Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

With aging, the effects that the gravity, sun rays, and the stresses of daily life left on the face become more noticeable. Deep wrinkles form between the nose and mouth; the jawline gets slack and flabby; folds and fat accumulations appear around the neck.

Face lift operation cannot stop this aging process but can put the clock back. The face can be enabled to change back to how it looked years ago, by removing excess fat, ensuring the muscles to be in their anatomical positions, and stretching the sagging skin. Face lift operation can be done alone, or in conjunction with forehead lift, blepharoplasty, or rhinoplasty.

Who are Suitable for Face Lift?

Anybody whose face and neck have begun to sag, and whose skin elasticity and the facial bone structure are suitable can have a face lift.

This surgery will make your appearance better, will enable you to look younger, and will be useful in terms of the improvement of your self-confidence.


This surgical procedure is usually carried out under general anesthesia, and you need to stay in hospital on the surgery day.

Surgery lasts two to three hours. After surgery, drains are used with intent to prevent the accumulation of blood, and the head is wrapped in a bandage. Drains are usually removed within two days.

The bandage is usually removed after the fifth day. Swelling and bruising that may develop on your face will disappear within two to three weeks. The sutures are removed 7-10 days after the surgery.

A temporary postoperative numbness may occur in the face. These symptoms disappear within a couple of weeks.

Normally you can be up and about within a day or two; however, you should know that you will not be able to take care of your job for at least a week.

Initially you may find strange the appearance of your face. You may be unable to make facial expressions due to the swelling in your face. Therefore, you may initially be dissatisfied with the result.

Patients usually begin to feel better as from the third week. 10-15 days may be required for you to get back to work.

If you have not any unrealistic expectations, such as getting result at early periods, the surgery has a high satisfaction rate.

Face lift operations do not leave noticeable lines because they involve incisions made in such a way as to be well-matched with the natural lines.

It should be noted that the face lift operation does not stop the time but puts the clock back.

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Prof. Dr. Murat Emiroğlu
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