Looking into the mirror, many men and women feel like they look older than they actually are. The drooping bags of skin and fat, loss of muscle tone and loss of elasticity to collagen depletion can make you feel less confident about yourself. Facelift Turkey can fix these issues and give you a more youthful appearance.
What Is a Facelift Turkey?
In a rhytidectomy or facelift procedure, the surgeon repositions/removes excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles in the lower half of the face (cheeks, neck and jowls). Surgical incisions are made along the hairline for lifting the entire facial skin upwards and backwards. This surgery can get rid of deep wrinkles and creases, giving you a more youthful appearance.
It’s important to note that if you have a droopy forehead, eyebrows, or eyelids, you’d need to have other cosmetic surgeries (brow lift/forehead lift and eyelid surgery) as facelift Turkey surgery does not address those issues. In addition, the surgery does not change the bone structure or skin quality. It will not get rid of any age spots or melasma.
What’s Facelift Turkey Cost?
Turkey has become a hub of cosmetic surgery. The Turkish Ministry of Health regulates medical tourism to ensure the provision of safe and quality healthcare. Since facelift is cosmetic surgery, it is not available on the NHS and, the cost of this surgery in private clinics can vary by location, surgical technique, size of the treatment area, anaesthesia, and the qualifications of the surgeon.
A facelift Turkey cost is 3-5 times less than that in the UK, which is why many people choose to become medical tourists. This is, in part, made possible by the currency exchange rate. According to a survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), almost 10,000 people had this surgical procedure in Turkey in 2020 alone. And this is because of the affordable facelift surgery cost.
Clinics also offer treatment packages inclusive of hotels, transfers, aftercare, surgical fees and anaesthesia to further lower the facelift surgery prices. Of course, a mini face lift Turkey cost is less than a full facelift, but prices can vary depending on any additional body or facial plastic surgery that you’re undergoing.
Who Can Have Facelift Turkey & Why?
You are a good candidate for facelift surgery in Turkey if:
- Your facial skin is sagging below the lower eyelids, around the nose and the mouth, chin, and jawline.
- You have jowls from the displacement of fat pads and loss of skin elasticity.
- You are in good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations from the surgery.
- You do not have a wound-healing disorder, cardiac disease, and/or diabetes.
It’s important to note that if you’re pregnant, you aren’t recommended facelift Turkey surgery because the quality of skin can change while you’re pregnant, and weight gain can also stretch the skin. Moreover, general anesthesia can result in serious health complications for pregnant women. Therefore, it is better if you wait to get this surgery at least 6 months after birth.
Am I Suitable For Facelift?
What To Think About Before You Have Facelift Turkey?
When deciding on a clinic for your face lift surgery in Turkey, it is important that you ask the right questions to make the right decision. You should begin by asking if the clinic centre or hospital is registered with a regulatory body.
Also, ask what are the registrations, licensing, and memberships of the plastic surgery department? Follow this up by asking how many facelift Turkey surgeries have the plastic surgeons performed and for how many years have they been doing so.
Next, you should ask about the expected surgical outcome from the surgery and the location of the incisions. Make sure to find out how well do scars from a face lift procedure heal and the risk and complications associated with every face lift surgery performed.
Ask the clinic if it’s possible for you to meet a previous patient of the surgeon who had a facelift Turkey procedure. Lastly, make sure to ask about the kind of follow-up you can expect after the surgery.
How Best To Prepare For Facelift Turkey?
Before getting a facelift surgery in Turkey, you need to prepare yourself in a few ways. First, discontinue blood thinners, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and vitamin/herbal supplements before the plastic surgery operation.
All these can make you bleed more during the surgery and delay healing afterwards. Since smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol or doing recreational drugs can lead to the same problems, you need to avoid them 1 week before the surgery.
On the night of the facelift Turkey surgery, make sure to take a bath the night of the surgery to make sure that the surgical area is clean. On the day of the surgery, remove any facial piercing or jewellery items. Also, do not apply any serums, moisturizers, or makeup to your face or hair.
