Facelift – Permanent solution for your wrinkles and skin sagging!

What is a facelift?

A facelift also known in medicine as rhytidectomy is a surgical intervention in aesthetic and plastic surgery of the human face. The procedure allows you to tighten the facial skin and underlying connective tissue, thereby giving it more tension, which looks like “smooth skin” in the human eye.

Types of Facelift

Face lift operations cover lifting procedures containing three sections the upper, mid and lower parts of the face. These three sections are conventionally divided at the level of the eyebrows and nostrils by horizontal lines. First, signs of aging are noted in the upper zone, then in the middle, and further in the lower and in the neck. Face lift operations are mostly preferred after the age 50. This operation can be combined with upper and lower eyelid operation and fat transfer.

New face designed with a face rejuvenation operation must create a natural and specific look. Results that could disturb the patients must be shared with the patient before the operation. Face lift is a very serious and important operation. Therefore, a plastic surgeon who builds successful communication with the patient should be chosen.

Indications for a circular facelift are drooping of the outer corners of the eyes, deep nasolabial folds, sagging and drooping soft tissues of the face and “double” chin. It is impossible to perform facelift if the patient has diseases (exacerbated chronic diseases, oncological, infectious, endocrinological) or blood clotting is impaired.

The lifting may affect the eyebrows and forehead, middle area, lower 2/3 of the face, neck. You can also perform a circular tightening of three zones together. It is possible to use endoscopic techniques.

Carrying out a circular facelift procedure

The operation takes 2 to 6 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made in front of the ear, then around it along the groove behind the ear. Depending on the situation, excess skin is removed or moved, and the plasty of the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system is performed. The surgeon then sutures.

What is Indications For Facelift 

Manifestations of age-related changes in the upper and lower parts of the face have different intensities. The face shape of a 35-40 year old woman resembles a triangle with an upwardly directed base. Rejuvenating surgery of the upper 2/3 of the face is often indicated for patients in this age group. After forty, the medial displacement of the soft tissues of the cheek forms a pronounced nasolabial fold, and in the area of ​​the corners of the mouth – folds of the “puppet” and “flew”. A triangle with an upward-directed base transforms into a vertically oriented rectangle. The above changes are indications for lifting the lower 2/3 of the face and neck. The division of indications for the type of surgery by passport age is conditional. During the consultation, we will determine the optimal treatment regimen and tactics for you.

Who is a Facelift Suitable For?

A facelift can be an effective way to improve your appearance and build self-confidence, but this procedure is not suitable for everyone. Generally healthy patients with relatively thin skin may achieve the best results. A facelift is usually performed on patients aged 40–60 years, but good results can be achieved even at the age of 70–80 years. A circular facelift is recommended for healthy women and men who show the following signs of aging:

  • Loss of skin elasticity, deep wrinkles on the cheeks and cheekbones
  • Excess skin, folds and excess fatty tissue in the neck
  • Fuzzy jawline
  • Deep nasolabial folds

Despite the fact that facelifts provide excellent results in most cases, the procedure should be treated with caution if the patient suffers from the following problems:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting problems, risk of thrombosis
  • When healing wounds, visible scars remain
  • If you suffer from the above problems, notify your doctor

How is facelift operation made?

Facelift operation generally starts with the fat injection. Fat tissue taken from the patient’s own body is injected into desired areas. Ones who had facelift can also have forehead and eyebrow lift.  This step is recommended to patients who have problems in the upper part of their faces. In this procedure that is realized endoscopically, incision is extended to the temporal side. Mid-face lift procedure is completed through the lower incision.

Typically, with a facelift, surgery is limited to the deep subcutaneous tissue. In exceptional cases, for example, when lifting the cheeks, manipulations can extend to the periosteum below the zygomatic bone. Also, the deeper structures are affected by the correction in the neck area and to obtain long-term results; for example, platysma plastic (thin muscle in the neck).

To lift a specific area, it is pulled together with sutures, which may or may not be absorbable, and attached to fixed structures, while the pulling of different areas also occurs in different directions. Lift usually results in the formation of excess skin, which is removed before the skin is sewn back together discreetly and without tension.

A facelift can be done endoscopically using a camera or several small incisions. The latter method is mainly used on the forehead because there is usually no excess skin. There are also options for the operation without incisions. Due to the thread lifting with gold or synthetic threads and hooks, incisions are no longer necessary, but since excess skin cannot be removed here, this procedure is limited to younger patients.

How is full facelift operation made?

Full facelift operations start from the front of the ear and ends at its back. Full face lift operations are made by lifting the skin with an incision from the back of the ear to the scalp. If the patient has no drooping in his/her neck, the scar is left by the ear, and this procedure can also be called face lift with a short scar.

