Last fact-checked: 23 February 2020
Halt the effects of aging with a facelift in Cancun - and book your surgery through Medical Departures to ensure you're seen to by an experienced specialist without paying more than you should.
Our faces tell a story and stresses and lifestyle factors can all be etched into our skin, contributing to deepening lines, drooping mouths and sagging jawlines. Genetics also play a part - some people just seem to age more gracefully than others – but it can be disheartening to see a reflection in the mirror that doesn’t resemble how you feel inside.
A facelift is not necessarily for everyone – and certainly the younger you are there are other options that may be more suitable for your age. The best candidates tend to be between 40 and 60, whose faces and necks have begun to sag, but who still have some elasticity in their skin, but they can be done successfully on older people in their 70’s and beyond.
One of the major reasons you may want to consider Cancun for a facelift is the price. It isn’t unusual to save as much as two-thirds on the price normally charged in the US.
Medical tourism throughout Mexico is increasing as more people not just from the United States and Canada, but from across the world, are looking for quality healthcare that they can afford. Investment is key to successful medical tourism and many of the popular facilities have invested heavily to offer patients exceptional quality as well as expertise they can rely on. If they didn’t, patients would soon stop coming.
Internationally-accredited hospitals and surgeons who have trained overseas are some of the positives in traveling to Cancun for surgery. You're also likely to find surgeons are members of international professional organizations, such as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Cancun is also a big draw thanks to its status as a world-famous holiday destination; people are familiar with its location, amenities and services. For the ultimate in relaxation in a tropical setting, it certainly can’t be beaten.
You should spend a little time when considering surgery abroad, especially a facelift, in doing your own research. Check out other patient testimonials and find out as much as you can about your surgeon: How many facelifts have they performed? What are their qualifications and experience? What professional organizations are they a member of?
No medical procedure can ever be guaranteed completely, but making sure all the boxes are ticked in terms of this basic information goes a long way in giving you peace of mind, which is why Medical Departures confirms these in our background checks, and why it is available for free on our listings.
Check out clinic photos (including before and after comparisons), maps, surgeon profiles, prices and more at these top clinics in Cancun that offer facelifts:
The actual surgery can last anywhere between one and six hours, depending on how extensive it is; a mini-lift can be completed in under two hours.
Facelifts are as individual as people and there is no one way of doing it. Cosmetic surgeons tailor procedures depending on what their patients need. Common facelift procedures may include:
After surgery, your face will feel swollen and bruised and this tends to move downwards to the neck as it starts to subside. Your face may feel tight and there may be some numbness. You should probably keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery, sleeping in an upright position bolstered by pillows. If you have drainage tubes these will be removed after a couple of days.
You will need to take things slowly, avoiding bending and lifting as well as saunas for at least two weeks. Many people return to work after a couple of weeks. Scarring should be easily disguised and any residual bruising should be able to be camouflaged with make-up.
It will be at least six weeks before you can resume vigorous activities and six months or so before you feel completely healed and your face has settled.
This obviously depends on the extent of your surgery. A full facelift in Cancun is around $4,000 (GBP £2,800; AUD $5,700; €3,600) compared to $12,000 in the United States (UK £8,300; AUS $17,000, EUR €11,000).
[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]
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