Understanding Face Lifts
For men and women who are bothered by the facial marks of aging, undergoing rhytidectomy is a feasible option.
More commonly known as face lift, it is a surgical procedure that can help improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck specifically sagging, deep creases below the eyelids and along the nose and mouth, fallen or displaced fat, loss of muscle tone, loose skin and excess fat deposits.
According to PlasticSurgery.org, prospective patients for face lift must be physically healthy, non-smokers, and must be fully aware and realistic about the consequences of undergoing the operation. While a face lift will improve the facial effects of aging, it is not meant to alter one’s look or stop the actual aging process. It is also worth noting that undergoing face lift entails a life-long responsibility to take extra care of the operated area. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle and ensuring adequate sun protection will help maintain longer the rejuvenation brought by face lift.
Before undergoing face lift, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends asking the following questions to your surgeon:
- How many years of plastic surgery experience do you have?
- What surgical technique will you recommend for me?
- How long is the recovery period, and what should I expect?
- How can I expect my face to look over time?
- What risks and complications are associated with a face lift?
- How are complications handled?
- What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?
- Can you provide before and after photos?
- What reasonable results can I expect?
Finance for Plastic Surgery
According to 2013 figures from ASPS, the average surgeon fee for face lift is $6,556. This excludes cost for surgical facility, pre- and post-surgery medications, anesthesia, medical tests and other related expenses. The data also noted that last year saw more than 800 million dollars spent on face lift alone.
For prospective face lift clients, United Medical Credit (UMC) offers services to help clients obtain finance for plastic surgery by acting as an intermediary between clients and a network of long-trusted partners including competitive lenders, physicians and vendors. Clients can loan any amount between $500 to $20,000.
UMC’s patient lending solutions are flexible for clients which means they can schedule their procedures when it is most convenient for them. It currently covers, among others, body lift, scar removal, nose surgery, breast augmentation and hair restoration.
“For more than a decade now, UMC has been committed to helping people get the medical procedure they need,” Matthew Libman, UMC president, said. “Our longevity in the business is testament to the quality of service we provide, and it is a tradition that we will continue to uphold.”