Aging is a natural process that happens to us all, but seeing wrinkles around the lips, forehead, and laugh line causes us grief. Signs of aging are visible all over our bodies, but they are more visible on the face and breasts. As we age, the skin’s stretchy feature and subcutaneous fat decrease, the tissue around our eyes and lower jaw soften and our face gets wrinkled and tried. Facelift surgery can rejuvenate your face and make you look at least 10 years younger.

Which factors increase the sagging and wrinkling of the skin?

Aside from getting older and a decrease in subcutaneous fat, which are both normal, other factors expediting this process include:

  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • Inconsistent weight fluctuation
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Sunbathing
  • Being under constant stress

What is the appropriate age for facelift surgery and who is a suitable candidate?

Facelift surgery is usually done on patients between the ages of 40 and 60, however, it is not necessarily age restricted. Every individual’s face gets about 5 to 10 years younger after removing the excess fat, tightening of underlying muscles, and stretching the skin of face and neck.

But who is this surgery for:

Determining whether you need surgery or not depends on the following criteria:

  • Lots of wrinkles and loose sagging skin
  • Deep crease from the nose to the corner of the mouth
  • Deep wrinkles on the cheeks
  • Loose skin around the neck and under the chin

It is important that you are aware of the fact that only non-smokers benefit from this cosmetic treatment. In case you’re a smoker, you have to be prepared to accept the fact that your result might not be as good as others.

Benefits of a facelift surgery:

  • You can enhance your facial features with only one surgery
  • The results of this surgery can last up to 10 years depending on proper care
  • Looking almost 10 years younger
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Having a leaner and more attractive neck
  • Having a more vibrant look by removing the sagging from your jowl and cheeks

Which facial defects won’t be resolved with a facelift?

You shouldn’t expect all signs of aging to suddenly be removed after this surgery. This surgery does not have an effect on lifting the eyebrows and if you’re suffering from eyebrow sagging, you need to have a separate brow lift surgery.
It is also worth mentioning that the eyelids don’t change either.

Also, the wrinkles around the lips cannot be fixed through a facelift.

In order to resolve these issues you need to undergo separate surgeries but they can be done at the same time. Patients usually prefer to regain their beauty and youthful look through a synthetic surgery. During the consultation, you will be informed of the corrections which can be made to your face and different suitable methods in order to achieve those desired results.

Different facelift methods:

Facial rejuvenation methods can be done with or without surgery. All in all, non-surgical methods include fat injection, Botox injection, gel injection, laser resurfacing (peel), RF skin rejuvenation, thread lift and similar methods which don’t need anesthesia and are ambulatory.

It needs to be stated that the results achieved through non-surgical methods are incomparable with the surgical option. Non-surgical methods are only useful when used before complete sagging of the skin. In fact, these methods delay the need to have a facelift.

Therefore if you’re looking to achieve a desired result, it is best to consult with a doctor.

What are the preparation steps for facelift surgery?

Consultation before surgery:

Consultation is the most important step in treatment. In the consultation session, you’ll be asked to talk to us about your face and answer questions including:

Which of your facial features you’re dissatisfied with?

Which facial lines make you upset?

What are your expectations from a facelift surgery?

During this session, your surgeon will discuss different treatment options, procedures and treatment plan, types of incisions, potential results and costs. Therefore, your face is photographed and based on those you’ll have a conversation with the surgeon. The treatment process is determined based on each patient’s physical and facial skin condition. Our team of specialists focus on providing the best possible service and results to you.

Pre-surgery recommendations:

In preparation for a facelift you should avoid doing any of the following 2 to 4 weeks before surgery:

  • Taking aspirin
  • Smoking
  • Laying under the sun, sunbathing, or sun tanning
  • Using rejuvenating face creams

The night before surgery take a shower and wash your head and face properly and also rest well. Before entering the operating room, your face must not have any makeup

Surgical procedure:

Our plastic surgeons make incisions along the temple and continue around the ear for a facelift. Most of the incisions are located on the hairline so they are virtually invisible. Skin is separated from its underlying tissue and the muscles are lifted and also the skin is repositioned. It is also possible to make a small and thin incision under the chin. If the skin aging is limited to certain spots then the facelift can be done with smaller and fewer incisions.

During the facelift surgery, you will be under general anesthesia and will not feel any pain.

