Facelift and neck lift surgery improve age-related loose skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscle from temples to neck and it restores the impaired oval shape of the face. The Aim of facelift and neck lift operations is not to change facial expressions but to put back the anatomical structures, which loosen due to aging, in their proper place and make face regain the appearance which it had many years ago.
In the lifting operation, not only the skin of face but also deep tissues under the skin are intervened and therefore the results become more effective and last for many years.
It is possible to remove excess fat from under the chin and upper part of the neck via liposuction during this surgery. On the other hand, it is possible to inject fat into necessary regions to restore face ovality and to regain vitality, during lifting. Since this operation is performed for the loose tissues on the face and neck, it does not have any effect on the fine wrinkles on the face and under the eyes. Non-surgical cosmetic methods can be used for these fine wrinkles in addition to the facelift. Lifting can be performed alone, however, most of the time it is combined with other methods like blepharoplasty, laser applications, Botox, peeling, hyaluronic acid fillers.
Incisions necessary for lifting are in the temple area and nape, remaining incisions are inside the ear, front and back of the ear. That is to say, incisions are hidden in a way that is not visible.
Facelift and neck lift surgeries can be done after 40 years of age if it is needed.
Before the Operation
Smoking must be given up definitely 2 months before surgery. Additionally, from 15 days before the surgery, aspirin and other blood thinner drugs, Omega-3 capsules, green tea and herbal teas should not be used.
Lifting is usually performed under general anesthesia, it takes 3-4 hours according to intervention and one night of hospitalization is necessary. Stitches are removed after 7-14 days depending on the region.
After the Operation
Face and neck lift is not a painful operation. However, there may be swellings and bruises. They disappear in few days. The patient can put on makeup for 10 days. It is recommended to protect scars, which are not covered under the hair, with a high factor sun cream.