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Another name for facelift surgery is "Rhytidectomy". With facelift surgery, sagging in the face and neck skin and soft tissues is removed; If there is, the lubrication under the chin is eliminated. Ideal people who are candidates for face lift surgery, men and women over the age of 40 who have sagging face and neck skin, but whose skin still has not lost its elasticity, and who do not have any other health problems, are performed this surgery. In order to make the face look more beautiful and younger with facelift surgery, nose and eyelid aesthetics, forehead correction, eyebrow lifting operations can also be performed. For fine wrinkles, injection of fillers (oil, hyaluronic acid, etc.) or peeling (mechanical, chemical, laser) can be performed.

Before surgery

The person who is considering having a facelift surgery should first be sure of what they want. If he is a smoker, he should definitely quit 1 month before the surgery.


Facelift surgery 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 local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (intravenous sleeping) method. Under normal conditions, it takes 2-2.5 hours. It is possible to go home the same day. If an additional intervention (nose, eyelid, etc.) is performed, the surgery may take longer. In this case, you will stay in the hospital for 1 night. Facelift surgery is an operation that leaves scars. However, this trace is not obvious. 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, in general, these traces are not obvious and can be hidden.

Post-operative process

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 within a few days. A head wrap is applied so that the eyes, nose and mouth are left open. Sometimes a pipe called a drain can be placed to prevent blood from accumulating inside. Drains are removed within 2 days at the latest. The dressing is opened after 2 days. General inspection and dressing change is made. The hair is washed and the dressing is put back on if necessary. Stitches are removed after 5-7 days.

Return to normal life

The surgery gives good results. Rarely, second corrections may be necessary. The person can return to work after 1 week and apply make-up. It is recommended to avoid heavy exercises and excessive sunlight for 2 months and to protect it from external impacts. In male patients, the distance between the back of the ear and the scalp narrows. Therefore, they should be careful while shaving. Male patients may sometimes need epilation in this area. Male patients are advised not to shave their beards for 3 weeks. Since the newly formed shape of the face and neck skin will be affected by gravity, it may be permanent for 5-10 years or sometimes for a lifetime, depending on the persons body.

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