Dear Dr. Dave & Dr. Dee,
I have saved $2,000 for a vacation, but am thinking of a face lift instead. I have some vacation days coming up, and thought that I could get a face lift during this time. But, I would tell my coworkers that I went on vacation and that is why I look so refreshed when I return. What do you think?
Need a Refresher
Dear Need a Refresher,
Recovery from a face lift takes time, and some swelling and bruising may last about two weeks or more. So, depending on how long your "vacation" is, you may be back at work looking refreshed or a little bruised up.
In addition, the costs for a face lift range from $7,000 to $9,000. This cost might be even higher depending on whether other areas of the face are worked on such as the eyelids, below the eye, or skin procedures performed (see plastic surgery price list below).
Be sure the surgeon you choose is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or listed on the Specialist Register for plastic surgeons if you are located in the United Kingdom.
InfoPlasticSurgery.com provides details about the various plastic surgeries and their associated costs (www.infoplasticsurgery.com). The plastic surgery prices listed below include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia fee, operating room fee, and implant fee and are the average cost across the United States.
Arm Lift $5,000 to 6,500
Blue Peel $500 to 700
Botox $200 to 400 per area
Breast Augmentation $5,500 to 6,500
Chin or Cheek Implants $3,000 to 4,500
Collagen Injection $500 to 1,500
Deep Chemical Peel $3,500 to 5,000
Dermabrasion $2,000 to 4,000
Eyelid Tuck (upper & lower) $4,000 to 5,500
Face Lift $7,000 to 9,000
Forehead Lift L(Brow lift) $3,500 to 5,000
Hair Removal (Laser) $300 to 800
Laser (Erbium) $2,500 to 4,000
Laser (CO2) $4,000 to 5,000
Lip Augmentation $600 to 2,000
Liposuction (1 area) $2,500 to 4,500
Liposuction (3 areas) $5,500 to 7,000
Medium Peel $1,500 to 2,500
Micro Peel $60 to 100
Nose Surgery $5,000 to 6,000
Pectoral Implants $6,000 to 7,000
Permanent Eyeliner $300 to 1,000
Permanent Lip Liner $300 to 1,000
Spider Vein Rx (Laser) $400 to 1,000
Spider Vein Rx (Sclero) $200 to 500
Tattoo Removal (Laser) $300 to 800
Tummy Tuck $6,000 to 8,000
For updated plastic surgery prices and information, see www.infoplasticsurgery.com