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What is Face Lifting Surgery?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing visible signs of aging in the face and neck. It involves lifting and tightening the skin and underlying tissues to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Facelifts can address a range of concerns, including sagging skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, and loss of definition in the jawline and neck. While a facelift can provide long-lasting rejuvenation, it’s essential to have realistic expectations and understand that the aging process will continue over time. Additionally, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facelift procedures is crucial to achieving natural-looking results and minimizing risks. Reputable institutions with a track record of successful facelift surgeries, such as the Istanbul Aesthetic Center (IAC), can provide added assurance and peace of mind during your journey toward facial rejuvenation.

If you are unsatisfied with the marks created by time on your face and looking older than you are, YES, you are a suitable patient for “Face Lifting”.

You had better share all your expectations and concerns with your doctor. During examination, you should reply to any questions to be asked about your general health condition in details and inform your doctor about your past diseases and medications you use.

Your surgery to be performed in our hospital will be carried out with general anaesthesia as to the practice. Its approximate duration is 3-5 hours, you may need to stay at the hospital for an overnight.

You will be examined and informed by an anaesthesia doctor before face lifting surgery. Blood diluent medications, vitamins and factors affecting anaesthesia such as alcohol and smoking should be discontinued starting from the date foreseen by your doctor.

At the early period after the surgery, you may have mild pain but this period is generally gone through easily with the prescribed painkillers. There may be a general oedema, purple spots, numbness and tenseness at the face. They distinguish spontaneously in 7-10 days. A head bandage which may be removed in 2-3 days is used.

Here’s an overview of how a facelift is typically performed:

  1. Consultation: Before the procedure, the patient will have a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals, expectations, and medical history. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s facial structure, skin quality, and areas of concern to determine the most suitable approach for the facelift.

  2. Anesthesia: Facelifts are usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure.

  3. Incisions: The surgeon will make discreet incisions in strategic locations, such as along the hairline, around the ears, and possibly under the chin. These incisions are carefully planned to minimize visible scarring.

  4. Tissue Repositioning: After making the incisions, the surgeon will lift and reposition the underlying facial tissues, including muscles and fat, to address sagging and restore a more youthful contour to the face and neck.

  5. Skin Redraping: Once the underlying tissues are repositioned, the excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is redraped over the newly lifted contours of the face and neck. This helps to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines and create a tighter, more toned appearance.

  6. Closure: The incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesive, and any necessary dressings or bandages are applied to protect the surgical sites.

  7. Recovery: After the procedure, patients typically experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. It’s essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to facilitate proper healing and optimize results.