What Does Facelift Turkey Involve?
First, the surgeon will perform a physical exam to check your facial anatomy. S/he will determine the extent of sagging skin. After that, the surgeon marks the surgical areas and then proceeds to administer general anaesthesia. In some cases, the surgery’s also done under local anaesthesia and sedation.
First, the surgeon will make the incisions to lift the skin. Then s/he will tighten the underlying muscles and remove (or reposition) the excess fat, and eliminate sagging skin. After that, the wounds are sutured, and the surgeon will place a dressing on them. Also, you might also have surgical drains around the ears to speed up the healing process. The total surgical time is 2-3 hours. However, it can take longer if you’re getting other cosmetic surgeries.
The surgical technique that the surgeon recommends depends on the aesthetic goals that the patient intends to achieve from the surgery. There are two types of facelift Turkey surgery.
Mini Face Lift Surgery
This surgery eliminates sagging skin on the lower half of the face from the cheeks to the jawline. It’s best suited for patients whose main concern is marionette lines. The surgeon makes incisions in front of the ears.
Afterwards, the surgeon gently pulls the skin and tissues up and outward to get rid of the excess and tighten the appearance of the skin. Mini face lift Turkey surgery can involve redistribution of fat to areas that have lost volume or removal of fat from the jowls and tightening the facial muscles.
Full Facelift Surgery
In full facelift surgery, both excess skin is eliminated and the underlying facial muscles are tightened. It includes the lower half of the face and the neck region.
The surgeon begins by making incisions at the temples along the hairline, around the front of the ears, and then goes behind them towards the lower scalp. These are made on both sides of the face. In a full facelift Turkey, incisions might also be made under the chin if the jawline is to be lifted. This surgery is more invasive and suitable for people who have extensive sagging and require significant tissue adjustment.
Following is an overview of the differences between the two facelift Turkey surgeries. It can give you an idea of the surgery that’ll best suit your needs.
|Mini Facelift||Full Facelift|
|Surgery Aim||Remove excess skin||Remove excess skin and tighten facial muscles|
|Concerned Areas||Mainly cheeks||Cheeks, jawline and the neck region|
|Incisions||In front of the ears||In front of and behind the ears|
|Suitability||Mild to moderate sagging||Severe skin sagging|
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Recovery & Results of Facelift Turkey
The surgery is usually inpatient, so you’ll have to spend the night at the hospital. When you leave the clinic after this cosmetic surgery, it’s better if you have someone accompany you. You may have pain, redness, and bruising following the surgery. Make sure to take your painkillers, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Do not shower for at least 48 hours after the surgery.
You can start eating and drinking around 4 hours after the surgery, although your face may feel a little tight. Make sure that when you’re lying down, your head is propped up against a pillow to reduce swelling. It is possible for the swelling to travel down the face to the neck. Due to the swelling, you may have to wait for at least 6-9 months to see the results of the surgery. The recovery time can vary between individuals. Full recovery can take a year.
Keep in mind that facelift Turkey surgery does not stop the clock on ageing. The effects of gravity and loss of skin elasticity due to the underproduction of collagen will stay with you. The results of the surgery may be permanent, or you might end up needing more than one treatment. Your lifestyle, genetics, and diet can affect the longevity of the results.
Facelift Turkey Surgery Aftercare
To keep the surgical area dry, clean and healing normally, you need to avoid vigorous physical activity. You should also avoid bending down. Also, it’s crucial to avoid any sexual activities for at least a month after the surgery. You also should not go to a swimming pool, saunas or hot baths for a few weeks after the surgery.
Avoid direct, prolonged exposure to sunlight. And when you do go out, make sure to wear sunscreen (start doing so after the incisions are healed). You have to wait for 1-2 weeks before starting to apply makeup or moisturizers on the face. Before you do that, make sure to consult the surgeon. It’s better if you take two to four weeks off work to rest and allow your body to heal.
