What is Facelift Surgery?

In the medical community, facelift surgery can also be referred to as Rhytidectomy. This surgery is a procedure meant to combat aging signs on the face and the neck. As it is known, people tend to develop wrinkles and have facial sagging as they get older. Facelift surgery is tailored to address these aging signs by tightening and lifting the patient’s face, making him or her look younger.

In most cases, facelift surgery is performed for cosmetic purposes, as the patient aims to reinstate a refreshed appearance to his or her face. Although they may be performed concurrently, it’s important to note that Rhytidectomy is different from the eyelid surgery.

There are two types of facelift surgery. Mini-facelift and Standard Facelift. The latter is a minor surgery as compared to the Standard or traditional facelift. Although they are all meant to give an attractive, youthful appearance, they are performed using different techniques.


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Facelift Candidates

The surgery is both for male and females. The first requirement of this procedure is for the patient to be in good health and have no condition that can disturb the wound healing process. People with heart problems or diabetes are not good candidates of this surgery, as they are prone to more complications. Basically, its suitable for people who are aging or about to age, adults who are wrinkled and have lost that elasticity of the skin.

Side Effects of a Facelift Surgery

It’s normal for every plastic surgery to have side effects. Despite being generally safe, the facelift surgery also comes with its own possible risks and complications, that’s why they require an experienced surgeon. Below is a list of possible side effects of the Rhytidectomy:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Temporary numbness
  • Hematoma

Preparations for a Facelift Surgery

Preparing for Rhytidectomy is the same as preparing for any medical operation. The surgeon will have to make some tests and body examinations before the surgery commences. The patient’s current medication may be altered, and he or she may be asked to take a break from smoking. Just like in any other plastic surgery, the patient is also expected to abstain from aspirins and anti-inflammatory drugs. Any patient is required to carefully follow these instructions as they determine the outcome of the surgery.

During Facelift Surgery

The facelift surgery duration is normally between 2 to 5 hours. Whether the patient is having a Mini-facelift or a Standard Facelift, both procedures still require local anesthetics and general anesthesia or even sedation for the comfortability of the patient.

Mini Facelift: Patients with sagging skin are suitable candidates of this type of procedure. Shorter incisions are made near the ear along the hairline, and it is through these incisions that deep facial tissues are tightened. Jowling is also corrected and rejuvenated by tightening and lifting the cheeks. That is also done through incisions. This technique is normally used for those patients whose unwanted aging signs are just in their early stages. This helps to postpone the traditional facelift surgery for many years.

Standard Facelift: This procedure focuses on rejuvenating both the face and the neck. It aims to address the more developed aging signs which have become very much visible and difficult to hide even under makeup. This surgery is extensive in nature and goes beyond the Mini-facelift one, and as such, it requires much more healing time. Incisions are made behind the hairline and around the ear. Through these incisions, tissues under the skin are repositioned by removing excess skin and eradicating unwanted saggy skins under the chin. The desired youthful appearance is achieved through this process.

After incisions are closed, bandages and dressings are then used to cover the operated areas.

Recovering After Facelift Surgery

With the facial skin being so delicate, the recovery process is swift. Swelling and bruising are common immediately after the Facelift surgery, but they tend to fade after 48 hours.

After 10 to 14 days, patients are expected to return to return, but they are recommended to avoid any strenuous activities or to make some facial expressions. It’s vital for patients to prevent their face to be exposed to the sun. This also promotes the fast healing of the scars.

Sutures and bandages are removed in 7 to 10 days after surgery. The patient is given specific instructions by the surgeon on how to bath since bandages and incisions have to be kept clean and dry all the time.

Alcohol intake must be limited, and one should avoid smoking two weeks after the surgery. In 3 to 4 weeks, results of the surgery will begin to manifest.

Scars of a Facelift Surgery

Each and every plastic surgery procedure which involves incisions come with scars. However, Facelift surgery scars are unnoticeable, as they hide beneath the hairline or rather the natural contours of the face which are usually covered by hair. These scars gently fade in 10 to 12 weeks.

Facelift Surgery in Turkey

Facelift surgery in Turkey has been performed for over two decades. Turkish surgeons have performed thousands and thousands of Facelift surgeries over the years; no wonder they are regarded amongst the top surgeons in the World. Most of the Facelift surgery patients are foreigners from the US, Western Europe, and Northern Africa.

Facelift Surgery in Istanbul

Facelift surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in Istanbul, with state-of-the-art facilities like Magical Clinic being at the forefront of giving the best treatment and cosmetic services.


This content is created and edited by Magical Clinic Medical Editors in February, 2019. 

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