A little less nipping, a little less tucking--and in the end, a little less money for a mini face lift. A mini face lift is a less extensive version of a surgical procedure used to reduce and reverse facial aging, which is why it will generally costs less than a full face-lift.
The Mini Face Lift
Mini face lifts can be used to only tighten the lower area of the face (the neck, chin or jowls). 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 of one to two weeks. Physicians say the results of a mini face lift should last for about seven years.
Most listed estimates price mini face lifts at around $3,500. 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 face 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
- Surgical garments
- Medical testing
The major savings come from the surgical fees, facility fees and anesthesia fees.
Websites like PlasticSurgery.com and DocShop.com explain that surgeon's fees may vary based on factors like demand. Location, competition and the reputation of the surgeon may also factor into the costs for a face lift.
Facility and Anesthetic Fees
Since a mini face lift is less invasive than a standard face lift, the cost of a mini face lift does not include an overnight hospital stay. In addition, only local (topical) anesthesia is used, which also minimizes the cost.
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