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How Much Is a Face Lift? Cost Breakdown

Facelifts are a fairly standard procedure in the world of plastic surgery. Signs of aging may become more prominent over time due to environmental damage...

How Much Is a Face Lift? Cost Breakdown

Facelifts are a fairly standard procedure in the world of plastic surgery. Signs of aging may become more prominent over time due to environmental damage and lifestyle choices. When symptoms of aging appear on the skin, some people may turn to cosmetic surgery to help minimize their appearance. 

Facelifts can provide solutions to people looking to turn back the clock. Still, because of the very sensitive nature of this cosmetic procedure, it can be costly, especially when you seek out veteran plastic surgeons with decades of experience. 

We have answers if you are considering this surgical enhancement and ask how much a facelift costs and what it entails. We have also included suggestions for alternative treatment if a facelift does not work for you.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, or a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin on the face and neck to help improve apparent signs of aging, like folds and sagging of the cheeks and the jawline. 

Facelifts are not typically used to reverse textural aging like fine lines, wrinkles, or sun damage but instead focus more on the structural appearance of the skin. Concerns like saggy cheeks, deep folds along the nose, mouth, and jawline, or excess fat and sagginess on the neck may be addressed with a facelift. 

A traditional facelift is performed by pulling the skin on both sides of your face backward from an incision near the ear. The result is a more tight and lifted appearance. 

What Is the Average Cost of a Face Lift?

According to experts, a facelift's average cost is around $8,005. However, depending on your state and the level of expertise of your surgeon, it can cost upwards of $25,000. 

However, this price usually does not include additional expenses that will be necessary for a proper surgery and recovery experience, such as:

  • Anesthesia fees 
  • Operating room or facility fees 
  • Surgeon's fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical test
  • Post-surgery garments

You will have to consult your facility to assess the total cost of the surgery and aftercare. A great rule of thumb for budgeting for plastic surgery is to overestimate your expenses. Even during a routine surgery, complications may cause you to spend more, so account for extra costs when setting aside funds. 

Alternative Methods of Treatment

Facelifts have become a standard cosmetic procedure performed by thousands of surgeons, but the idea of elective surgery may only be for some. 

For example, maybe you live a busy lifestyle and won’t be able to take the necessary downtime to recover fully. If you cannot take around two or three weeks off so your body can heal, a facelift may not be the right choice — but other options are available. 

Let us introduce you to our intelligent microcurrent skin care regimen, the NuFACE MINI+, and TRINITY+ devices. 

NuFACE microcurrent facial toning devices are FDA-cleared to lift and tone your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time. This is a great non-invasive option at a much more affordable price point that allows you to take control of your skin, without surgery or needles.

These intelligent devices sync with the app-exclusive NuFACE 3-Depth Technology that works your skin down to the muscular level for the ultimate firming and blurring effect. The NuFACE Smart App also gives you step-by-step tutorials on how to use your device so you can shape your face under the direction of experienced professionals. It’s like having an esthetician right in the palm of your hand.

To make the most of your microcurrent treatment, pair each device with one of our Aqua Gel or Silk Crème Activators. The Aqua Gel Activator hydrates your skin for a soft and supple finish. The Silk Crème Activator aims to firm and brighten the skin for a radiant complexion lasting up to 48 hours after just one use. 

Our esthetician-created activators are powered by clean ingredients such as our proprietary blend, IonPlex®, and hyaluronic acid, which conducts the microcurrent treatment and enhances the device’s ability to glide seamlessly across your skin as you treat. 

Each starter kit is equipped with activators and a Clean Sweep Brush for a mess-free application. The device will automatically power down after 20 minutes, so you don’t risk overtreating your skin. Always follow up with eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF for the best results!

MINI+ Starter Kit

If you are a newcomer to microcurrent treatment, we suggest you start with our more beginner-friendly device, the MINI+ Starter Kit

This petite facial toning device is designed to blur fine lines and tighten the skin on the cheeks, forehead, neck, and jowls in just minutes, making it perfect for on-the-go treatment that is quick and effective. So if you want to be able to sculpt your face but don’t have the downtime or resources needed for a facelift, the MINI+ might be right for you. In addition, it’s sleek and compact, so it’s fantastic for lifting on-the-go. 

TRINITY+ Starter Kit 

If you’re seeking pro-level treatment, we recommend our TRINITY+ Starter Kit

The TRINITY+ works with three different attachments delivering the power of two other technologies: advanced LED red light therapy and a targeted microcurrent for targeted treatment around the eyes, brows, mouth, and lips. The TRINITY+ is better suited for people with more advanced signs of aging so you can maximize correcting the more well-formed skin changes and pinpointing the trouble areas. The TRINITY+ is also equipped with a BOOST button to add 25% more microcurrent to targeted treatment areas. This can be helpful to reverse advanced signs of aging or enhance facial symmetry. 

In one of our case studies, over ninety percent of users saw improvement in their cheek contour after the first use. After 60 days of treatment, 91% of users noticed increased firmness in their jowls, and 93% saw a reduction in deep folds around their mouths or foreheads. 

Whatever device you choose, this alternative method of recapturing your face's youthfulness can effectively enhance your features without the need for invasive procedures. 

Our devices are made to be easy to use right from the comfort of your home so you can avoid any recovery periods and costly fees. Treating with microcurrent can give you many of the perks of a face lift without the hassle of surgery.


Facelifts are a common cosmetic enhancement that can help combat facial sagging. However, facelifts aren’t for everyone — from the recovery period and downtime to the cost and procedure itself, you’re not alone if this option doesn’t sound right. 

Microcurrent treatment may be the perfect option if you’re looking for a simple alternative that can still bring high-quality results.


Face Lift | Mayo Clinic

Facelifts Cost | American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Facelift (Rhytidectomy) | Cleveland Clinic

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