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face lift surgery


Although face lift surgery is perceived as a medical procedure performed due to aesthetic concerns, it also appears as a medical necessity from time to time. Today, we cannot talk about the fact that only women prefer face lift operations, which are commonly performed for aesthetic concerns.


Classic face lift techniques, which have been used for a long time, are applied in face lift surgeries of people who have a large number of sagging and wrinkles. A thin incision is made starting from the front of the ear of the person to be operated and going behind the ear. The main point of this technique is that the deep tissues are stretched. Because if the skin itself is stretched, problems may arise during healing. Stretching the deep tissues provides a long-lasting and lasting effect. This method is generally preferred by middle-aged people because they have many sagging and wrinkles due to aging. Another facelift surgery option is the endoscope-guided technique. Endoscopes are cameras with a thickness of 4 millimeters.

Facelift surgery is performed with these cameras. What is done in this technique is to make thin incisions in the scalp. In this way, the deep tissues are pulled and stretched. This method is generally used by people with less wrinkles, sagging and deformation on their faces. Since it is not a holistic surgical technique, it is not preferred by the middle-aged. It is usually done by middle age.


Deep plane facelift surgery is mostly performed under general anesthesia. However, deep sedation anesthesia similar to sleep can be preferred for patients who wish. If the excess fat tissues in the neck are to be removed, 5-10 mm under the chin for the entrance of the liposuction cannula. incision is made. It reduces the fat filling of the neck with smooth and balanced liposuction. The skin incisions used in facelift surgery are well hidden around the ear contours and between the hair. Thanks to these incisions, there is no hair loss and the hair can be used in the desired style. In a male facelift, the incisions can be relocated to preserve the location of the sideburns. In order to create a younger face, the structures under the skin are restructured and fixed to their positions at a young age. Then, in order not to create tension, the facial skin is carefully laid on the reshaped soft tissue, the hairline is aligned, and the excess skin is removed. Skin incisions closed using thin suture materials usually heal without leaving any scars. After the operation, a non-pressurized face wrap is applied. The patient can usually be discharged from the hospital the same day or the next day after surgery.


One of the most important issues to be considered before facelift surgery is the use of blood thinners such as aspirin (including Vitamin E and similar drugs), foods (such as garlic, red pepper, turmeric, cherry, kiwi...) and herbal teas, as they increase the risk of bleeding. It should be cut at least 1 week before. Another habit that should be terminated before facelift surgery is smoking. Since smoking has a negative effect on the healing process of the surgery, it should be stopped at least 3 weeks before and should be avoided during the recovery period. Hair coloring after facelift surgery is limited to 1 month, therefore it is recommended to dye the hair before facelift surgery.


The duration of facelift operations varies according to the patient's condition, but it takes between 4 and 6 hours on average. It takes about a month for you to fully notice the result after the operation. For people who use make-up materials, especially for women, it is okay to put on make-up after the stitches are removed. However, the sun should be avoided as much as possible. If sun exposure is mandatory, high-impact sunscreens should be used. The post-operative process usually goes like this:

  • In the first days, a neck brace should be worn. Because it is necessary to keep bruises and swellings to a minimum.

  • In the first week, the swelling will increase quite a lot and then it will start to go down slowly. It will be possible to take a shower thanks to the removal of stitches and bandages. Make-up can be started.

  • It will be possible to gradually return to daily life and activities that are always done. Also, most of the bruises will fade.

  • After a few weeks, the swelling will completely disappear. Sports activities can be done again. Some of the numbness on the face will disappear, although not completely. It takes a few more months for it to disappear completely.

  • Sun protection should be continued until the healing process is completely over.

After all these stages are over, you can have a natural and young looking face. However, the doctor's recommendations should be strictly followed for everything to proceed correctly.


How long is the permanence of face lift surgery?

It is extremely possible to achieve a rejuvenation result of 5 to 10 years on the face of the patient with a facelift surgery performed with proper planning. The permanence of the effects of such surgeries to be performed in competent hands is definitely longer than the facelift band and other methods. Although it is possible to pronounce this permanence period as 10 years under normal conditions, it is useful to underline that the main determinant of the duration is the living conditions of the person. Factors such as excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, a stressful lifestyle, lack of sleep, staying away from sports and exercise, inadequate and problematic eating and drinking habits, and perhaps most importantly, not taking precautions against sun damage can shorten the 10-year permanence period. It is also stated that this permanence period may be prolonged in people who have adopted a quiet lifestyle, limited or completely eliminated alcohol and cigarette consumption, have the necessary sleep habits for adults, have a regular and adequate diet, regularly perform the minimum exercises our body needs, and protect themselves against sun damage. must be specified.

What are the risks of face lift surgery ?

Small blood accumulations (hematomas) that may occur after this surgery can sometimes cause aesthetic problems. Therefore, after this operation, it is absolutely necessary to keep a hose that absorbs the fluid accumulations under the skin called “drain” for at least one day.
Infection is one of the rare complications after this surgery. Skin loss can be a serious problem if you smoke. Numbness of the scalp and hair loss may also occur rarely. But the hair and the feeling will surely come back.

Rare Complications

  • Bleeding

  • Tracing

  • Infection

  • Hair Loss

  • Nerve Damage and Numbness

At What Age Can Face Lift Surgery Be Performed?

Facelift surgery is performed between the ages of 30 and 85. Sometimes genetically, facial sagging can occur at an early age. Therefore, the factor that plays the main role here is not age, but the speed and degree of aging.

Can Face Lift Surgery be Repeated?

If the effect of the first surgery has passed, there is no harm in applying for a second facelift surgery. In other words, after 7-10 years, the patient can repeat the operation if he/she wishes.

When to Return to Normal Life After Face Lift?

Returning to normal life after facelift surgery is quick and easy. The patient can return home the day after the surgery, and can return to his daily life within 7-10 days. However, after returning to normal life, it is necessary to avoid heavy exercise and sports movements for a while.

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