How Much Does a Face Lift Cost?

January 24, 2020

As a preeminent face lift surgeon, Dr. Ahn is often asked about the cost of a face lift or mini lift. To get to the answer, we need to delve a little deeper into what areas/problems are of concern. We can provide a range of costs over the phone or by email but the specific amount won’t be known until you have been evaluated by Dr. Ahn, in person, during a thorough consultation. As with other cosmetic services, these procedures are not covered by insurance.


Well first we need to figure out what procedures are appropriate for you. When you reach out to our office, we will ask you what areas concern you most. From there we can direct you to the right procedures for your needs. It is VERY common for people to say they think they need a face lift but are not sure what kind of lift they need.

As a first step to help clarify, let’s explain briefly the types of face lifts that are commonly performed.

The Full Face Lift.

  • Most surgeons don’t use this term anymore as it is not very specific. That being said, a full face lift typically includes surgery of the browseyes, lower face and neck all in one setting.

The Lower Face Lift.

  • This procedure focuses on lifting the jowls and improving the jawline contour. It is done through curved incisions that follow the contour of the ears.
  • The type of Lower Face Lift performed by Dr. Ahn is the gold standard Deep Plane Face Lift (PLEASE LINK TO FACE LIFT PAGE).
  • It is often done with a Neck Lift as most patients who have jowls also have neck related concerns.

The Mini Lift.

  • This surgery also focuses on lifting the jowls but is done through SHORTER incisions.
  • It is perfect for patients who have less extra skin to tailor than those who need a lower face lift.
  • The Mini Lift that Dr. Ahn performs is also performed using the gold standard Deep Plane Lift technique.
    • It is just as effective as a Lower Face Lift in lifting the jowls.
    • It does NOT have a “mini” effect in terms of the extent of improvement or how long it lasts. It is as effective as the Deep Plan Lower Face Lift in lifting the jowls and lasts equally long.

The Neck Lift

  • This procedure focuses on improving the neck contour.
  • It is most often done in combination with a Mini Lift (Mini Lift with Neck Lift) OR a Lower Face Lift (Lower Face and Neck Lift).
  • It is done through a small incision under the chin that is very discreet once healed.
  • It targets the most common aging neck problems including:
    • Loose skin
    • Vertical “turkey” bands
    • Neck fullness

Based on what procedure you need, then the approximate cost can be provided before the consultation. At the consultation, after you have been fully examined by Dr. Ahn, we can figure out the exact cost.


The cost of a mini or lower face lift with or without a neck lift, including facility and anesthesia fees ranges from $11,000 to $25,000 depending on the complexity of the case. The patient’s natural anatomy, and any previous face or neck surgery, can affect the complexity of the surgery.

Please remember that surgery is a team effort that includes the surgeon, operating room staff and the anesthesia providers. As such, the total cost will include:

  • The surgeon’s fee
  • The anesthesia fee.
  • The cost for the facility at the Join Commission Accredited Aesthetic Surgery Center. (PLEASE LINK TO SURGICAL FACILITY)


The Aesthetic Wellness Center also offers financing to pay for surgery costs. Find out more about our financing options and schedule your own consultation with Dr. Ahn.

FAQs about Deep Plane Facelift

March 12, 2018

Facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that is tailored to each patient’s unique needs. There are different techniques that a plastic surgeon can use, including the Deep Plane Facelift. Considered to be the gold standard in facelift techniques, the deep plane facelift offers the most long-lasting and comprehensive results.

The Aesthetic Wellness Center’s Dr. Min S. Ahn answers frequently asked questions about the deep plane facelift technique in this blog post.

How does Deep Plane Facelift differ from traditional facelift?

The Deep Plane Facelift is more effective than a traditional facelift in lifting the jowls, defining the jawline, improving the nasolabial fold (laugh lines) and repositioning the cheek pad to improve the midface. A traditional facelift relies on tightening the skin with limited lifting of the underlying muscle layer (SMAS layer).  The Deep Plane Facelift goes further by releasing 4 small ligaments that are “tethering” the SMAS layer. When the surgeon releases these ligaments, the SMAS/muscle layer, the jowls, and cheek pad move much more freely. Even after the surgeon removes the extra skin, there is NO tension on the skin edges and therefore NO “pulled” look.

Who is a candidate for Deep Plane Facelift?

The best candidates for Deep Plane Facelift are individuals with sagging jowls and midface with loose neck skin who desire longer-lasting results.

How is Deep Plane Facelift performed?

The Deep Plane Facelift is performed as an outpatient procedure. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, all surgeries are performed under safe, gentle IV sedation (similar to a colonoscopy). During the procedure, the surgeon creates discreet, small, curved incisions starting at the temple hairline, extending inside the ear canal, and ending in the hair behind the ear. The surgeon separates the skin from the SMAS layer and releases the deep layers of muscle and tissue underneath the SMAS. The SMAS, jowls and cheek pad are then lifted and repositioned. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped for a youthful and tension-free appearance. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.

What should I expect during recovery?

Recovery from deep plane facelift typically requires 2 weeks of “social” downtime. Swelling and bruising are normal and are largely resolved by 2 weeks. Patients should rest with their head elevated as much as possible.

Ultimately, Dr. Ahn will advise you on when you can return to work and resume normal activities based on your personal healing progress.

How can I learn more about facelift?

Dr. Ahn will gladly meet with you to answer all of your questions about facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Ahn will discuss your aesthetic needs and goals with you to determine whether deep plane facelift is right for you.

To schedule a consultation, please call (508) 876-3146 today.