Last fact-checked: 15 September 2020
For a radical approach to combat the signs of aging, a facelift could be the answer. If you have been put off by the high prices at home, it's worth looking abroad—with many of the quality-checked hospitals and clinics listed on our site charging up to 70% less.
Discover top facelift surgeons in places like Mexico, Thailand, Bali, Turkey, the Philippines and other South American, European and Asian countries with help from Medical Departures.
A facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is one of the most complete approaches to treating aging skin. The surgery removes excess skin and tightens the tissues and muscles underneath. It can correct a range of problems including jowls, double chins, sagging and lines. Although there are now a variety of non-surgical, minimally invasive ‘lifts,’ surgical facelifts are still considered to be the most effective way of achieving a more youthful-looking face.
The main advantages of having a facelift are that it can improve many areas of the face in one procedure and make you look years younger. The effects can last around 10 years, whereas you may only notice the effects of non-surgical treatment for a few months.
You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you are in good general health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and you have one or more of these characteristics:
You will be given comprehensive instructions by your doctor before your facelift surgery. These may include making certain lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking to improve blood flow or weight loss, as required. You should also avoid taking medication that increases blood loss, such as aspirin.
Some other tips and considerations worth bearing in mind while you are still recuperating include:
Recovery is an essential part of any surgery, so do take note of the following considerations before deciding whether facelift surgery is for you:
Depending on where you go in the world you can expect to save at least 50% on facelift costs abroad and in some cases up to 80%.
As an example, facelifts in the United States may set you back around $18,000, which is compared to:
[Please: the above-mentioned average prices are estimates based on data at the time of writing. These can be found on our clinic listing pages]
Browse through our top-rated clinics in numerous destinations around the world; compare prices, read authenticated patient reviews, see before-and-after photos and, once you've made a decision, you can book through our site to secure the best prices online.
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Whitlock, Jennifer, RN, MSN, FN. 10 Ways To Improve Your Recovery After Surgery. Very Well Health. February 2020. https://www.verywellhealth.com/post-surgery-recovery-tips-and-guide-3156833