Rhytidectomy, commonly referred to as a Facelift, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens facial tissues. The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to variety of factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking, as well as heredity and stress. A Facelift procedure can help deal with these issues and improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. To help with the results, browlift and eyelids procedures are also suggested with a facelift operation.

People who show some signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity are the considered the best candidates for facelift surgery. Generally, this includes people who are in their 40s to 70s, although older people occasionally are candidates. Facelift is considered a highly satisfying procedure according to the patients’ statements about how their self-esteem, life satisfaction and self-rated physical attractiveness are improved after they underwent facelift surgery.

Facelifts vary depending on the patient’s desired results. In the most common procedure, an incision is made in the hairline near the temples. The incision goes in front of the patient’s ear, down in front of and hugging the earlobe, then back to the lower scalp behind the ears.

Fat and excess skin may also be removed or redistributed from the face. The underlying muscle and connective tissue are relocated and tightened. If there’s minimal skin sagging, a mini facelift may be done which involves shorter incisions.

If a neck lift is also going to be performed, the excess skin and fat will be removed. The skin of the neck will be tightened and pulled up and back. This is often done through an incision just under the chin. The incisions are made in such a way that they blend with your hairline and facial structure.

The scars of a skilfully performed facelift procedure are nearly impossible to see after healing. The doctor will place them in creases and other natural hiding spots to hide them from notice. The incisions are carefully planned to be hidden in the ear canal, behind the ear and in the hairline. After a short recovery period, people will notice that the patient looks like a younger and more refreshed version of himself/herself and is unlikely to have any visible scarring to indicate the procedure.

Our doctors in Turkey will be helping and guiding you throughout this process with every detail explained carefully. For further information or if you would like to find out what method of procedure is best suited for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pre-Op Instructions

  • Avoid aspirin or aspirin related products, vitamin E, herbal supplements or any medications containing these compounds for two weeks before surgery. If you still need to take medications due to a terrible ache, please ask your doctor first. 

  • Avoid hair colouring, perms, or other hair treatments for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery. 

  • Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco smoke delay healing and can result in scarring. This is the perfect time to give up the habit. 

  • Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery. While we recommend wearing a SPF 30 or higher, our physicians and staff wear a SPF 50 every day.

Post-Op Instructions

  • There will be swelling and bruising in your face. As they fade, you will begin to see the results. It’s important to keep your head elevated for the first 2-3 days as it will amazingly reduce your recovery time.

  • Following surgery, your entire head will be bandaged to apply an even pressure to your face, neck and head. The bandages are usually removed after a day. 

  • You may experience numbness and tightness around your face and neck. This will subside over the next 2 months after surgery. 

  • For mild bleeding and swelling around the incision areas, apply an ice compress with small pressure. 

  • The skin incisions should be washed with soap and water 3 times a day, starting the day after surgery. This should be done very gently and pat dried (do not wipe). After drying, the incisions should be cleaned with a %50 solution of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and a Q-tip. Mix the Hydrogen Peroxide with an equal amount of warm tap water. Incisions should not be allowed to become dry or crust over.
  • Your prescriptions for after surgery (typically an antibiotic and pain med) will be given to you the day of surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your surgery.

  • It is fine to shower the day after surgery. Use a baby shampoo and be gentle while washing and drying your face. Be careful not to snag your sutures with a comb. 

  • Incisions will normally be red for several months but will gradually fade. They should not be exposed to direct sunlight for 6 months after surgery. Sunscreen is mandatory over all incisions. 

  • Make sure to finish your antibiotics even if you feel completely better and think that you do not need it. 

  • Beginning 6 weeks after surgery, you can start applying a gentle massage with Vitamin E or cocoa butter. 

  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke for the first couple of weeks. 

  • Take it easy for the first week. No strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks. Wear your compression garment 24/7 for the first 2 weeks. After the second week we recommend you to continue wearing the garment while at home for an additional 2 weeks.
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