All You Need to Know about Facelift
What is Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?
Rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a surgical procedure that removes the lines and wrinkles and fixes the sagging skin on the face and neck. The aim of a facelift surgery is to remove the signs of aging and to have a more youthful look. Sagging skin, loss of skin tone/color, excessive fat under the jaw and wrinkles around the eyes and the corner of the mouth are considered as signs of aging.
A facelift gives great results for the lower half of the face and particularly the jawline and neck. For wrinkled eyelids and sagging eyebrows, an eye lid surgery works very well. Patients go for a brow lift surgery to get the best results for the wrinkles on the forehead. Many patients prefer to have facelift together with eyelid surgery and brow lift which enables patients to have a youthful and enhanced look on the face including eyes and forehead and on the neck.
How is Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Performed?
Length of a facelift surgery: A face lift surgery usually takes around 3 to 10 hours. The length of a face lift surgery varies from one patient to another because it is determined by the amount of the area treated and the condition of the skin.
Inpatient or Outpatient: Usually, patients stay in the hospital for 1 night.
Anesthesia: Facelift is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Incisions: There are different techniques that can be used for face lift surgery. The technique is determined by the condition of the skin and the expectations of the patient from the facelift. These 3 techniques that are the most widely used:
- Traditional Face Lift (SMAS facelift): the incisions are made in the hairline around the ears on both sides of the face which help to hide scars until they fade away. Deep layer of the skin, called SMAS layer, will be lifted, the skin towards the ears will be tightened and the excess skin will be removed.
- Limited incision (MACS facelift): small incisions are made behind the ears to tighten the deep layer of the skin with special suspension stitches
- Mid facelift: small incisions are made along the hairline and either inside the mouth or the lower eyelid to treat the facial area below the lower eyelids.
Lifting up the skin & removing excessive fat: After the incisions are done, your skin is gently lifted and any excess skin and fat are removed.
Closing up the incisions: Incision lines will not be visible after the facelift surgery as they will be well hidden within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear until they fade away.
Instructions for Pre-Operation
You will be in the care of your MCAN Health facelift surgeon and an entire medical team. You will be advised about pre-operation guidelines before the facelift. Some of these instructions can be:
• No smoking 2 weeks before facelift if you smoke.
• No alcohol at least 1 week before the facelift surgery.
• No eating or drinking 8 hours before the facelift.
• Avoiding certain medication; aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. 1 week before the facelift surgery.
• Have a health check-up before the surgery, etc.
Instructions for Post-Operation
Your MCAN Health surgeon will advise you about post-operation care and you will still be in the care of MCAN Health after your operation. We will contact you regularly to check up on you.
• You may be prescribed with certain medication after your facelift surgery.
• You need to sleep on your back with your face looking up at all times for a week.
• You need to avoid sunlight or tanning booths for a while.
• You may be advised to protect your skin at all times by using some special protection creams which will also increase the durability period of your facelift surgery.
• Not wearing make-up for at least 1 week after facelift, etc.
Results of Facelift
You can check the before after gallery for results of face lift here.
Advantages of Face Lift in Turkey by MCAN Health:
• More youthful look.
• A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.
• More options for clothing with lower necklines.
• No need to spend hours on make-up to hide your wrinkles.
• No conflict between how you feel and how you look.