Is it Worth it to Have a Facelift?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having a facelift. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Facelift: the Procedure and Recovery. For more about the many resources Doctor Review has to offer, you can check out our Facial Plastic Surgery Overview page.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a very small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also a risk of changes in the sensation of the face, such as numbness or pain, if nerves are damaged during surgery; this often resolves within a few months, but may be permanent in some cases.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with the outcome of your facelift. If the facelift is too tight, you may have an undesirable “windswept” appearance. This may not only be unattractive but uncomfortable due to excessively tight skin. Alternatively, your facelift may fail to remove all of the wrinkles and drooping that’s bothering you. These risks can be reduced by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals.
Those who have significant sagging and wrinkling in the skin of the face may feel unattractive. Jowls may form as skin droops in folds. A small fortune on various face creams, beauty treatments, and makeup may be spent trying to enhance the appearance. A facelift can address these issues in ways that other types of treatments, such as cosmetic dermatology, cannot. It can remove the sagging, as well as addressing deeper wrinkles than fillers or botox can. After a facelift, a person may have their confidence back, with accompanying benefits to their social and professional lives.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a facelift is $6,556. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Keep in mind that surgeons often offer financing options. For more detail, please visit our Facelift Cost page.