A deep plane facelift extends surgical rejuvenation into the deeper layers of the facial tissues, producing more dramatic and longer-lasting results than a standard facelift procedure. While a typical facelift focuses on tightening the skin and tissue around the jawline and chin, a deep plane facelift also addresses the mid-face area.
Since a deep plane facelift is more technical and complex and requires a higher level of skill on the part of the surgeon, it often costs more than a standard facelift. Read on to learn more about the cost of a deep plane facelift and what factors contribute to the price.
Deep Plane Facelift Cost
According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a facelift in 2019 was $7,944. The surgeon’s fee is just one part of the overall cost of the procedure, however.
Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 in total for a deep plane facelift. How much you’ll pay is based on a variety of factors.
What Affects the Cost
Several factors can make a deep plane facelift cost more or less. While it can be tempting to choose the option with the lowest price tag, it’s usually best to err on the side of caution when it comes to plastic surgery and carefully consider the skill and qualifications of a surgeon more than their fees alone.
Some factors that affect the cost of a deep plane facelift include:
- Location: Where the surgery is performed can affect its cost. If the surgeon practices in an area with a high cost of living, such as New York City or LA, their fees are likely to be higher than a surgeon who practices in a less expensive area. You might also notice higher fees in areas that have a lot of plastic surgery practices.
- Surgeon’s skill and experience: The more experienced and skilled a surgeon is, the more they can charge for the surgery. Typically, you’re better off working with an experienced surgeon, as you’ll be more likely to get results you like and less likely to develop complications.
- Anesthesia used: The type of anesthesia used also impacts the price of a deep plane facelift. General anesthesia typically costs more than twilight sedation, for example. General anesthesia also requires a longer recovery time and has more risks compared to twilight sedation.
- Facility fee: Whether the facelift takes place at a surgical facility or a hospital also affects the cost.
Along with factors that directly affect the price you’ll pay for a deep plane facelift, there are also things that have an indirect effect on the cost.
For example, the amount of time you need to recover after the surgery can impact the cost. Generally speaking, the initial recovery after a facelift takes about a week or two. If you work outside your home and need to take time off, you might want to factor in the time you’ll need for medical leave, especially if your employer doesn’t offer paid leave or time off.
Another factor that can affect the cost of a deep plane facelift is whether or not you decide to combine the surgery with another surgical or non-surgical procedure. Often, combining procedures raises the out-of-pocket cost but also ends up costing less than if you were to schedule each treatment separately.
The cost of combined procedures varies based on what you decide to combine. If you have a deep plane facelift performed with a brow lift or facial fat grafting, you can expect the price to be higher than if you were to combine a deep plane facelift with a non-surgical option. Some procedures cannot be combined for safety reasons, however.
What Goes Into the Cost
When you schedule a deep plane facelift, what are you actually paying for? Usually, you will need to cover the following services when you decide to have a facelift:
Often, the consultation fee is waived or a surgeon will offer patients a free consultation to help them decide if a deep plane facelift is the right option for them. If the consultation isn’t free, you might expect to pay a few hundred dollars. In some cases, the surgeon might charge a consultation fee, then deduct the amount from the final cost of your facelift.
The best candidates for a deep plane facelift are people who are in good overall health. To verify your health, it’s likely that your surgeon will want you to schedule blood tests and a physical exam before your surgery.
The costs of these tests can vary from location to location. They may or may not be covered by insurance. Often, medical and lab tests cost a few hundred dollars.
The surgeon’s fee is likely to make up the biggest part of the overall cost of a facelift. The average fee is around $8,000, but you can expect it to be more if you’re working with a board-certified, highly experienced surgeon. Additionally, a surgeon on the West or East Coast is likely to charge more than someone practicing in the Midwest.
How much the anesthesiologist charges also vary based on their experience and location. The type of anesthetic they use can also impact the cost of their services.
Medical Supplies and Equipment
The price of your facelift might include the cost of any supplies or equipment the surgeon and medical team needs to use. Supplies can include the cost of any gloves or gowns worn during the procedure, as well as the needles, scalpels, and other tools used.
After your surgery, the surgeon might write you prescriptions for pain relievers or other medications to help with the healing process. Depending on your insurance coverage, you might need to pay for the medications in full out-of-pocket. The cost of the medications varies based on the type and brand prescribed.
You might also need to pay for garments or bandages to wear after the surgery.
Your surgeon might include the cost of follow-up visits in the overall fee charged for a facelift or these might be separate expenses you will pay for later. The cost of follow-ups depends on how many times you need to go and how much care you need at each visit. If there are complications, the follow-up might cost more than if you have an easy recovery.
Is Facelift Covered by Insurance?
As a general rule, insurance doesn’t pay for cosmetic procedures, including facelifts. If you’re having the surgery for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to look more youthful, then your insurance will likely refuse to cover it.
But there are always exceptions. If you need a facelift for reconstructive reasons, such as after a severe injury, your insurance company might pay for some or all of it.
If you think there’s a possibility that insurance will pay for your surgery, it’s important to contact your provider early on in the process. Often, insurers will only pay for reconstructive surgery if all other options have been tried and exhausted.
A deep plane facelift can be expensive but there are ways to finance the surgery to make it more affordable or to allow it to work within your budget. Financing options include using a credit card to pay for the procedure or taking out a personal loan from a bank to cover the cost.
The surgical facility might also accept healthcare financing programs. One option is CareCredit, which is a credit card designed specifically for healthcare and medical expenses. The program offers low-interest rates and flexible repayment terms.
Prosper Healthcare Lending is another option. Like CareCredit, it’s designed specifically for healthcare financing.
When choosing a financing option, carefully consider the interest rate charged, the monthly payment required, and the length of the repayment period. Make sure you’re comfortable with your financing decisions before scheduling your surgery.
Learn More About Facelift Pricing Information Today
The Glasgold Group in Princeton, NJ accepts CareCredit and Prosper Healthcare Lending to help patients pay for their deep plane facelifts. Our practice also accepts payment via cash, credit card, and personal check. To learn more about your payment options and to get an estimate for a deep plane facelift, call 732-838-6758 to schedule a consultation today.