Some changes may occur in the facial area as a result of ageing, gravity and the harmful effects of sun rays. With anatomical changes as a result of decreased muscle tone, sagging may occur in the neck and chin area. The skin becomes dry and loses its brightness. When subcutaneous fat tissue decreases, soft tissues sag down and skin wrinkles increase.
Long-term use of mimic muscles also causes lines on the skin. When collagen and elastin production decreases, the skin loses its elasticity and vitality. As a result of all these factors, a sad, tired and aged appearance appears.
What is the Face Lift?
The aesthetic surgery procedure applied to eliminate the effects of aging on the face and to obtain a younger, healthier, and more vigorous appearance is called a facelift. Sagging and irregularities in the forehead, neck, and facial skin can be removed with a facelift.
During facelift surgery, eyebrow lift, rhinoplasty, and eyelid aesthetics can also be performed to have a younger and more beautiful appearance. In addition, if it is determined that the patient needs, a fat or dermal filler injection, botox, or peeling procedures can be applied to remove fine wrinkles on the face.
Today, it is also known that there are medical aesthetic applications that provide a facelift effect. However, for non-surgical applications to be effective, sagging should not yet be evident or should be minimal. Otherwise, the targeted appearance cannot be achieved with non-surgical applications. At the point where the signs of aging become obvious, facelift surgery becomes the only option.
Who is the Face Lift Suitable for?
Facelift surgery can be performed on people who have started sagging in the skin of the face and neck area, but whose skin elasticity has not yet completely disappeared. Although people over the age of 40 are generally accepted as candidates for facelift aesthetics, it may be necessary to perform facelift surgery in patients at an earlier age due to genetic or structural reasons. However, as with all aesthetic surgical procedures, the suitability of facelift surgery is a decision that should be made as a result of a person-specific evaluation.
How is the facelift performed?
Facelift aesthetics performed under general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation can be applied to both men and women. The duration of the surgery may vary according to the technique to be applied individually and the scope of the procedure. Within the scope of facelift application, excess skin in the face area is removed, and the carrier system of the face under the skin is reshaped and stretched. It is fixed in its new place with special sutures.
In case of patient-specific needs, fat tissues can be placed under the skin to provide fullness to the face. It is possible to increase skin elasticity due to the stem cells contained in fat tissues. If necessary, it can be combined with procedures such as facelift, eyebrow lift, and eyelid aesthetics. Thus, a series of changes that improve the overall appearance of the face can be possible with a single anaesthetic.
Mini facelift surgery is performed by removing the skin in a more limited area. It is generally preferred to remove deformations on the chin edge and neck area.
Recovery Process After Facelift
After facelift aesthetics, mild aches and pains may be felt. In this case, the use of simple painkillers is sufficient to relieve the feeling of discomfort. Bruising and swelling in the application area usually resolve within 1 week. To accelerate the healing process, the head should be kept above the heart level and sleep in a semi-sitting position. Consumption of salty foods should be minimised and plenty of water should be consumed. During the specified period, heavy exercises should be avoided, sunscreen creams should be used regularly, direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided, and sauna and steam baths should be avoided.
A mask should be worn both day and night for the week after facelift surgery and only at night for the next two weeks. Thus, blood accumulation under the skin is prevented and the skin fits perfectly in its new place.
A 10 to 20 percentage rejuvenation effect can be achieved with facelift surgery. However, a facelift cannot stop the natural aging process. Therefore, it is possible to experience some changes in the skin over time due to aging.