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Plumplum
2 years ago
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Is this true?

I want a mini facelift and the doctor said I have to get it done at the surgical facility because thge have better sutures and he'd be able to tighten it better.

I scheduled it and on the paperwork the wrote "bilateral prearicular face tightening I asked why and was told that way the facility won't charge as much as they would than if they wrote "mini facelift." Should I believe this?

Procedure: Facelift
Location: St louis, MO

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon

A mini facelift can be performed in my office based surgery center with good sutures.. I don;t know why a surgi-center would have "better" sutures. I'm not sure about the second part of the question.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. Most surgical centers will be able to obtain any suture a surgeon desires for their procedure, assuming enough lead time. As for the facility charges this is something that would need to be addressed with them directly.

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Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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Plumplum,

Sounds as if you are looking for the most economic approach to have a mini facelift? Bang for your buck is what web all desire. Sutures vary widely in price with some costing as much as 3 to 4 times others. Consider keeping in mind that in some patients mini facelifts can have very limited duration of effect (i.e a few years??) compared to other facelift or facial rejuvenation procedures/ techniques.

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Michael Law
ASPS Surgeon
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If you have doubts about whether or not your surgeon is truthful, this may not be the best match for you.

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