Facelifts: A Guide to Costs
The price of a facelift depends entirely on the process and scope of the procedure. If you are considering a facelift, there are many factors and options that you should consider. The McIndoe Centre offers both Facelifts (Rhytidectomy) and Mini Facelifts.
The prices below are just a guide. Your consultant will provide you with a specific price that is tailored to you after your consultation.
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For a more detailed explanation of our prices, please visit our Guide Price Information page.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift procedure is designed to reform saggy, or drooping skin by lifting up and pulling the skin back to make the face tighter and smootherin order to match the patient’s aesthetic expectations. Facelifts are life-changing procedure; therefore, we strongly recommend patients think carefully before rushing into a decision.
The McIndoe Centre offers two types of surgical facelifts.
A facelift (rhytidectomy) lifts up and pulls back the skin surrounding the entire face to make it tighter and smoother. Scars are hidden in your natural hairline and are virtually undetectable post-recovery. Patient with loose, sagging and sun damaged skin can expect a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, after one week you can resume most activities.
A mini facelift focuses on the lower half of your face. As we age, fat also accumulates around the chin and neck area which is difficult to remove through weight loss alone. The ageing process slows down collagen production causing skin to lose its elasticity and muscles to slacken. The corners of your mouth can become droopy, creating jowls. A mini facelift targets these specific areas to give natural, youthful results. Scarring from this type of surgery is minimal and the recovery time shorter than a full facelift.
Before deciding on surgery, these are the potential costs to be aware of:
- Consultation fees
- Deposit (some hospitals require one, The McIndoe Centre does not ask for one)
- Aftercare treatments
- Anaesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related expenses
- Potential check-ups (entirely dependent on the surgery you have, eg: brow lift, eye bag surgery)
Your facelift price will also differ depending on the clinic(s) you visit. For example, prices in the UK are usually more than you may find in other areas across Europe. There are several reasons for this, one of the most common being that if a complication were to occur during surgery, or further aftercare was needed, you may find that this service is not guaranteed abroad.
At The McIndoe Centre, aftercare includes:
- A follow-up consultation with your dedicated consultant
- Outpatient treatment related to your procedure, e.g. removal of sutures
- Any readmission to The McIndoe Centre with two years for medical complications that arise from your original treatment.
The Prices of Facelifts Abroad
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average price of a facelift is £5,417 (2016 statistics), and the UK price is slightly more, coming in between £7,500 - £10,000. However, like any practice or clinic, the price of surgery varies depending on a number of factors:
- Travel costs
- Consultation fees (if any)
- Reputation of the clinic
You should also consider if the potential savings are worth having surgery abroad. Many clinics may offer you cheap accommodation and/or holiday deals in an attempt to persuade you to opt for their services. It is strongly advised that you should not have a holiday immediately after surgery, nor is it advisable to drink, lie in the sun or do anything energetic if you're recovering from surgery.
If you are contemplating surgery abroad, we strongly advise you to consider the following:
- Is the consultant registered with the appropriate accreditation body?
- Qualifications and proof of medical license
- Standards of medical practice
- Price (is it realistic/too cheap/too expensive)
- How you will access aftercare
If you decide to have surgery abroad, it is vitally important that you establish what would happen if any problems were to occur post-surgery. Insurance and aftercare are often guaranteed in the UK and we strongly advise that you ensure this is the case abroad. If you are unable to obtain satisfactory answers or information from your desired clinic or surgeon, think carefully about your choice, as it could end up costing you more than if you were to have surgery in the UK.
Choosing a Surgeon
Every surgeon operates differently depending on experience and personal practice. It is strongly advised that you have at least one consultation with your surgeon before your surgery. You may find in most cases that surgeons will refuse the right to operate without an initial consultation. This is to ensure that you are made fully aware of the process, procedure and any risks that must be acknowledged before the surgery begins.
The types and levels of training required to qualify as a surgeon vary wildly from country to country. The UK and USA are incredibly strict, both requiring a minimum of eight years specialist training. The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons describes in detail the qualifications and experience needed to practice at such a reputable level.
In contrast, surgeons abroad require no formal qualifications or specialist training to perform such bespoke surgeries, other than being a general practitioner.
If you are considering having a facelift, rest assured our friendly staff are here to answer any queries or concerns you may have. If you would like to read an in-depth outline of the process regarding facial cosmetic surgery, our article: A Guide to Facial Cosmetic Surgery & Rejuvenation explains the process in detail. Here are some more articles, Face The Facts: The Truth About Facelifts and Should I Have a Facelift?
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our facility in East Grinstead, which is just an hour or so out of London. You can call us on 0800 917 4922 or submit a general enquiry here and one of our friendly staff will be in touch with you shortly.