A little less nipping, a little less tucking -- and in the end, a little less money. Mini face-lifts offer a less extensive version of a surgical procedure designed to reduce and reverse undesired physical changes that come with age. As such, it generally costs less than a full face-lift. However, there can be some cost overlap.
The Mini Face-Lift
Mini-lifts are location-specific. They can be used to tighten the lower face area or the neck/jowl area. To achieve this, incisions are made either in front or behind the ear and the skin is pulled, tightened and sutured. The procedures last about an hour to 90 minutes, with healing time pegged at one to two weeks. The results should last between five and seven years, physicians say.
Most listed estimates price mini face-lifts at around $3,500 at the cheapest. The procedures can run up to around $7,000, with an average cost of about $5,000. Consultants stress that the cost is very person/procedure-specific. In comparison, standard face-lifts run from $6,000 to $15,000. The American society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported a 2007 national average of $6,800 per standard face-lift operation.
Factors in Determining Prices
As with a standard face-lift, the mini-lift varies in price depending on the following factors, as listed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:
- Surgeon's fee - Facility fee - Anesthesia fee - Medication - Surgical garments - Medical testing
The major savings come from the surgical fees, facility fees and anesthesia fees.
Websites such as PlasticSurgery.com and DocShop.com explain that surgeon's fees may vary based on factors such as demand. Face-lift surgeries in, say, Los Angeles are more common and called-for than they are in Bumpass, Virginia. Hence, plastic surgeons are in abundance, which keeps prices in check.
The demand of an individual surgeon may affect the price, as well.
Facility and Anesthetic Fees
Since the procedure is less invasive than a standard face-lift, the cost of a mini face-lift does not include the overnight hospital stay. Outpatient procedures are, as a rule, cheaper than longer stays because they don't require as extensive a medical staff or continued monitoring. In addition, only local (topical) anesthesia is used, which also helps the patient save money.