Last fact-checked: 20 February 2020
Visible signs of aging may be a part of life, but a facelift in Costa Rica can turn back the hands of time and give you that refreshed, youthful look you want. And the reason for heading to beautiful Costa Rica for surgery? Simple: the country is home to some fantastic plastic surgery clinics that offer this and many other cosmetic procedures for thousands less than back home.
Find out more about facelifts and how to schedule your free appointment with Medical Departures.
Along with improving the loss of skin tone, a facelift can also help to improve the appearance of creases around the eyelids, along the mouth, and the jowls. Sagging skin is typically the result of various factors, including stress, genetics, environmental conditions to which you may have been exposed, and of course, that thing called gravity.
Also known as a rhytidectomy, this restorative procedure isn't going to change the basic appearance of your face; instead, it will simply improve the contours and shape of your face. Patients who are considering a facelift should set realistic expectations and be aware that while effective, this procedure will not stop the aging process (it will just hide it!)
Snorkeling, world-class surfing, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mountain biking, lush tropical rainforests, miles of pristine beaches, and cultural visits to indigenous people are just a few of the reasons to visit Costa Rica. Add in the fact that Costa Rica has a first-class health system with English-speaking doctors, and much lower costs compared to other parts of the world and it is easy to see why so many people are now taking advantage of the opportunity to travel here for their medical procedures.
The medical facilities we have partnered with in Costa Rica all adhere to stringent quality standards, including those established by the International Standards Organization. Having said that, it is still important to do your own background research; simply Googling and going for the first place that matches your budget is always a gamble. This is where using a trusted online medical booking agency like Medical Departures helps. Our goal is to ensure you find a highly qualified facility and surgeon with an impeccable reputation. But why should you trust us?
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your individual goals from a facelift. The manner in which your surgeon proceeds will be based on your goals. A number of techniques may be used to achieve the look you desire. Such techniques include the removal and/or addition of fat, as well as the use of soft-tissue fillers. The most common areas to be targeted in a facelift include the jawline, jowls, midface, cheeks, and forehead.
Incisions will be made in various areas of the face in accordance with what both you and your surgeon have decided on in terms of your desired aesthetic result. Your surgeon will need to separate the skin from the face and neck while also manipulating the muscles and tissues within the skin. Layers of skin will also be lifted and repositioned, usually along the temples, cheeks, and neck. Based on your goals, it may be necessary to remove excess fat and skin. In some cases, implants will be inserted to add cheek or chin volume. Finally, the skin will be redraped and incisions closed using sutures or metal clips. A facelift usually takes up to four hours.
Following your procedure, you should expect the presence of drain tubes to help minimize swelling. Supportive dressings are also commonly used. Your healthcare team may advise you to rest in a reclining position to reduce swelling after your surgery. You should avoid bending over and keep your head elevated.
Regarding your recovery, it is worth noting that:
The average cost of a facelift in Costa Rica is $3,500 (GBP £2,491, EUR €3,227, AUD $4,820) compared to an average of $18,000 (GBP £12,397, EUR €16,159, AUD $25,369 in the United States.
With these kinds of prices in Costa Rica, it is common for our clients to save around $10,000 in total after factoring in travel and accommodation costs.
You can get started now by taking a look at these three leading facelift clinics in Costa Rica:
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