Side Effects to Expect After Facelift Turkey
You may experience the following side effects after a facelift surgery:
Stiffness and Swelling: The tightening of the muscles and the repositioning of the skin might make your face feel a bit stiff. You may feel tightness on opening your mouth. Other than that, you may experience swelling around the cheeks, jaw, chin, and neck. This is usually accompanied by inflammation. You can use cold compresses to reduce swelling while keeping the head elevated. These side effects can take a few weeks to a few months to go away.
Bruising: Soon after the surgery, you may have visible bruising in the surgical areas. However, it will start fading after 2 weeks. After the facelift Turkey surgery, you may experience bruising for up to 9 months.
Scarring: Incisions result in scarring. However, their colour will change will red to purple as it continues to fade over 1-2 years. It is quite likely that the scars won’t completely go away. In addition, you may have raised skin around the temples and the hairline.
What Could Go Wrong After Facelift Turkey?
The surgery’s considered safe, and the recovery process can proceed normally if you follow the surgeon’s instructions. Failure to do so or due to some other reasons, the following surgical complications can arise:
Infection: This can affect the results of the surgery, so make sure that you take your antibiotics, don’t smoke, and avoid activities that make you sweat.
Asymmetry: It is possible that the skin tightening and the removal of loose skin leave the two sides of the face asymmetrical. The effect can be exacerbated by the raised scars around the incision site. It can settle with time.
Hair Loss: You can end up losing hair around the areas where the surgeon makes incisions for the facelift Turkey surgery. It can happen in a mini face lift Turkey or full facelift. It may be permanent.
Blood Clotting: There’s a risk of the formation of blood clots in the deep vein. This blood clot can also travel to the lungs and get lodged there.
What To Do If You Have Problems After Facelift Turkey?
International patients who’re experiencing any problems after facelift Turkey can get in touch with the Aftercare team online for a free consultation. You can also reach out to your surgeon via the related department to talk about your symptoms. Other than that, if you’re unsure that your recovery is proceeding normally, you can learn more about the aftercare through post-op guides available on our website.
Alternatives To Facelift Turkey Surgery
One non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery is getting Botox injections which can address the loss of volume and firm up the skin. However, it won’t deliver dramatic or satisfactory results if the patient has excessively drooping skin around the face and a sagging neck.
Plastic surgeons can also recommend a fat grafting procedure to fill in the sunken areas of the face. However, that alone might not address all the aesthetic concerns of the patient.
Other Procedures to Have with Facelift Turkey
When getting facelift Turkey surgery, it is common for patients to get eyebrow lift and eyelid surgery to get rid of flabby skin around the face. Most commonly, patients combine a neck lift surgery with a facelift for a more dramatic transformation. You can also get breast surgery and liposuction when getting a facelift.
|Procedure||Injection of Botulinum toxin into muscles||Removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of facial muscles|
|Aim||Smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines||Gets rid of sagging skin and wrinkles|
|Treatment Time||10-15 minutes||2-3 hours|
|Frequency of Treatment||After every 6 months (has side effects in case of long-term use)||One-time|
|Overall Results||Temporary Prevents further deepening of mild to moderate wrinkles and fine lines.||PermanentMore dramatic with visible change immediately after the surgery.|
FAQs for Facelift Turkey Surgery
Can I see the before/after photos of patients who had facelift Turkey surgery?
Yes, you can check the before/after photos of patients in the gallery on our website. You can also ask for the patient portfolio of the surgeon performing your facelift surgery.
Will my face look “pulled” after facelift surgery?
No. Your face will not appear pulled or tight. The skin will sit naturally on your face.
Can I get facelift surgery on sun-damaged skin?
Some of the fine lines and wrinkles resulting from sun damage cannot be treated by a facelift Turkey. To achieve the best results, it’s better to get a laser resurfacing treatment before the surgery. This way, you’ll see a noticeable change in your appearance.
When can I go back to the UK after my facelift Turkey surgery?
You’ll have to come in for one check-up appointment for removing the dressing/stitches after the plastic surgery. All in all, you can go back to the UK 6-7 days after being discharged.