Face Lift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a more youthful appearance on your face. The procedure can reduce sagging skin folds on the cheeks and jawline and gravity changes in the shape of your face with age.

During a facelift, the skin on both sides of the face is pulled up from the underlying fascia and the tissues under the skin are surgically altered to return the contour of the face to a more youthful shape. Excess skin is removed before the flap is closed.

A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is usually done in conjunction with a facelift to reduce fat deposits and sagging skin on the neck.

A facelift will not reduce fine wrinkles or wrinkles on your skin or damage from sun exposure, especially above the lips. Other cosmetic procedures may address the appearance or quality of the skin, such as mesotherapy.

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During the Surgery

Facelift surgery is usually done in the hospital. Sometimes the procedure is performed under sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia is recommended, which renders you unconscious. Generally, a facelift involves raising the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat on the face and neck can be sculpted, removed or redistributed. The facial skin is then re-draped over the repositioned contours of the face, the excess skin is removed, and the wound is sutured or closed with tape. The incisions for the procedure depend on the techniques used and the patient’s preferences. Options include:

  • A traditional facelift incision starts at your hairline at your temples, continues in front of and around your ears, and ends on your lower scalp behind your ears. An incision may be made under your chin to improve the appearance of your neck.
  • A limited incision is a shorter incision that starts at the hairline just above your ear, wraps around the front of your ear but does not extend to the lower scalp.
  • The neck lift incision starts in front of your earlobe and continues around your ear to your lower scalp. A small incision is also made under your chin.

A facelift usually takes two to four hours, but can take longer if other cosmetic procedures are done at the same time.

After Surgery

  • Your incisions will be covered with bandages that provide gentle pressure to minimize swelling and bruising. A small tube may be placed under the skin behind one or both of your ears to drain excess blood or fluid.
  • In the first few days after surgery:
  • Rest with your head high
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • Apply cold packs to the face to relieve pain and reduce swelling

Frequently Asked Questions

The best candidate for a facelift is usually someone aged 45-65, but this can vary for each individual. People with weak skin elasticity, sagging skin, and significant relaxation in the neck and jowl are candidates for facelift. A person who is uncomfortable with his facial appearance, Dr. Meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Barış Çin can help them find solutions to their facial rejuvenation needs.

Compared to a traditional facelift, the so-called “mini facelift” is limited in scope. Skin and muscle dissections are less extensive in a “mini-lift”, so the results they produce usually don’t last as long as those achieved with a traditional facelift. Therefore, the best candidate for a mini-lift is someone who has had a facelift before and only needs restoration of that job.

Some facial deficiencies such as loss of volume in some areas where wrinkles are common in the midface, cheeks and around the mouth can be corrected with fillers and injections. Dr. In consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon such as Barış Çin, you will be briefed on all available facial procedures that may address your areas of concern. However, no treatment or procedure can be as complete and long-lasting as a traditional facelift. This proven procedure requires lifting and removing excess skin while repositioning the underlying muscles and anatomy.

In general, facelifts that properly reposition the underlying muscle take eight to twelve years and make people look ten years younger on average. How patients care for themselves will determine the longevity of the procedure. Factors that can help maintain a youthful appearance after surgery include: protecting the skin from sun exposure, using frequent moisturizers, and maintaining a healthy diet and stable weight.

Recovery time after facelift surgery usually takes two to four weeks, depending on the person’s needs and the extent of the procedure. Some patients can return to work after two weeks, but if a patient has had laser skin resurfacing combined with a facelift, they will need a slightly longer recovery time. It is best to wait at least four weeks before resuming a full program of work and exercise.

Not everyone experiences numbness after a facelift, but those who do may experience loss of sensation around the ear or in the earlobes. How long does swelling and numbness last after a facelift itself. This temporary condition can last from a few weeks to a few months. After surgery, there may be mild swelling that can be seen for about two to four weeks. Internal swelling of the face may last longer but is not visible.

Pain is usually not experienced after facelift surgery. Some may feel slight discomfort at the drainage sites behind the ears and perhaps a feeling of tightness in the neck area. Most patients only need over-the-counter pain medications such as paracetamol to help with any discomfort they may experience. Prescription drugs are available if needed.