Answers to Your Top Facelift Questions, From Facelift Scars to Cost

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You’ve got facelift questions, I’ve got answers.

As a facial plastic surgeon and facelift specialist, I know people often have a lot of questions about the surgery, what it involves, and what to expect. That’s why in this blog post, I’m answering some of the most-Googled questions about all things facelifts, including whether facelift scars are noticeable to the typical facelift cost.

Chances are no matter what you may be wondering about, you’re not the only one. Ready to get some answers to what the Internet wants to know? Read on.

Q: When can I go out in public without looking like I just had facelift surgery?

A: It’s normal to have some bruising and swelling for about 2 weeks after surgery. While some swelling may last a bit longer, most people find they can return to work and social activities within 2 or 3 weeks and easily cover up any remaining bruising with makeup.

Q: What do facelift scars look like?

A: I take great care to disguise facelift incisions along the hairline near your temples and in natural creases around your ears. Once your incisions heal, they should be barely visible—just thin, faint lines that blend seamlessly in with the natural edges of your face.

To illustrate, take a look at my facelift patients’ before-and-after photos below.

Before & After Facelift Surgery
Before & After Facelift Surgery
Before & After Facelift Surgery
Before & After Facelift Surgery
Before & After Facelift Surgery
Before & After Facelift Surgery

Q: How much does a facelift or mini facelift cost?

A: You can expect to pay about $18,000 to $25,000 for a deep plane facelift in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area and $15,000 to $20,000 for a mini facelift. Your cost will vary depending on the complexity of your procedure, whether you include any other procedures (such as a neck lift), and other individual factors.

The geographic location of your surgery also factors into your cost. Facelifts in rural areas are usually cheaper, and in large urban areas, they tend to cost more. For instance, the average cost of a facelift in Manhattan ranges from $45,000 to $75,000. You may also pay a little more for the peace of mind that comes with choosing a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

You can read more about what affects facelift pricing in our related blog post.

Q: How long should numbness last after a facelift?

A: Many people experience some degree of numbness along their incisions after a facelift. If this is the case for you, don’t worry; it’s normal and it’s temporary. While most numbness or tingling will go away within a few weeks, it may take a few months for it to resolve altogether.

Q: Is 40 too young for a facelift?

A: It’s entirely possible you’re ready for a facelift at 40—it’s more common than you may think. In 2022, 19% of all facelifts were performed on people aged 40 to 54, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you have lower facial sagging, jowls, a square face shape, flat cheeks, and loss of definition of your jawline, you’re likely a candidate for a facelift, or perhaps a mini facelift. Learn all about the differences between these surgeries in this previous blog post.

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Q: How painful is a facelift?

A: You may have some mild to moderate discomfort for the first few days after your facelift. Your face may seem taut, tender, and have a deeply bruised sensation. Over-the-counter painkillers may be all you need to keep this discomfort at bay, but I am happy to write you a prescription for medication to make sure you stay as comfortable as possible during that initial recovery period.

Q: Are facelifts worth it?

A: It’s up to you to decide whether a facelift is worth it. In my experience as a facial plastic surgeon, however, I’ve had the honor of performing more than 1,000 facelifts and seeing firsthand the difference they’ve made in people’s lives. By turning back the clock, facelifts help people feel like themselves again, giving them years of newfound confidence to enjoy. I’d call that worth it, and I think my patients would, too.

You can see more real examples of those transformations in my before-and-after photo gallery.

I hope this blog post answered any questions you may have had, but if it didn’t, please get in touch! Contact me online or give me a call at (480) 214-9955. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 Responses to Answers to Your Top Facelift Questions, From Facelift Scars to Cost

  • Doug says:

    I recently read about a vertical facelift done in San Diego, is that different than your technique? If so how is it? Very confusing to choose which is effective.

    • Dr. Todd Hobgood says:

      A vertical facelift simply refers to the direction or vector that is utilized on the deeper plane beneath the skin surface, when elevating the newly released tissues. I always use a vertical facelift during the course of performing our surgeries to reestablish the natural volume of the face and neck over the patient’s natural bone structure. This is the most technically accurate way to perform a natural facelift.

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