The Cost of Plastic Surgery: Dr. LeRoy Analyzes Factors Influencing the Price of a Facelift

The Cost of Plastic Surgery:  Dr. LeRoy Analyzes Factors Influencing the Price of a FaceliftFacial cosmetic surgery has seen several major changes since the nation began facing economic stressors several years ago.  Facial rejuvenation patients who would have opted for traditional versions of cosmetic surgery, like a full facelift or both upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) less than a decade ago, have instead elected to pursue minimally invasive, more cost effective versions.  In an effort to dispel the inflated, high price tag reputation of cosmetic surgery, Dr. John LeRoy would like to examine the components of plastic surgery cost.

Most Atlanta cosmetic surgeons charge a similar amount for a facelift.  The exact price of facial plastic surgery will vary depending upon the following: doctor’s fees (determined based on a surgeon’s experience), anesthesiologist fees, hospital fees, and material costs.  We’re using the facelift as an example here, but the prices of other facial cosmetic procedures such as facial liposuction, facial implants, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are usually tabulated similarly.

Doctor’s fees for facelift surgery consist of compensation for the time spent by the surgeon completing the respective procedure, the difficulty of the procedure, and the number of areas being treated (i.e.- a full facelift vs. a partial facelift in which the plastic surgeon addresses a particular region of the face.)  Some plastic surgeons may decrease the amount they charge if they are to perform several plastic surgeries in combination.

Like plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists charge based on the amount of time a person is to remain under anesthesia, the type of drugs necessary (i.e. local anesthesia vs. general anesthesia), and the complexity (any outside  health concerns present during surgery).  The conditions of particular interest during surgery that would require an anesthesiologist’s added focus include:  high blood pressure, diabetes, and the presence of certain medications within the body’s systems which could interact with the anesthesia drugs.

Most plastic surgery offices are not equipped with appropriate space to safely perform cosmetic surgery.  Therefore, most must pay to use a hospital’s space so that the doctor will have the equipment necessary to safely and effectively operate.  Fortunately, Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid Facelift can be performed in-office because it only requires local anesthesia, and Dr. LeRoy possesses the proper tools to monitor vital signs and perform procedures without compromising patient safety.  Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures (i.e.- dermal injections, facial fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments) do not typically require hospital stay or fees; however, not all cosmetic issues can be resolved with such procedures and thus justifying the necessity of such costs.

Material costs regularly include the expenses for specialized surgical instruments and recovery aids.  Unlike tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or liposuction which requires specialty post-operative undergarments for proper healing, most facial surgery can be completed using relatively routine surgical tools.  Some surgeons employ the use of specialty stitching tools to minimize scarring after a facelift, but most fees of this nature are relatively straight forward.

Dr. LeRoy emphasizes the fact that while every surgeon may bill using a similar formula, an exact price for plastic surgery can only be determined after a personal cosmetic consultation between the patient and their prospective surgeon.  Visit Dr. LeRoy’s website or blog to learn more about the cost of a facelift, breast augmentation cost, or liposuction.