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Facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical method for removing facial sagging due to aging and wrinkles by stretching and hanging. However, in recent years, all interventions related to facial aging have begun to be referred to under the name of facial rejuvenation.

As a person ages, the facial skin sags, wrinkles, and various spots and irregularities occur on it due to the effects of years, sun rays, daily stresses and other factors (smoking, alcohol, malnutrition). An elderly percentage; There is an image with prominent forehead lines, drooping eyebrows, drooping eyelids, bags and lines under the eyes, deep lines in the mouth and nose area, sagging cheeks, lost chin contours, oily neck and skin curtains. The skin has lost its vitality, sunspots and other moles have appeared, thinned and wrinkled.

One of the plastic and aesthetic surgery surgeries, face lift surgery is also called face lift or rhytidectomy with English idioms. With face lift-renewal surgeries, sagging and irregularities in the forehead, face and neck skin are eliminated; Excess fat tissue on the cheek and neck is removed, facial fascia and fat tissues are pulled and hung in their anatomical places, facial tissues are reinforced, eyelids are corrected and other complementary interventions can be performed (such as skin peeling, filling and botox).

Who are the best applicants for this surgery?

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are those whose face and neck skin has started to sag, but their skin has not yet lost its elasticity and has no other health problems. This surgery is usually applied to men and women over the age of 40. However, due to structural and genetic reasons, this type of surgery can be performed in full or in a limited manner at earlier ages. During face lift surgery, nose and eyelid aesthetics, forehead correction, eyebrow lifting operations can also be added to make the face look more beautiful and younger. Injection of fillers (oil, hyaluronic acid, etc.) or peeling (mechanical, chemical, laser) for fine wrinkles and botox for wrinkles can be done.

Before surgery

When you have a problem with facial aging and sagging and are considering surgery, first discuss with yourself what you want and why, and then consult a plastic surgeon. Tell your doctor about your wishes and expectations one by one and discuss them with him. If you are a smoker, definitely quit 10 days before the surgery. Tell your doctor about your sunbathing and skin care habits, and dont forget to ask what you need to do after the surgery to give a more permanent result. Discuss the issue with your doctor several times if necessary.


The operation is performed in hospital conditions, under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, in the operating room. It can be done with general anesthesia, as well as intravenous sedation (with sedative drugs) and local anesthesia. Such surgeries may take 3-10 hours depending on the technique and what will be done. It is possible to go home the same day, but it is usually appropriate to stay in the hospital for 1 night. Additional operations (nose, eyelids, etc.) can be done in the same session. Facelift surgery is not scarless. However, these traces are not obvious as they are hidden. The scars are hidden in the scalp in the temple area, in front of and behind the ear. If the fat in the sub-chin area is removed, a 3-5 mm scar will remain under the chin. If eyelid and forehead lift is added, additional scars will remain on the eyelids and scalp on the forehead. However, these facial scars are mostly invisible and can be hidden.


Early period after surgery usually passes on at ease. There may be a general swelling and bruising on the face, numbness and a feeling of tension. Since the facial nerves may be mildly affected by anesthesia during the surgery, there may be mild asymmetries on the face. These go away on their own in 3-5 days. A head wrap and cold pads are applied to the cheeks, leaving the eyes, nose and mouth open. In order to prevent the accumulation of blood in the tissue, silicone pipes called drains can be placed. The resistors are withdrawn within 2 days at the latest. The dressing is completely opened after 2-3 days. General inspection and dressing change is made. Hair can be washed during this period. If the stitches are not dissolving type, they are removed after 5-7 days.

return to normal life

It gives good results if it is performed in accordance with the surgical technique. Rarely, second corrections may be necessary. From the 2nd day after the operation, the patient can stand up and do his homework. After a week, the patient can return to work and put on make-up after the swelling subsides. It is recommended to avoid heavy exercises and excessive sunlight for 2 months and to protect it from external impacts. The newly formed shape of the face and neck skin lasts for 5-10 years, sometimes for a lifetime, depending on the persons structure and environmental conditions.

Facial resurfacing operations

  • Forehead lift - eyebrow lift
  • Cheek (midface) lift
  • Neck lift
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty)Nose aesthetics
  • Other corrective surgeries (removal of skin lesions, dermabrasion etc.)
  • Facial resurfacing aesthetic attempts


Fat injection: For lip, cheek and facial contours

Synthetic fillers injection: For wrinkles, lips and minor irregularities

Peeling processes (Peeling-Chemical peeling-Mechanical peeling:Dermabrasion- Laser peeling (Laserbrasion)

Botox:For skin wrinkles

Cosmetic product applications:Peeling with cream at home is done with the aim of lightening the skin and activating skin regeneration.

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