Our facelift surgery impacts the aging process significantly and will result in having a softer, smoother, and more youthful skin. Facelift has a considerable effect on the neck and chin. The wrinkles around your mouth can also be treated using Dermabrasion, peeling and laser.

Many patients choose a mix of facelift, eyelid and forehead surgery, or chin liposuction. Whatever surgery combination you’re looking for, our goal is to give you a more youthful and vibrant look.

What are the postoperative care steps for a facelift?

Before returning home, your bandages are removed and renewed. This bandage must remain in place at all times until you return for a visit the next week.

After 24 to 48 hours, the surgical area will swell up significantly but this will subside in a matter of weeks. Due to the swelling and bruising you might get a sense that your face is asymmetrical. No need to worry, after just one or two weeks, your face will start look better.

In order to reduce the swelling and soreness, you could use a cold pack for 15 minutes and after that rest your face for another 15 minutes.

The first few days after facelift surgery you might experience some pain, but this pain can be relieved using pain medication. It is important that you keep your head elevated for some time; therefore, it is recommended that you put a few extra pillows under your head and also protect your face from the cold and always be aware of your body’s signals.

In case an antibiotic has been prescribed for you, make sure to take it on the exact time and day specified.

In order to return to your normal routine, you have to wait one week and you can resume intense exercising and activity, 3 to 4 weeks after the facelift surgery.

Three days after the facelift surgery, you’re allowed to take a shower. Bathing and showering prevent infection in the scar location. Remember that the scar must be kept as dry as possible.

During your recovery and convalescence, taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and smoking are prohibited.

Avoid eating foods which require you to chew a lot.

Avoid straining yourself, bending over, lifting heavy objects and intense sports such as swimming and running and any kind of activity which would put pressure on you or increase your blood pressure for one week.

Avoid direct exposure to the sun and make sure to use sunscreen after the treatment period to protect you skin.

When will the results of facelift surgery be noticeable?

It may take nearly 6 months for you to be finally able to evaluate the results of the facelift surgery. But after removing your sutures, you will notice a significant improvement in how much younger your face looks. Additionally, it’s always best to have realistic expectations and all these matters will be explained to you before surgery.

How long do the results from facelift surgery last?

The longevity of the results of a facelift depends on many factors, some of which depend on the patient and the results can be extended by avoiding them. Individuals, who don’t smoke, don’t expose themselves to direct sunlight, take care of their health, and own good genes experience higher longevity in terms of the results.

These people are expected to maintain their results for up to 10 years. However, if you don’t take care of your skin and body, you shouldn’t expect the results to last for more than 5 years.

After the stated amount of time has passed, patients can reschedule for surgery.

What are the risks and complications of facelift surgery?

Any invasive procedure comes with its own specific risks and complications. Our team of skilled and experienced surgeons strive to provide the best possible experience for you by presenting you the desired results. Still, the risks associated with this surgery include bleeding, infection, and temporary facial nerve failure and injury.

Bleeding is the most common complication in facelift surgery. Accumulation of blood under the skin happens in 10 percent of patients which must be resolved swiftly and meticulously.

Damage to a facial nerve is one the most significant complications of this surgery which can luckily be reduced vitally at our clinic by having our skilled and experienced surgeon perform the surgery.

A temporary complication worth mentioning is the chance of hair loss at the place of the incision. This condition gets resolved on its own after a while and your hair will grow back. Until then, cover the incision using cosmetics or hair from the parts close to it.

If you’re worried and sensitive about this issue and your hair is quite short, then we recommend you wait a bit before going through with the surgery, at least until your hair is a bit longer.

How much does a facelift surgery cost?

The costs of a facelift surgery depend on many different factors which cannot be determined beforehand and without examination. The cost of this surgery depends on the technique, facility costs, surgeon’s fee, type of anesthesia, and geographical location. You will be informed more about this in the consultation session.

Feel free to book a consultation with us!

Every person has their own situation and preferences. You might wish to look more youthful or you might have unfortunately been in a terrible accident and as a result your face has become damaged or you might be suffering from facial changes due to an illness.

We will evaluate your preferences and expectations and provide you with the best plausible treatment option. You will also be informed about the treatment costs and your estimated waiting period to schedule an appointment. Our team of specialists would be pleased to answer your doubts and questions so feel free to discuss them with us.

You can book a consultation session with our professionals online. You can also call us at 040 – 65 66 660.

We look forward to seeing you at Estetikcentrum.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about professional plastic surgeries. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.