General Facelift Questions
1. What is a facelift?Facelift is a surgical procedure which “tightens” your facial skin to counteract the effects of aging. With aging, your facial skin may become saggy and loose. During the facelift procedure, the excess skin on your face is removed, restoring a youthful, natural appearance.
2. What is a mini facelift?Mini facelift only focuses on the lower third of your face. Incisions are made around your ears, and excess skin is removed, “tightening” the rest of your facial skin. Mini facelift is the most popular facelift procedure used today. When you think of a facelift, you’re probably thinking of a mini facelift.
3. What is a full facelift?A full facelift addresses a wider part of your body. Unlike a mini facelift, which will only focus on your mouth and jaw area, a full facelift can improve the appearance from your neck to the eyebrows.
4. How long does a facelift last?Full facelifts last for up to 15 years. Mini facelifts last for 2-6 years.
5. Can anyone get a facelift?Yes, as long as you’re in good general health. A facelift procedure simply removes excess skin in your facial/neck areas, giving you a more youthful appearance. As long as you’re eligible for the surgery itself, anyone at any age can get a facelift. Make sure you share your medical history and any previous or present health conditions with your surgeon.
6. How can a facelift make me look younger?Here are some of the most common effects of a facelift: tighter skin on your face and neck, no more crinkles around your lips and on your forehead, a more ‘smiley’ look (the tips of your lips will be pointed more upwards after the procedure.)
7. How visible are the facelift results? Can a facelift look natural?The procedure can be completely modified based on your needs—from a complete makeover to a minor rejuvenation. It is up to you to be completely open and upfront with your surgeon about what it is exactly you want. For example, if you don’t want anyone to notice that there’s something very different about your face, do tell this to your surgeon. They will know exactly which areas will make you look younger without drastically changing your natural appearance.
8. How long does the facelift procedure take?On average, a mini-facelift surgery will take up to 2 hours. A full facelift may take as long as 6 hours to perform when combined with eyebrow and eyelid surgeries. After the operation, you might experience some side effects from the anesthesia (dizziness), and you will experience swelling on your face. The swelling will go away after 10-14 days, that’s when you’ll be able to return to work and normal life.
9. Can you get a neck-lift without a facelift?Yes. There are several types of incisions that could be used to target your neck area alone. While most neck-lift patients will be interested in getting a facelift as well, it is entirely possible to work on the neck area alone. It is up to you, however, to make this part extra clear to your surgeon.
10. How do you prepare for a facelift?No special preparations are required. However, it is important that you don’t smoke at least 3 weeks before the surgery (it could increase bleeding and significantly slow down the healing process) and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements for the same reasons. It is a good idea to not eat or drink anything after the midnight before the operation. Any other instructions (medications, skin products) will come from your surgeon directly.
11. Can a facelift help acne scars?Yes. Mild acne scars are the easiest to remove with a facelift, but even with deep acne scars, a facelift can help improve your facial appearance.
12. Can a facelift be reversed?No. However, you shouldn’t panic if your face doesn’t look exactly how you’ve expected it just after the surgery. Facelifts reach their ‘best look’ within 3-6 months after the surgery, when your body is completely healed up and the swelling is completely gone. Keep in mind that all facelift procedures fade away with time (look at question 4.)
13. Is facelift the same as Botox?No. These are two completely different procedures. Botox injections are quick, and can be done right in the surgeon’s office. Facelift procedures are much more lasting, as the excess skin is removed surgically and your muscles are rearranged to give you a more youthful appearance.
Questions about Facelift Cost and Insurance
14. How much does a facelift cost in the U.S.?A mini facelift will cost you $3,000 or more, while full facelift prices start at $15,000.
15. How much does a facelift cost outside the U.S.?Facelift procedures can cost less in foreign countries, starting at $2,000 in Czech Republic. Costs vary significantly from practice to practice and based on geographic location. Medical tourism outside the U.S. is NOT recommended.
16. Are there any additional costs to a facelift procedure?In some cases, the quoted price will not include anesthesia costs and post-surgery care. Make sure to ask your surgeon or the surgeon’s office about any additional charges besides the base price of your procedure.
17. Are facelift procedures covered by health insurance?No. The only plastic surgery procedures that can be covered by your medical insurance are the ones beneficial to your health condition or can be considered a part of your therapy. In the vast majority of cases, none of the facelift procedures will be covered by the insurance.
18. Are facelift procedures covered by Medicare?No. Please read the above answer.
Questions about Facelift Safety, Risks and Recovery
19. Is it dangerous to have a facelift?As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved when performing a facelift. Possible complications include:
- Forming of a blood beneath the skin (haematoma)
- Limited nerve injury and loss of motion control in the facial area (extremely rare)
- Asymmetrical facial features (fully depends on your surgeon)
- Hair loss in the area where the incisions were made
- Visible scars
20. Are there any side effects after a facelift?Possible temporary side effects after a facelift include:
- A numbness and swelling in your face
- Temporary bruising in your cheeks