This cosmetic operation is the procedure of suturing and lifting and shaping the layer beneath the skin that contains our mimic muscles, and it is very important for the patient not to regain its former facial form. If there is drooping or excess fat in the neck and double chin, fats are removed with the help of vaser liposuction. If the patient has wrinkles in his/her neck, the neck is opened with a short incision from the chin and neck muscles are sutured together. This procedure makes the angle of the neck prominent.

How should the patient get prepared before facelift operation?

One should not take aspirin, smoke and consume alcohol for three weeks preceding the operation. It is recommended to avoid blood thinners within the last week before the operation. 

For the best results from a circular facelift, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions. 

  • Refrain from smoking for 3-4 months before surgery and for several weeks after surgery.
  • Do not take medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Grow your hair so you can hide scars underneath.

What to expect during facelift recovery?

Recovery begins immediately after surgery. A bandage may be applied to your face to help regulate the swelling, and small drainage tubes may be placed under your skin to keep fluid from collecting.After surgery you may have inevitable pain,discomfort, pain killers can help in this situations.Every patients have different healing process, however there are following steps for all patients.

On the day of the circular facelift

Visible bruising and swelling, which can be reduced by keeping the head slightly higher than the body at all times

What does the patient experience after the facelift operation?

Face lift is not a painful operation. Patients generally complain about feeling of tension and burning, rather than pain. However, this feeling will disappear within a few days after the operation. Swellings to occur after the operation disturb the patient, but these complications are quite normal after the face lift.  Patients are recommended to stay at the hospital for one night. Usually, one week later, bruises and swelling disappear to a high extent.

Week after facelift surgery

After a week the bandages that cover the incision of the face will be removed. Taking shower and bath will be allowed. Our doctors are using aesthetic sutures and they will be absorbed or in other cases they will be removed by the doctor.  You will be able to use make-up materials for covering the bruises on your face. Swellings will be gradually decreased. You will be able to start exercises. While you are sleeping you will need to continue keeping your head raised so you will get rid of the swellings.

Two weeks after facelift surgery

  • Swelling becomes less noticeable
  • You can engage in light physical activities and low-stress work

Several weeks after face lift surgery

  • Most amount of the swellings will be gone by this time
  • Patients should continue to avoid the sunlight by using sun creams to protect the treated areas.
  • Complete disappearance of bruises and swelling will take 20 days. However, it may take 3 months for the face to get fit and gain its final shape, depending on the procedures applied and thickness of the patient’s skin. The patient should protect himself/herself against direct sunlight for 3 months, as he/she should do after all face operations.

Is anesthesia required for face lift operation?

Face lift operation is made under general anesthesia in the hospital environment.

How long does a facelift operation take?

This operation generally takes 3-6 hours. If the person also needs eyelid lift, the operation will take 5-7 hours.

Does face lift bring permanent results?

After the operation, aging process continues and loosening and drooping can be expected in lifted areas. However, the face never returns to its pre-operation form. Permanence of results varies depending on the person’s features and technique used by the physician. If the person has a thick and oily skin, drooping can be observed earlier. The operation consists of several procedures determined according to the patient’s needs. It is very important that the patient and surgeon understand each other well and discuss the procedures to be applied. Suturing is made in the manner that the scars are in front and back of the ear and in the scalp.

What is the difference between a face lift operation and threadlift?

Face lift operation is a surgical procedure bringing completely permanent results. With a surgical method, excess skin tissue is cut and the face is sutured tightly. Face lift operation is performed under general anesthesia.

Thread Lift is a medical application. It does not bring permanent results. Thread Lift is applied with tiny incisions. Thanks to threads placed underneath the skin, skin is lifted up. Because medical threads are used in this application, the result fits mimics.  Face lift operation is recommended to those with higher level drooping. If you have slight drooping and fine wrinkles, you can consider having a thread lift procedure.

At what age is face lift operation made?

Facial rejuvenation operation is generally recommended in cases of high level drooping. With a face lift operation, a drooping face that cannot be treated with botox or thread lift is rejuvenated permanently and effectively. Face lift is generally recommended to patients at the age 50 and over. But if the patient’s drooping and wrinkles are more than normal, face lift operation can also be made before age 50. In case of need, medical skin rejuvenation application such as botox may be used as well.

Risks of a Surgical Facelift

As with any surgery, complications can also arise with a facelift. Common risks may include swelling, redness, subsequent bleeding, infections, and impaired wound healing with increased recovery times. Cases of scar formation are not excluded. For people who are prone to hypertrophic scars, postoperative treatment with an ointment to dissolve the scars may be helpful.

Special risks in facelift: elimination or intensification of asymmetry on the face. Each face has some asymmetries that are accentuated or diminished after the lifting.

 How much does facelift cost?

You can find out the price for endoscopic Facelift in Turkey and other options for  Facelift  by phone or on an individual consultation with our specialists.

For Turkish Ministry of Health-accredited centers, it is not legal to specify prices on their website.  Therefore, please dial +90212 241 46 24 to contact our polyclinic and get information on our facelift prices in istanbul.