Face Lift Aesthetics

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

During a facelift, the skin on each side of the face is pulled up from the underlying fascia and the tissues beneath 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.

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

A facelift does 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.

During Surgery

Face lift surgery is usually performed in a hospital. Sometimes the procedure is performed under sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia, which renders you unconscious, is recommended. Generally, a facelift involves lifting the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat on the face and neck can be contoured, removed or redistributed. The facial skin is then re-draped over the repositioned contours of the face, excess skin is removed, and the wound is stitched or closed with tape. The incisions for the procedure depend on the techniques to be used and the patient’s preferences. Options include:
A traditional facelift incision begins at your temples at your hairline, continues in front of and around your ears, and ends behind your ears on your lower scalp. 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 your hairline just above your ear and 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 may take longer if other cosmetic procedures are performed 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 recommended by your doctor
Apply cold packs to the face to relieve pain and reduce swelling

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most suitable age for face lift?

The best candidate for a facelift is generally a person between the ages of 45-65, but this may vary for each individual. People with poor skin elasticity, sagging skin, and significant loosening in the neck and chin are candidates for face lift. A person who is disturbed by his facial appearance, Dr. Seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Barış Çin can help them find solutions to their facial rejuvenation needs.

How is a traditional facelift different from a mini facelift?

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

Are there non-surgical alternatives to facelift?

Some facial deficiencies, such as volume loss in the mid-face, cheeks and some areas around the mouth where wrinkles are common, can be corrected with fillers and injections. Dr. By consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon like Barış Çin, you will be informed about 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 muscles and anatomy underneath.

How young will I look and how long will a facelift take?

In general, facelifts where the underlying muscle is properly repositioned last eight to twelve years and make people look an average of ten years younger. How patients take care of themselves will determine the longevity of the procedure. Factors that may help maintain a youthful appearance after surgery include: protecting the skin from sun exposure, using moisturizer frequently, and maintaining a healthy diet and stable weight.

How long is the recovery period?

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 treatment combined with a facelift, they will need a slightly longer recovery period. It is best to wait at least four weeks before resuming a full workout and exercise program.