Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of a face lift or forehead lift?
A: In most cases, procedures done for purely cosmetic reasons are not covered by health insurance. Costs may be covered if a procedure is done to for a medical reason, such as to treat precancerous lesions.
Q: How long do the effects of a face lift or forehead lift last?
A: This depends on many factors, such as heredity and your life style. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and long exposure to the sun can all shorten the effectiveness of a face lift. Some people have a repeat procedure in five, 10, or 15 years. Other people never have a second procedure.
Q: How much scarring will be caused by this plastic surgery?
A: Scars from a face lift are usually hidden by hair and by the natural contour of the face. These scars usually fade over time until they can barely be seen.
Q: How long will I have to miss work?
A: A face lift is more involved than some other cosmetic procedures, such as fat injections, and as a result requires a longer recovery time. Usually, people spend two or three weeks at home before returning to work.
Q: Can I have more than one procedure done at once?
A: Yes, it may be possible to complete one or more procedures, such as eyelid surgery or liposuction, at the same time as a face lift to achieve the desired result. Discuss this with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Gary Alter, MD, before any procedures are scheduled.
Q: How can I hide scars, swelling, and redness until I return to normal?
A: Both men and women can use makeup techniques to disguise the temporary effects of cosmetic surgery.
Q: Can a face lift correct the excess skin around my eyes?
A: No, a face lift is designed to tighten the areas around the mouth, chin, and neck. A different procedure, called a blepharoplasty is used to improve the appearance of the eyes and eye lids.
Facelift: 48 year old female who underwent face and neck lift and lower eyelid blepharoplasty.