What is a facelift?
The facelift is a type of cosmetic surgery that helps reduce the signs of aging. It typically involves the removal of excess skin and/or the tightening of muscles and other tissues under the skin. Other related procedures may be involved or included in the definition of the term.
What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?
India, Costa Rica, Singapore, South Korea, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia.
What is the range of prices?
In the U.S., Canada, and U.K., a facelift often costs anywhere from $7,000 and $15,000,
$6,000 to $7,000 in Turkey and South Korea,
$5,500 to $7,500 in Brazil,
$4,500 in Costa Rica,
$4,000 to $7,500 in Singapore,
$3,500 to $6,500 in Malaysia,
$2,500 to $3,500 in India.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
Even under the best conditions in the top domestic hospitals, facelift may lead to serious complications. These include scarring, bleeding nerve damage, infections, hair loss, and more.
This is especially true when combined with the stress of international travel after surgery. Complications are also more likely if the procedure is performed in a facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.
In such cases, complications have been known to include severe infection with multiple drug resistant bacteria, ruptured sutures, permanent deformity, and even death.
A widely reported story involved an Australian woman who traveled to Singapore to save $2,500 on a facelift. After nerve damage caused half of her face to collapse, she ended up spending $10,000 back home to have the damage repaired.