achieve your desired results. Focusing on your needs both before and after a procedure is Dr. Mazaheri’s top priority.

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