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Facelift Surgery: Costs & your Surgeon

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What is the cost of facelift surgery?

When facelift surgery is performed for acne scarring or for other medical conditions such as facial nerve palsy, then at least part of the cost will be recoverable from Medicare and your health insurance organization. When facelift surgery is performed for “cosmetic” reasons then a Medicare rebate does not apply.  In addition to the facelift, other surgery may be required such as surgery to the upper or lower eyelids (blepharoplasty), liposuction of the neck and jowls, a browlift or fat injections to the lips and cheeks. Because of this the cost of your facelift may vary widely.  Remember that, in addition to the surgeons fee, you must also allow for the anaesthetist’s  fee and the cost of the hospital or Day Procedure Centre.

Please call us at Avenue Plastic Surgery so that we can provide you with a total out-of-pocket cost and advise you if any rebates are applicable.

Who is the best plastic surgeon to perform facelift surgery?

You will find many plastic surgeons in Australia who are skilled and experienced at facelift surgery. It is important to check that your surgeon is a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Most plastic surgeons who perform facelift surgery are also members of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

It may be wise to consult your general practitioner as to who is a reputable plastic surgeon in your area. You may also be recommended to a plastic surgeon by a friend or relative.

It is often useful to obtain a second opinion from another plastic surgeon and then decide who you are most comfortable with. As in most things in life, the most expensive is not necessarily the best nor is the cheapest always the worst! Beware of advertisements and advice given in the media as these can be misleading. It is important to take into account your surgeon’s qualifications, their experience, the quality of information provided, their accessibility and, importantly the surgeon’s personality and how well you get along.

You will have to rely on your surgeon and you should be confident in his or her skill, judgment and commitment – especially if you have any post-operative complications or concerns. These days, facial rejuvenation surgery is not just about the surgery. The after care is most important.  The best plastic surgeon will have a team of nurses and dermal therapists who are able to provide you with comprehensive care.

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