Facelift surgery

OPERATION METHOD

Facelift surgery is a surgery to recover the skin and supporting connective tissue that has become abundant as a result of aging. During the surgery, some of the loose skin should be removed. Since the scars will remain due to the skin to be removed, these traces are tried to be hidden in less obvious areas. These areas are the scalp for the forehead, and the ears around the sides for the middle face and neck area. If lower eyelid plastic surgery is to be performed, mid-facelift surgery can be performed on the same scar with this scar. The very important point in face lifting is to protect the facial nerve (facial nerve) that moves the facial mimic muscles as the deep connective tissue that carries your facial skin also recovers. This nerve divides into very thin branches in both cheek areas and lies in close relationship with this connective tissue. Since there is a risk of temporary or permanent damage to these nerves during the facelift procedure, performing this surgery in experienced hands will reduce the risk. During facelift surgery, eyelid surgeries, fat or filler injections and additional surgeries and applications that will correct other areas may be required for a better result. You can be informed about this during the examination.

POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED BEFORE SURGERY

You should be in good general health and be psychologically ready for the operation and have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery. During the patient's examination, information about the patient's alcohol, smoking and harmful substance habits, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and liver diseases are evaluated by the plastic surgeon. It is especially important to stop smoking 3 weeks before. Otherwise, the risk of developing complications will increase. The planning of the surgery is made by considering the severity of the deformation in the face and neck of the patient, skin texture, bone structure, the amount and extent of fat, and the degree of sagging. Along with this surgery, eyelid aesthetics can also be performed. In addition, procedures such as fat injections, PRP, filling injections and forehead stretching can be added to this surgery. Blood thinners such as aspirin, ginkogloba and vitamin E should be discontinued at least one week before.

SURGERY AGE

On average 40 years and above; under the age of 40, the result is an operation suitable for people with sagging, fat and folds on the neck, face and lips. 

ANESTHESIA METHOD AND DURATION

Operations are performed under general anesthesia in a hospital environment. The operation time is between 2-4 hours. At the end of the operation, two drains are placed in the treated area. These drains are removed after 24-36 hours. The patient comes out of the surgery with a facelift corset and is asked to wear this corset for a week.

Healing Process

Your stitches do not need to be removed after surgery, as they are usually self-melting. Your few stitches that do not melt, if any, are removed on the 7th day. Swelling on your face starts to disappear in 1-2 weeks. It is recommended to massage properly with moisturizers to soften your skin and reduce your swelling. Pain is not uncomfortable and can be easily controlled with pain medications. Swelling and bruises decrease rapidly within the first few days and disappear within 2 weeks. It takes about 4-6 months for the skin to sit properly on the face. While some patients need reoperation after 7 to 15 years depending on the tissue quality, many patients do not need a second aesthetic.

Points To Be Considered After Surgery

  • The person must protect his7 her face from physical factors. During the post-operative recovery phase, the stretched face should not be exposed to excessive movement.
  • It is necessary to lie on your back and your head up easily and protect your face.
  • Pain medication should be used regularly when necessary.
  • When dressing, stay away from narrow neck clothes that will put pressure on your face.
  • It is necessary not to smoke for 1 month after the operation. Since smoking clogs the capillaries in the body it affects the capillary blood circulation in the face after surgery and slows the healing process.
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