What is face lift?
Facelift surgery is a surgical method that helps to remove sagging and wrinkles due to aging on the face. With advancing age, the facial skin sags, wrinkles and becomes uneven because of years, sun rays, daily stresses and other factors (smoking, drinking, malnutrition). For correcting this situation with facelift surgery has been a frequently preferred method in recent years.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in hospital conditions. It takes an average of 4-6 hours depending on the technique used in the surgery and the form of the face. The procedure is performed by entering the skin and under the skin with incisions made from the anterior and posterior lines of the ear. There is a common belief that only the skin is stretched with facelift surgery. However, not only the skin but also all skin layers are shaped with a correct and successful surgery. With the incision made on the skin, the connective tissues under the skin, mimic muscles and loosened tissues are intervened. With the touches made to these deep tissues under the skin, the loose and sagging areas are moved to the places where they should be on a normal face and the existing disorders are eliminated. Then, the incision around the ear is closed with aesthetic sutures. Although these scars are visible in the first post-operative period, they take on the skin color over time and become almost invisible because they are around the ear. One night hospitalization is recommended after the operation.
Who can have facelift treatment done?
Face lift operations are applied to elderly patients who have generally wrinkles and sagging on their face. However, it can be applied to people of all age groups in situations that may cause sagging of the face, such as losing excess weight. In this case, the doctor's examination will give you the definitive answer as to whether you need surgery. Apart from this, if the patients have a history of chronic illness, regular drug use, they should inform their doctor about this beforehand.
In the first days, there may be swelling, bruising, numbness and tightness on the face. Since the facial nerves may be slightly affected by anesthesia during the surgery, there may be a very small amount of asymmetries on the face. These are quite normal and go away on their own in 3-5 days. Painkillers and antibiotics prescribed by the doctor make the process easier. A face bandage is applied to protect the face shape after the surgery. If it is considered necessary by the doctor, sometimes silicone pipes called drains can be placed in order to prevent blood accumulation in the tissue. The drains are removed within 2 days at the latest. Control and dressing days are determined by the doctor. The patient can return to his daily life in an average of 5-7 days.