3 Things To Know Before Getting A Facelift

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While it's impossible to actually turn the clock back on aging, there are a lot of cosmetic procedures that can make you look like you have that ability. As we age our skin begins to sag and wrinkle. While a healthy lifestyle can combat some of the signs of aging, eventually gravity takes its toll. Many of the changes we see are on our faces in the form of sagging and wrinkles. Facelifts have long been a preferred way to produce a more youthful appearance. If you are considering a facelift, here are three things to know.

Types of Facelifts

Something that you may not be aware of is that there are different types of facelifts to choose from. A full facelift is probably what you are most familiar with. In this procedure, sagging and wrinkles are addressed on both the face and the neck. A mid-facelift focuses more on the middle part of the face and addresses sagging cheeks and deep wrinkling around the mouth. If jowls and a sagging are an issue, then a lower facelift may be the right option for you. A mini-facelift is less invasive than a full facelift but still provides some tightening to the cheeks and jaw. The type of facelift that works best for you will depend on the results you are looking for.

Recovery Time

While facelifts are fairly common procedures, over 130,000 were done in the past year, they are still major procedures that require recovery time. How long it takes to recover varies from person to person. Recovery can take anywhere from one to week to multiple weeks. Most people are able to go back to work and their usual activities somewhere between 10 days to two weeks after their procedure. It's important to take the time to heal thoroughly before going back to your typical routine.


Another thing to consider before getting a facelift is the cost. The cost of the procedure varies from location to location as well as by your particular needs. You also have to factor in the cost of anesthesia and the hospital fees into the overall cost of the procedure. On average a facelift will set you back between $6,000 and $15,000. You may also elect for other procedures during or shortly after your facelift including dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. These can also add to your total cost. 

While you can't completely get rid of the signs of aging, there are a few things that you can do to improve your appearance. If you are considering a facelift it's important to look into the different types of facelifts available. Recovery time and cost are two other things to take into careful consideration when determining if this procedure is right for you.