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Facelift Plastic Surgery Cost

Facelift Plastic Surgery Cost

Cost is as important as the doctor’s credentials while considering facelift surgery. The key to looking youthful is cosmetic surgery procedures like a facelift which erases signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin etc. to enhance physical appearance. Premature aging is triggered by environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor diet. Who wants their skin looking dull like an 80 year old when they are in their mid 40’s? The science behind age reversal isn’t discovered yet but superficial age defying techniques are in demand.

Rhytidectomy or a face lift is performed by a plastic surgeon like Dr. Neal Handel, by tightening and lifting the underlying facial muscles to incorporate sharp contouring typical of youth, back into the face. Fat pockets are also removed. Facelift surgery is nothing short of magic, you walk in to the clinic looking older than you actually are and you walk out looking 20 years younger. The detailed artist contouring is achieved only by an exemplary artistic vision. A cosmetic surgeon’s job requires special trained skill sets which highly influences the end cost of the surgery. There is a saying that a thing of beauty lasts forever, so why not beautify the first noticed appearance: the face.

Cost Factors

Doctors cost

Doctor’s experience determines if the cost. More the number of satisfied patients greater the doctor’s fee. Cosmetic surgery handled by an exclusive plastic surgeon with face lift as their area of forte generally is priced higher than the surgery over seen by a regular surgeon who also takes on cases of plastic surgery. The location of the clinic also decides the cost. Consider a clinic in a big metropolitan city where the cost of running an establishment is pricy; to compensate money spent on the clinic’s sustenance, cost of the procedure is increased. Face lifts in smaller cities are more within a set budget. A recent statistics revealed the average surgeon’s cost is $7500.


Minimal invasive surgery with insignificant scaring using current surgery technology and equipment are priced higher. The end result is naturally younger looking skin with less recovery time. Extensive surgery like superficial masculoaponeurotic system (SAMS) and deep plane facelift cost more than minima invasive surgery like short scar facelift.

Surgery cost

The added cost of administering anesthesia, the anesthesiologist’s cost, the operating room charges, medication cost, hospital fees and other similar expenses are chargeable on the patient. Anesthesia fees amount to $1000-$1300 while the hospital fee is $500-$2000.

Insurance coverage

Few policies cover cosmetic surgery. Policy covered procedures cost less upfront than those which require full payment.

Combined procedures

If you opt for a face reconstructive surgery like rhinoplasty along with a face lift the total cost will be the sum of all the individual surgeries. It will work out cheaper if you get the surgeries at once than spacing them out and undergoing individual procedures.

Facelift Plastic Surgery Overview

Facelift Plastic Surgery Overview

The search for the fountain of youth is eternal. There is no mythical elixir that reverses aging. Science bestows the ability to discover or develop new technologies that can turn farfetched ideas into reality. Aging can be reversed at least superficially by a plastic surgery procedure popularly known as facelift.


The most effective proven way to remove skin dullness, sagging and other signs of aging is by a facelift. Medically known as Rhytidectomy the procedure involves lifting off the primary layer of the skin to tighten the tissue underneath followed rolling the skin layer back on evenly. For the procedure you are sedated either by administering general anesthesia intravenously or local anesthesia to freeze sensation around specific regions. The next step is the incision that starts at the temple and ends near the chin in front of the ear to enable lifting of the skin to tighten the underlying tissues. Either fat is removed or the extra skin. The skin is then reset and the incision is closed by sutures. The scars of the surgery aren’t prominent because the location of the incision is at the place where the skin would naturally fold. Another variant is the limited access facelift where the incision is made either over the upper-lip or into the lower eye lid. Smaller incisions that are closer to the ear are also made. The cosmetic procedure extends to the neck and the chin to remove loose and sagging skin. For such procedures the cut starts at the front of the lower ear lobe and extends to the base of the hair line. Time taken to complete one facelift is several hours. Although you can go home after the surgery many prefer to stay overnight at the medical care facility.


The results vary from person to person. For some the desired outcome is achieved by procedures that are done through non-invasive surgery like chemical peels. For some a brow lift or a neck lift might be sufficient. By having realistic expectations the end results will be more satisfactory.

The procedure is not suitable for those whose:

• Skin has lost its elasticity with minimized flexibility and suppleness.

• The bone structure of the face is not well defined and therefore doesn’t not offer the required support framework.

• A history of serious medical conditions that interfere with the process like a bleeding disorder.


Dr. Neal Handel explains that all surgeries have their own associated risks. The possible negative repercussions of a facelift are infection, uncontrolled hair loss, scarring, blood clots that might reach the lungs and heart (pulmonary embolism), allergic reaction to anesthesia, possible damage to the facial nerves that might translate to a spasm or face paralysis and bleeding below the skin.
The benefits of the procedure are exploited by men too. The procedure for both sexes is the same. Facelifts are beneficial for senior citizens who want to wipe off a certain number off their age.

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Your Beverly Hills Botox Medical Spa

Your Santa Barbara Botox Medical Spa

If you are looking forward to a day of self- pampering and while at the same time seek medically aided beautification processes like treating wrinkles, skin laxity, dull and lifeless skin and other signs of ageing a medical spa is where you have to go. Other procedures like laser hair removal treatment, lightening of stretch marks and rectifying veins are also done at Beverly Hills Plaza Medical Spa. The most requested treatment is Botox.


The first use of Botox to treat a cognitive condition of lazy eye was in 1980’s.Since then it has been used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), fine lines and wrinkles. Medically identified as botulinum type A, Botox is a highly purified protein. The protein is derived from a bacterial species and is categorized as a toxin. Scientists claim that it is the most poisonous toxin known to man and as little as a gram can effectively kill one million and a few human beings. In spite of being a toxin why is Botox still in high demand? The answer lies in the cure of several medical conditions when administered in the right amount. Dr Neal Handel in Santa Barbara says that the factor that demarcates Botox from a poison to treatment is the dosage. When injected in very small quantities, the toxin paralyzes muscles by not allowing them to contract. The effect is induced when the nerve signals directed at the muscles are blocked. Muscle contraction is directed by acetylcholine that is released at the nerve endings. These chemical messengers then go interact with receptors on the muscle leading to muscle contraction. Botox blocks these muscle receptors reducing inappropriate muscle contraction and stiffness.

Botox Before & After Photo Gallery

What can Botox treat?

Predominantly, Botox is the magic eraser that makes signs of ageing like wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines disappear. Apart from its use in cosmetic surgery procedure, Botox is also used for the treatment of over 20 medical conditions with other applications under research. Botox is used for:

• Shoulder and neck spasm
• Eyelid spasm
• Migraine
• Muscle spasticity post stroke
• Overactive bladder
• Crow’s feet
• Excessive sweating
• Crossed eye
• Fine lines between eyebrows
• Hemifacial spasm

How is Botox done?

The complete effect is visible only after 72 hours. Botox is injected by diluting it with saline powder and then directly injecting it into the neuromuscular tissue. The toxin then attacks the muscle receptors and the process takes about 72 hours. In some cases the toxin may take up to 5 days for the visible effects to appear. Botox must be strictly avoided on pregnant and lactating mothers.

What are the associated risks?

The procedure is safe, the drug itself is FDA approved and been in use for decades. As with any treatment, a small population may be allergic to or immune to botilunum toxin A. higher population amounting to 44% shows immunity to type B toxin. Some side effects that could occur include scarring or slight nausea. One procedure of Botox is roughly done every 7 seconds across the world.

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