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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.

Plastic Surgery Procedures Offered

Plastic Surgery 

Dr. Handel Plastic SurgeonWith over 38 years of experience in the field of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Neal Handel is one of the leading figures in the field. Dr. Handel provides a wide range of surgical procedures for the breast, body, and face. He focuses on customizing the surgery according to the unique anatomical and aesthetic needs of a patient.

Dr. Handel’s state of the art practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technologies to deliver safe, predictable, and sustainable outcomes. As a well-known plastic surgeon in the region, Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities for a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Breast Procedures

The major breast cosmetic surgery procedures provided at Dr. Handel’s practice include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, male breast reduction or gynecomastia, breast asymmetry correction with implants or fat grafting, and breast revision surgery.

Breast augmentation and breast lift are major aesthetic procedures that are sought by a large number of women to achieve a more attractive breast appearance. In some cases, the surgeon may combine breast augmentation and breast lift to achieve more comprehensive results and to meet the patient’s personal aesthetic goals.

Procedures such as breast reduction and gynecomastia may be performed as medically necessary procedures or for cosmetic reasons. Breast revision is relatively more complex as compared to the primary breast implant surgery. This procedure may be performed if the patient develops capsular contracture or another complication with the implants.

Face Procedures

As a leading plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Handel provides a wide range of facial surgery procedures, including brow lift, eyelid lift, facelift, neck lift, chin implant, otoplasty, rhinoplasty, fat transfer, and cheek implant surgery. Sometimes two or more procedures may be performed in conjunction to achieve more effective outcomes.

Brow lift and eyelid lift are upper face procedures that can help to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and the forehead. Facelift is one of the more popular and comprehensive procedures that can take several years off the patient’s face and restore a more youthful facial appearance. It is usually combined with neck lift to achieve more uniform looking results. Rhinoplasty and chin and cheek implants are also popular procedures designed to enhance the facial look and individual features.

Body Contouring Procedures

Some of the major body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck, arm lift, butt lift, liposuction, fat grafting, and labiaplasty (vagina lip reduction), are performed by Dr. Handel. Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to remove excess fat tissue and loose skin from the abdominal area to restore a flatter and firmer tummy.

Liposuction ranks as the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US today. This targeted fat reduction surgery can be performed using less invasive techniques to achieve highly desirable results. Fat grafting, an arm and butt lift are effective body contouring procedures performed by Dr. Handel. Labiaplasty is a procedure aimed at providing vaginal rejuvenation and a more aesthetically appealing appearance of the vagina.


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