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A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at tightening up the face and reducing sagging skin. Genetically developing ligaments are the main elements that make the skin tissue look tight, beautiful and compatible with the bone structure. The low elasticity of these ligaments allows the person to look young for long periods. Essentially, they are not in the form of individual ligaments, but in the form of a net that connects with the bone structure below the skin tissue. From birth, this network tissue begins to develop rapidly. From the middle ages, it gains flexibility due to genetic and environmental factors. Although this flexibility may seem to be a good thing, it is essentially the main factor leading to the ageing effect.

Nowadays, especially aesthetic concerns about face area are frequently seen. Even if people have problems with their weight, they pay maximum attention to facial beauties. Cosmetic products are used from an early age, regardless of whether men or women; In cases where cosmetic products do not work, non-surgical facial rejuvenation methods are tried. These methods are quite effective if applied at a young age. It is possible to survive all middle ages through non-surgical methods until reaching the age of fifties. However, from the fifties onwards non-surgical methods do not work; it starts to fail to create the promised effect in return for the cost it has incurred. At this point, surgical facelift methods are inevitable.

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What is Facelift Surgery:


Gravity, excessive use of chemicals, having genetically weak ligaments affect the tension of the face. With the weakening of ligaments, sagging is observed in mimic lines and then in the chin, cheeks and forehead. This effect, which initially appears as wrinkles, accelerates from the age of forties unless it is intervened. Facelift surgery is also an aesthetic surgery method which aims to interfere artificially with ligaments. In the face region, interventions to ligaments are performed with the help of incisions invisible parts. Then, these incisions are closed with aesthetic techniques and the patient's skin is stretched.

Among all facial aesthetic operations, it is the type of surgery that affects the appearance of the person significantly. Unlike some other methods, it is very successful in permanence. If the recommendations are strictly followed after the operation, a rejuvenation effect can last up to fifteen years.

If there is no sagging due to a serious genetic problem, the patients are generally in their 50's. Patients under this age have a low rate of applying for facelift operations. After the patient has applied to the doctor with the relevant complaints, some examinations are performed. Following these tests that reveal the current situation of the patient, the selection process of the most appropriate method is commenced. After the patient is considered suitable for facelift surgery, the preparation process is started. The operation begins with the successful completion of the preparation process.

  • General anaesthesia is applied to the patient during surgery. This means that the patient is completely asleep throughout the operation, doesn't feel any pain. The patient is anaesthetized immediately after taken to the operating room and disconnected from the outside world. Afterwards, the areas to be incised are drawn with a black pencil in accordance with the planning of the operation.

  • According to the method to be used, surgical incision above the hairline at the temples that extend down in front of your ear, underneath your earlobe and behind the ear. This incision is quite aesthetic. It is made from the least visible areas in the face area.

  • After the incision is done, connective tissues are hung on the membrane tissues of the bones with special ropes. Then, the skin is pulled and surplus facial skin removed.

  • Aesthetic stitches are closed.

  • Drains are placed in the closed area to prevent liquid accumulation.

  • Depending on the nature of the operation and other aesthetic surgeries combined with the face lift operation, the duration of the facelift surgery can range from 4 to 7 hours.

The implementation process of the operation is generally the case. However, each face lift surgery is different. The slightest change in the patient's condition, differences in facial anatomy and some other factors can radically change the procedure of the operation. The best information on how to perform the surgery will be obtained from the surgeon who plans the operation.

Recovery Process


The recovery process after face lift operations is a bit long. There are also various expected effects on the face. The length and comfort of the recovery period depends on the patient's care for the post-operative process and the surgeon's expertise. The type of operation, the affected area also affects the healing process.

Through the process:

  • The patient is hospitalised on the day of operation and one day thereafter; Blood values ​​and other indicators are closely monitored.

  • On the day after the operation, the drain is removed.

  • Edema and swelling may occur at the suture areas and near the suture areas for three days after completion of the operation.

  • Swelling begins to decrease gradually from the third or fourth day. As the swelling begins to decrease, bruises occur.

  • The bruises and rashes begin to disappear from the tenth day and disappear completely within a week.

  • After the operation, strong painkillers are used to suppress ache and pain. These problems disappear after the removal of the stitches.

  • There is no problem for the patient to return to desk work from the second week. From the first month, The patient can go back to her/his other jobs.




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