Facelifts are one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed. This is hardly surprising given that, according to RealSelf.com, 95% of patients who have undergone a facelift said that the procedure was worth it. The popularity of facelifts has led to many prospective patients wondering how much might a Boston facelift cost, how are other people affording facelifts in the greater Boston area and is the procedure really worth it?

What is a facelift?

We all mature at different rates but one of the first places we notice the signs of aging is on our face. Often, as we enter our forties, creases around our mouth deepen, the skin on our cheeks loosens and sagging jowls appear beneath our jawline.

The good news is a facelift – or rhytidectomy – as reported by realself.com, effectively addresses all of these issues by tightening underlying muscles, lifting tissues, sculpting fat and removing excess skin.

And despite, or perhaps because of the surge of newer non-surgical techniques like Botox and filler, many patients are weighing up all of their options, and the facelift is experiencing a boost in popularity.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 123,685 people elected to have the procedure in 2019 – an increase of 2% on the previous year.

But many patients wonder how they can be sure the results from facial surgery will look natural, if the procedure is safe and how they can realistically afford it?

What are the pros and cons of a facelift?

The facelift was in the top 5 surgical procedures performed In America in 2019, so there’s no doubt about how favourably it’s perceived.

  • Facelifts can be vey effective at improving signs of aging for both men and women
  • It produces natural results and can make recipients look and feel younger
  • The procedure generally only takes 2- 5 hours depending on the operation chosen
  • Patients can often see results quickly and are ready to go out within two weeks
  • A full facelift is usually long lasting – the Mayo Clinic says it can be expected to last 10 years
  • Patients can expect comparatively low scarring.

But of course, there are other factors to consider:

  • In some cases, the full results can take a full year to see
  • Some scars may fade but never permanently disappear
  • Surgery can be expensive and it isn’t covered by insurance
  • And there are, of course, risks to facelift surgery.

Who makes a good facelift candidate?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says, in general, good candidates for a facelift are healthy with no underlying health conditions, non-smokers with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.

They will have visible signs of aging, including sagging cheeks and jowls as well as marionette lines and banding across the neck.

Often patients are 50 and over, but New York surgeon, Dr Andrew Jacono, studied 157 of his patients who chose to have a facelift while still in their forties and notes that the age of women seeking surgical cosmetic procedures at his clinic seems to be steadily lowering.

How much does a Boston facelift cost?

Because a facelift is an elective procedure, it isn’t usually covered by insurance and the price tag depends on the type of facelift chosen. Read our blog about “The Types of Facelift in Boston“.

There are all kinds of figures bandied around online for Boston Facelift cost but some lower figures may be misleading. Patients need to make sure they calculate the expected cost based not just on their surgeon’s fee but also on the operating room costs, anaesthesia, additional appointments and medication.

According to board-certified-surgeon, Dr Michael Suzman, $15,000 is within the range of the true cost for a facelift while allure.com says to count on investing between $12,000 and $40,000.

Of course, the final figure depends on the complexity of the selected procedure and the surgeon’s level of training, experience and location.

However, the cost doesn’t mean a facelift with a skilled, board-certified surgeon is out of reach and every case is different. Many doctors report that patients commonly organise their budget so that they can use payment plans or credit cards to finance their procedure and/or save up in advance to pay for their op in cash.

Common ways to fund a facelift in Boston

Setting Up A Savings Account

If you are willing to wait for your facelift procedure, you may want to consider setting up a savings account to cover the entire or part of your surgery in advance.

The main benefit of saving for the procedure in advance is that patients can undergo surgery with the knowledge that they have budgeted for the surgery to take a lot of potential pressure off their finances in the future.

The trade-off is that patients wanting surgery immediately, without having saved ahead of time, may have to wait before moving forward.

Patients considering this option may want to review Finder.com’s article on nearly 100 savings accounts to help people compare what options are available to them.

Financing and CareCredit

If you are wanting to have your facelift surgery in the near future and are comfortable spreading the cost of your procedure into the medium and long-term, then financing options may be suitable for you.

One of the most popular financing options available is CareCredit – a credit card designed specifically to cover healthcare bills. CareCredit offers a health and wellness card that’s accepted by over 200,000 providers across the country.

CareCredit states that no interest is charged, if a provider offers promotion financing, with shorter term financing of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months on purchases of $200 or more as long as the minimum monthly payments are made and the full amount is paid at the end of the promotional period. Interest is charged after this date.

This means a $19,000 facelift cost (realself.com), may work out at $3,167 per month over 6 months, $1,584 per month over 12 months or $792 a month over 2 years.

Please note that not all providers offer promotion financing. For more terms and conditions, and to put in your own figures, check out the CareCredit calculator here.

How long does recovery take?

Patients can usually go home the same day as their operation having had a general or local anaesthetic. They are likely to feel groggy the first day and will need support from family and friends. As plasticsurgery.org’s recovery diary describes, “day one is usually when you most need pain medication to stay on top of discomfort”.

On average, a facelift means 10-14 days of downtime. Bruising and swelling during this time are normal – a compression garment might be worn around the lower face for around a week. Doctors also advise keeping the head elevated for a few days to reduce swelling and to minimize strenuous activities like working out for a few weeks until they give their patient the green light.

What are the specific risks that need to be considered?

Healthline.com says, as with any surgery, there are possible complications to be aware of. These include risks arising from the anaesthesia, infection, numbness, scarring, blood clots, cardiac complications and poor results.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states while the risks are rare, all questions should be addressed directly to the surgeon and risks should be fully discussed prior to consent.


As with all cosmetic procedures, choosing the right one for you starts with research.

Patients should find, and meet, a selection of board-certified surgeons who are experienced in treating the issues they would like to address. By comparing the information they gather from a number of consultations, they have a better chance of finding the most qualified doctor to treat them with whom they can also build a rapport.

Dr. Markarian loves answering patients’ questions and truly believes the best patients are those that are fully informed about the procedure and the Boston Facelift cost.

Following your consultation and if you decide to move forward, it’s then just a matter of looking forward to achieving a naturally, more youthful appearance, for years to come.


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