High SMAS Facelift Cost
The cost of a high SMAS facelift is primarily dependent on the experience of the surgeon who performs the procedure. It is also dependent on where the procedure is performed. If the procedure is performed in the office setting under local anesthetic it usually ranges between $6000-$10,000.
If the procedure is done under general anesthetic at a surgery center you would need to add about $2500-$3000. These are rough estimates. I would be cautions about bargain shopping for a facelift and would also be cautious about how the procedure is performed.
I do office based procedures as well surgery center based procedures. Some patients can tolerate a high SMAS facelift under local anesthetic in an office setting very well. Others are not good candidates for local anesthesia and should pay the difference for the surgery center cost.
If that means that the cost would be a bit more then save your money. You won’t regret being patient. Many patients regret being impatient. (Todd C. Miller, MD, Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon)
Cost of a facelift will vary depending on the city and surgeon. The cost of a high SMAS facelift in our office is roughly $12,000, which includes the operating room, anesthesia, and surgeon’s fee for performing the procedure in our surgery center.
Just remember there are a wide variety of techniques available that different surgeons perform and not all results are equal. It is important to compare overall results of what you are anticipating from your perspective surgeon.For examples of high SMAS facelift, please see our facelift photo gallery on our web site. (William Portuese, MD, Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon)
A SMAS Facelift fees vary across the country and even in the same city. We start our high SMAS facelift at $5000 + MD Anesthesia related fees. (Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS, West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon)
The cost of a high SMAS facelift will involve the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and facility. This varies greatly from one part of the country to another. I would get at least two price quotes from surgeons. (Vishnu Rumalla, MD, Dallas Plastic Surgeon)
The fees for a high SMAS facelift will vary around the country. This could be as little as $5000 up to $25000. (Steven Wallach, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)
There are many components of a facelift surgery, the most important being the surgeon. Every surgeon will have a different approach to incisions, how the tissue is lifted, meticulous nature in the operating room, and experience with facial anatomy.
High SMAS facelift is the way to go
I am a huge proponent of the high SMAS flap and SMAS excision for getting the most out of a facelift. There is just now comparison to skin only and SMAS plication. There is so much more movement with the SMAS facelift then the other techniques and the longevity is much greater. The cost of a high SMAS facelift is variable depending on who is doing it and where it is being done. In Beverly HIlls, the cost may be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or up (again, depending on who is doing it). (Jay Calvert, MD, FACS, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)
Find the surgeon you are most comfortable with. Do the surgery when you can afford it. If the surgeon feels he can help you and you are a good candidate then cost is a secondary consideration. (Larry Weinstein, MD, Morristown Plastic Surgeon)
There is too cheap and too expensive SMAS facelift
There are a wide variety of surgical approaches and a wide variety of surgeons. Costs to the patient are lower today than they were 2 years ago.
Unfortunately, expenses for the surgeon remain the same. Therefore, from a cost perspective of facility, anesthesia, and staffing, cost of a well performed Facelift will probably be in the $8,000-15,000 range. It isn’t technically feasible to do a procedure and pay the overhead mentioned above in an accredited facility (AAAASF, AAAHC, JCAHO, or ACHA).
Since you get what you pay for, use price as a guide, but not the sole determining factor. If you do, you will experience a “short cut” procedure and a poor result. (Stephen Prendiville, MD, Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon)
There is no such thing as “just one high SMAS lift”. Therefore it is hard to give any definitive cost estmate. Costs will vary based on length of operation (2-6 hours), anesthesia, facility, overnight stay, etc.
Generally speaking the prices will vary anywhere from $5-20,000. (Otto Joseph Placik, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)
Cost should be your final issue in deciding where to go
This is your face and you get only one good shot at a great result. No 2 surgeons are alike and no 2 will give you exactly the same result. Go to the doctor whom you believe is the very best and save your money until you can afford the procedure.
It is much better to do it this way than to go for an inexpensive price and get a bad result and then have to go to a better doctor for a fix that will never be as good as if it was done well in the first place. (Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)
It depends on the surgeon and the surgery.
Some surgeons “tighten” the high SMAS when they do a minilift which takes 1/2 the time as a full face lift with neck remodeling. So, it depends on what you need. See an experienced face lift surgeon who will tell you what is best for you.
Make sure you like his work, because that’s what you’ll be getting. (Toby Mayer, MD, Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon)