Although facelift is perceived as a medical procedure performed for aesthetic concerns, it is also a medical necessity from time to time. Facelift operations, which are commonly performed with aesthetic concerns, are no longer preferred only by women today.
Facelift procedures, which are also very popular among men of our age, are mostly preferred to recover skin loosening and sagging on the face after a certain age. It is not correct to talk about an age limitation for facelift procedures because it is sufficient for the person to feel that his/her face has aged and to determine that the face has lost its dynamism as a result of the examination. After bariatric surgery, which has become very popular today, patients lose serious weight and the sagging of the skin is very disturbing for individuals who have achieved a slim and fit appearance. These patients also prefer facelift techniques.
How is Facelift Surgery Performed?
In addition to facelift band and non-surgical, injection procedures for facelift, surgical facelift is also possible. If the person applies due to necessity and / or aesthetic discontent, if deformations such as loosening and sagging of the skin are detected as a result of the examination performed by the specialist physician, it is not very difficult to eliminate these problems with facelift surgery. With the developing technology, both the decrease in the costs of such operations and the acceleration of the operation and postoperative process increase the preferences in this direction. When planning the surgery, first of all, the patient’s youth photographs are examined to determine how aging occurs, where and in which direction the deformation of the face occurs.
There is a common belief that only the skin is stretched with facelift surgery. However, this is not true. With a correct and successful surgery, not only the skin but all skin layers are shaped in three dimensions. With the incision made in the skin, the connective tissues under the skin, mimic muscles and downward loosened tissues are intervened. By touching these deep tissues under the skin, the loosened and sagging elements are moved to the places where they should be on a normal face and the existing defects are eliminated. One of the main questions that comes to mind about facelift surgeries is whether there will be scars after surgery. Since facelift surgery is performed with small incisions of 1 to 2 millimeters in endoscopic methods and in a way to remain in the hair, there is no scar appearance. In classical methods, since these incisions are in front of and behind the ears and placed between the natural lines of the face, they heal over time and become invisible.
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After Facelift Surgery
Until a while ago, patients were worried that the face would be very swollen and bruised after facelift surgery and that the person would not be able to go out in public for a long time. However, today there is no need to carry these concerns. Because the developing technology in the field of plastic surgery has minimized the damage to the tissues during surgery thanks to endoscopic surgical methods, in parallel with this, the recovery time of the patients has also accelerated noticeably.
While the duration of hospitalization after surgery is usually one or two days; the patient who is discharged at the end of this period can return directly to his daily life. If there is bruising or edema on the face, it is possible to talk about the swelling starting to go down and the edema starting to disappear within 48 to 72 hours. After 7 to 10 days, the patient will be able to return to work. A waiting period of 1.5-2 months is needed for the surgery to reach its full result and for the face to regain its natural state.
Another concern about the postoperative period is that the new state of the face will be very different from the old one. Concerns such as “Will I be recognized by my environment? Will I be distinguished from my photos in documents such as driver’s license and identity card?” are extremely unfounded. Because the procedure does not interfere with the bone structure, which is the basis of facial expression. Only by intervening in the skin, a younger, more vibrant appearance is achieved.