Facelifts, or technically known as rhytidectomy, are cosmetic operations that give patients more youthful looks. In facelift procedures, surgeons reshape the lower half of the patients’ faces by removing the extra skin on their faces.
A facelift operation can tighten the sagging skin around the patient’s jaw line, which is known as jowls. It is also effective at removing deep wrinkles and resolving the double-chin problem. When combined with other surgeries that enhance the forehead, cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids, facelifts can make a person look 10 years younger.
Statistics show that facelift operations are getting more and more popular every year. Alongside the increasing numbers of women who have a facelift, these operations are also becoming popular among men.
What is a Facelift?
Facelift surgeries are quick and simple operations that take little time. Surgeons generally apply local anaesthesia to the target area prior to the operation. This eliminates any pain the patient might feel.
The operation can take 5 hours at most. Once the procedure is finished, the patient then can immediately return to her or his home. They do not require any downtime in the hospital.
In more traditional applications of facelift operations, surgeons cut a line starting from the patient’s lower part of the ear up to her or his hair. The surgeon picks the skin, lifts it, and delicately stretches the skin. Once the surgeon determines whether the stretch is enough, he or she then starts to remove the extra skin. This tightens the skin and gives the patient a more youthful appearance.
Surgeons can also apply this exact procedure on the chin area. They cut a small line under the chin, lift the skin and stretch it. This procedure is also called a neck lift.
Once the surgeons remove the excess skin, they then close these cuts with sutures and staples. They place mini towels on these cuts so that they could drain any blood or fluid that might leak. Finally, they apply some bandages, and you are ready to set off.
What Should You Expect Before Going for a Facelift Surgery?
Your surgeon will do some tests and take a look at your medical history before the operation. These will help your surgeon determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery.
Here is a list of things your surgeon may check before your surgery:
- Your blood clotting and whether you use a blood-clotting medicine
- Your blood pressures
- Any skin conditions you might have including scarring
- Whether you smoke or not
- What medications you take if you are taking any
- Whether you use drugs or not
- Whether you have any allergies or not
Then your doctor will inform you about the stages of your surgical facelift, give you some details. Also, brief you on what type of anaesthesia that he or she is going to apply.
You will also learn more about the recovery period following your operation and what kind of complications which may develop during or after your recovery. We believe that informing patients could help this industry to improve. Providing our patients with the information they need is one of our principles that we follow dearly.
We also listen to your goals and expectations out of this operation and come up with a plan that will satisfy you. However, painting a realistic picture for you is important. This helps you with what to expect out of your operation. Our experts also consider your skin type and your bone structure while planning your operation.
Are Results of Facelift Surgeries Satisfying?
Facelift surgeries give patients smoother more youthful looks. They accomplish this by:
- Removing and tightening hanging skin on the face
- Reducing wrinkles around the cheeks and the lips
- Lifting the corners of the mouth which gives a well-rested appearance
- Reducing the sagginess of the cheeks along the jawline
They provide outstanding results and satisfy the needs of the patients. However, we would have been lying if we said that there aren’t any disadvantages to these procedures.
Another disadvantage is that facelifts are not permanent. 1 out of 4 patients reports that the effects of their surgery faded away after 5 years from the operation.
So, you should be able to trust your surgeon in such operations. If your surgeon is an experienced one, then you get the most out of the surgery. These operations are somewhat artistic procedures, so, the skills of your surgeon matter a lot.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Facelift Surgery?
There are various factors that determine whether you are a good candidate for facelift surgery. If you are a suitable candidate, this means that your results will be better. Here is a list of these factors:
- Patients who have high blood pressure and diabetes may have a higher risk of facing complications. Any complication during the surgery will adversely affect the outcome.
- Having good bone structure and skin elasticity is a big plus for the patients. These will positively affect your results.
- If you have had serious medical problems in the past, we can’t recommend you have facelift surgery. It is best if the patient is healthy, both physically and mentally.
- Smoking is proven to increase the risk of facing complications after surgery. It can cause some problems during the healing period. If you have a smoking habit, then you should quit it at least a week prior to your operation.
- Aspirin and other blood-thinning medications may cause some complications during the operation. You will most likely bleed during the operation so it could cause some problems. You should stop taking such medications at least a week prior to your operation.
If you keep your expectations realistic and you match these criteria we have just mentioned, then you will have satisfying results.
Alternatives for Surgical Facelifts
There are several alternatives for facelift surgeries that can provide patients with rather good results. Some people want to avoid undergoing an operation but at the same time want some of the benefits of facelift operations. If you are one of these people, alternative treatments may be what you are looking for.
If you are looking for an alternative to facelift surgeries, the non-surgical facelift treatments may be what you seek. Procedures such as Botox, fat injections, chemical peels, dermabrasion, ThermiTight, and Ultherapy are good examples for the non-invasive facelifts. These treatments are effective at rejuvenating and refreshing the appearance. And the best thing about them is that they do not require any downtime.
Here is a list of advantages of non-surgical facelift procedures:
- They are fast and simple
- No discomfort
- They don’t require anaesthesia
- Costs lower than the other operations.
As you can see, there are some significant pros to these procedures. However, this does not mean that they don’t have any disadvantages. Compared to surgical ones, the results of these procedures are less dramatic. Still, for the minor adjustments, non-surgical facelift can be useful for you.
Another alternative to these surgeries is a natural facelift, which doesn’t require any operation whatsoever. The natural facelift is actually a sophisticated face massage treatment. We can say that it is some kind of face yoga. You can also learn these techniques and regularly practice them at home. These massaging techniques stimulate the skin and allow patients to look younger in a natural way.
Facelift Surgeries in Turkey
If you had been searching for facelift surgery, you might have noticed the popularity of Turkey on this topic. With the developments in the field of cosmetic surgeries in Turkey, many people started to come here to get an operation. Reasonable prices play a huge part in this. So, if you want to look younger and like travelling, having a facelift in Turkey may just be what you are looking for.
We value our patients, thus provide them with additional services that would help them not worry about their stay. Also, we can provide transportation and a place of accommodation. This way, you don’t have to worry about any complications and just enjoy your stay.
The costs of these operations differ depending on the patient. Your surgeon will first analyze your situation and listen to your expectations. Only then we could come up with a customized operation plan and a price. Without consultation, it is not possible for you to learn how much your operation will cost. Contact us for further information on the facelift costs. Our experts can come up with a customized payment plan just for you.
Is face lift a permanent solution for aging ?
Facelift operation won’t stop aging but it will give at least 10 years younger look.
What is the recovery time for a mini facelift?
Recovery time from a mini facelift procedure usually lasts about two weeks.