When you get older, gravity negatively affects your skin. Sagging, loss of elasticity, and wrinkles begin to appear on your face. Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and redraping of the skin of your face and neck. A facelift is generally combined with other procedures such as eyelid lift and forehead lift.
Worldwide, more than a hundred thousand people have facelift operation each year. If you have a strong bone structure and still have some skin elasticity while having a facial sagging, you can be a candidate, too.
It is not hard to be eligible for a facelift procedure. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!
You may be a good candidate:
The outcomes of facelift can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.
Facelift can address all kinds of aesthetical concerns, related to the signs of aging, about your face. A facelift procedure improves the most visible signs of aging. Through facelift, you look younger and fresher, you will have a more youthful appearance. Your face is rejuvenated by about five to ten years. You will get rid of sagging, unwanted lines, and wrinkles on the skin of your face.
The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. For most people, sagging or deformed appearance of the face is a big concern. If you are not happy with the appearance of your face, you can experience serious psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-confidence and social life. After the procedure, you will have a more positive self-image. Your newly lifted youthful face will boost your self-confidence.
After the surgery, your incisions might be covered with bandages to decrease swelling and bruising. A small drainage tube might be placed under the skin behind your ears. The day after surgery, these will be removed, and your surgeon will apply some antibiotic ointment to your incisions and cover your face with new bandages. 2-3 days after your facelift operation, you might be freed from bandages and wear an elasticized facial sling. You may experience some pain and discomfort within this period, but it can be eased with pain medication. Besides, you can apply cold compress to your face to ease pain and decrease swelling. About a week after surgery, your surgeon will remove your stitches and assess your healing rate. Depending on your healing process, you may need to take 2-3 weeks off work.
Swelling and bruising will gradually disappear and should be difficult to notice after about 1-2 weeks. Within two weeks, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities. After four to six weeks, you can return to strenuous exercises and demanding physical activities. 6-8 weeks after the surgery, the scars will start to fade. In addition, you will be more vulnerable to sunlight for several weeks, and you should wear a hat and apply sunscreen regularly. A few months after the surgery, your recovery will be completed. During your whole recovery period, your surgeon and Clineca will inform you and guide you.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“Facelift procedure does miracles for suitable patients. With the help of advanced surgical techniques and easily combinable lifting procedures, we are able to work to ‘turn back the clock’, for our patients.”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. It is of critical importance that you give your doctor every detail, from the conditions you might have to the operations you had in the past, to the medications and supplements you use, to minimize the risks the surgery could bring. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:
“Of course, there are non-surgical cosmetic procedures for the face. But the most effective treatment against the most of the marks of aging on the face is facelift surgery.”
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