Many years ago the cost of a facelift was such that it was almost exclusively for the world’s rich and famous, and the idea of the average Jane in the street being able to afford one was nothing but fantasy. In the current day however this is a procedure which so many people have access to and that is because face lifts cost far less than they ever have. We spoke to a leading plastic surgeon about what he felt the reasons for this was, and why this procedure to help patients look and feel younger, is now a fraction of the cost that it once was.
Supply and Demand
One of the main reasons why this has occurred is down to supply and demand, and this has come about because of changing attitudes towards cosmetic surgery on the whole. Many years ago this was a terrifying procedure but in the modern age those taboos have been well and truly smashed. Now that so many know just how safe a procedure this is, they are more than happy to have it done, and that has meant that the demand increased. As this demand increased so too did the supply which brought about healthy competition, thus lowering the prices overall.
Over the years the techniques which have been used to give a face lift have also changed and that again has contributed towards a great lowering of the price of a face lift. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is the fact that patients now need significantly less time in the OR, and simply put, less hours mean less cost involved with the surgery. Remember that time in the OR is about more than just your occupation of the room, it is also about the nurses and the surgeon who need to be at work for those hours, you are paying for them all. The advanced procedures have greatly helped to bring the costs down to the patient.
What we have certainly seen over the last decade is that many surgeries are popping up in locations where they would never have been previously and that is why they too can pass the savings on to the patient. For example even now, with lower costs, the likes of Beverley Hills is still going to be at the higher end of the spectrum with regards to the cost of this procedure. For this reason, and to combat those higher costs, high level surgeons would look for places which cost less money in rent and where they could offer this kind of procedure at a far lower price than the likes of those surgeons in Beverley Hills and other expensive spots.
Much like so many cosmetic procedures, this is one which has seriously fallen in cost over the last decade or so and that is something which we can expect to continue in the coming years. Is this a procedure which you would have done?
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