Aging is one of the most dramatic games that time played with us. While time matures us in every way, it unfortunately causes serious loss of physical capacity and appearance. The effect of aging on the skin is a complex condition that depends on many parameters. Aging causes skin thinning, dryness and wrinkles due to the decrease in the amount of collagen. Ultraviolet and cigarettes are harmful factors that accelerate the aging process and should be avoided.
Aging does not only manifest itself on the skin but also occurs in almost all tissues that make up the face. Relaxation of the facial muscles, reduction of fat volume on the face and cheeks and the downward droop due to gravity are among the disadvantages seen in old age.
Face lift surgery is a surgical intervention that made to get rid of droopy skin and deep lines that occur with aging. This operation will provide positive improvements in facial appearance, but the thing to remember is that no operation will stop aging, just it turns back time for a while.
AM I A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR THIS OPERATION?
The best candidates for this operation are those who maintain the skin's relatively elasticity, despite the fact that they have sagging in their neck and face. Those who want to have these operations are usually over 40 years old. Although face lift is a major operation, it is not a operation to fear. It should not be forgotten that face lift operation is not enough to remove all your lines. It will be insufficient especially on the lines around the lips, and additional intervention may be required for this areas. This operation never stops aging, it will only turn back time for you.
During the interview, all factors that will adversely affect this operation will be reviewed and the best and most effective results will be tried to obtain for you. If you smoke, it will be fair to say that this will adversely affect wound healing. As smoking narrows the blood vessels, the amount of blood to the tissue will be reduced and therefore wound healing may be late and sometimes problematic. For good and problem-free wound healing, it is useful to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before operation. Aspirin or similar analgesics should be discontinued 1 week in advance as this will increase bleeding.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FACE LIFT?
For years, classical facial lifting operations involving only skin tension have been performed. However, what is essential today is the stretching of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. There are many face lift surgery techniques described today. These techniques are both related to historical development and result of the experience gained in modern medicine today. The techniques to be used are determined according to the age of the patient, skin characteristics and the current problems of the patient.
HOW LONG DOES THE EFFECT OF FACE LIFT OPERATION LAST?
Because of the different skin structure and elasticity of the individuals, it is not possible to say how long the operation will benefit. After operation, the face will continue to age as in all people.
WHAT DOES THE OPERATION CONTAIN?
Although there is little difference, the method applied to men and women is almost the same. The scar areas start in front of the sideburns and continue in front of the ear and end behind the ear. The scars are in front of the ear, at the point where the skin of the ear and face cross and it hides the scar well. The skin and subcutaneous structure are prepared as two layers and stretched separately and the face is tried to be given the healthiest new appearance.
While bleeding is controlled during the operation, drain tubes are placed on both sides to minimize the smallest possible negativity.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS ADMINISTERED AND HOW LONG DOES THE OPERATION LAST?
Face lift operation is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. If the surgical procedure involves only face lift, it takes 4-5 hours, but if combined with eyelid, forehead and under-chin fat removal procedures, the time will be longer according to the added operation.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER OPERATION?
There will be two drains coming out from behind the ears after the operation. This drain can be taken after 24-48 hours according to the control results. In the days following the surgery, after four days passed, a short bath can be taken. There will be no sewing material to be taken on your face or anywhere. After the operation, there may be a feeling of numbness in the skin at the beginning. It will take months for the senses to fully develop again. Normally, this period is about 4-6 months.
WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPERATION?
There will be swelling and bruising in varying degrees on the face after surgery. This will disappear within 3 weeks.
HOW IS THE SCAR LIKE?
Scars will occur in the cut areas. The scars will be hidden since it is in front of and behind the ear. This scar will be slight red for the first few months. Redness will disappear in time. However, the scars can be easily concealed in long hair and the presence of scars don’t disturb you in general
IS THE POSTOPERATIVE PROCESS PAINFUL?
There is no serious complaint of pain in people who have this operation.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS MAY I FACE WITH?
The most serious problem that may be encountered is the accumulation of blood under the skin. This is minimized by drains placed during operation. During the operation, nerves which stimulate facial mimic muscles can be damaged and asymmetries can occur in mimics. However, most of these asymmetries are temporary. And it will be return to normal in a few months.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RETURN TO NORMAL?
You can easily stand up the day after the operation and you can walk in the house. It will be good for you to stay away from housework for the first week. The majority of those who have this oepration can return to work within two weeks.
At the beginning, your face may seem weird to you. Facial expressions may appear reduced due to swelling. At the first week, the individual can be anxious about the new appearance and the scars. However, your appearance will be better since third week.