When do I need facelift?

In esthetics, non-surgical procedures are quite common. Botox, filler, radiofrequency and laser devices are at the service of many people. It is possible to manage getting older successfuly with these methods until the age of 50,  perhaps even longer in some face types. You might look younger by doing this regularly. However, after 50 years of age most people start to become effected with other obvious factors. At this stage, face lift becomes essential. Especially for the irregularities in the jaw line and in the neck area, the skin sags near the ear can also be very disturbing.

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What is done in a facelift surgery?

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What are the corrections made by facelift doctors?

The goal of facelift is improving the overall appearance of the face and jaw. Facelift surgery can help to reverse the harmful effects of time, stress, and exposure to the elements. To perform this procedure, a facial plastic surgeon will lift and tighten the underlying muscles of the face to create more aesthetically pleasing contours appearance and rejuvenate the facial structure. Then he or she will remove excess pockets of fat and skin that can contribute to an aged, tired appearance. At the same time,wrinkles in the upper and lower eyelids are corrected. In addition, sagging occurs in the neck region after the 60s. During the face lift operation, the sagging skin of the neck can be removed and the neck is tightened as well.

What should be done before under going facelift surgery?

Aspirin, E Vitamin-like drugs, herbal teas should be stopped before under going facelift surgery. Smoking significantly slows wound healing, especially in the face. The use of cigarette should be stopped at least 3 weeks before surgery. Hair can be dyed 1 week before surgery. Keeping hair long helps to hide post-operative effects.

Will there be a significant trail after facelift?

Generally special tools and materials will be used to reduce traces. In placing incisions during facelift surgery, cosmetic surgeons aim for the best combination of effectiveness and discretion. Doctors commonly make incisions above the hairline so that any scarring will be hidden. They may also follow natural facial creases (e.g., the line where the ear meets the side of the face), since these locations heal well and hide possible scarring better than other areas. If the complications described below (bleeding, infection, frequent skin lesions seen in smokers) develop, wound healing may be delayed and scars may be left.

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What should be considered after facelift surgery?

One day after the operation, the drain is placed behind the ear to prevent the accumulation of fluid in the area. Post-operative ice application accelerates the healing process. He/she will be discharged on the 2nd day after the surgery. In one week, the stitches on the face and eyelids are removed. On the 10th day, metal seams within the hair are removed. Bathing can be done 2 days after the operation. It is normal to feel numbness in the face but that improves in about a couple of weeks. When doing makeup, use light gestures when lifting your hair. Avoid intense activities such as heavy housework, excercises or sex for at least two weeks, and avoid activities such as alcohol, steam baths and saunas for a few months. Sunscreen creams should be used regularly for up to 6 months. Swelling and bruises disappear in 3 weeks. It is usually possible to return to work in the second week.

What are the details of facelift surgery?

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The facial skin is lifted with surgical incision, In most facelift surgery procedures, the incision begins behind the hairline on the side of the head, somewhat above the temple. It then follows the hairline down to the ear, running along the crease between the ear and the cheek, wrapping around the earlobe, and continuing into the lower scalp under the hair. Thus, the abundance of skin in the temples, cheeks and chin area will be removed.  The operation is performed under general anesthesia. The  eyelids and neck can also be done during facelift. Therefore, the duration of the operation may vary from 4 to 7 hours.

  • What else can be done to improve the effectiveness of facelift surgery?

Botox can be used around the eyelids area. Facial skin can be revitalized by 4-6 sessions of chemical peeling and facial mesotherapy which can start 3 weeks after surgery.

What is Mini FaceLift?

Mini facelift involve smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time. As with the mid facelift, this surgery targets a smaller area, primarily treating the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck. The doctor will usually locate the incisions along the hairline and behind the ear. Through these incisions, the doctor will lift the muscles, remove fat unwanted fat deposits, and eliminate excess skin. Many surgeons perform mini facelifts using endoscopic techniques. This procedure is common among somewhat younger patients who are showing the first signs of aging.

What are the risks of facelift surgery?

Hemorrhage: Risk is reduced by the drain that we place next to the ear. However, this risk is of little concern in patients with hypertension. Blood that accumulates under the skin can be easily removed. Bleeding under the skin can delay healing and cause bad marks. For this reason, it is very important that blood pressure is controlled and aspirin-like drugs that increase bleeding are stopped at least 1 week in advance.

Infection: The risk of infection is generally very low. With preventive antibiotics applied before and after surgery, this risk is further reduced. In rare cases, if an infection develops, additional antibiotic therapy may be required.

Visible scarring: scars may occur due to infection or skin lesions usually encountered with smokers. Additional treatments may be needed for these scars.

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Nerve damage: Motor and sensory nerves can be damaged during a facelift operation. There may be weakness or loss of facial movements after facelift. Nerve damage can cause temporary or permanent loss of motion in the face and in the senses.  Fortunately this type of damage can improve over time. Painful nerve is very rare.

Hair loss: Hair loss can occur in areas where the hair is pulled up deep during a facelift aesthetic. It is not known beforehand whether this is possible or not.

Long-term effects: As a result of getting older, weight gain or loss, exposure to sun and some other reasons, there may be changes to the success of the operation. Having a Facelife does not stop aging. New surgeries and treatments may be needed in the future to preserve the results of facelift surgery.