Face Lift

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Uğur Tosun

General Surgeon
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Türkoğlu

General Surgery

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Face Lift

The results of a face lift can last for many years. The longevity depends on several factors, including the patient’s skin quality, lifestyle, and how well they care for their skin post-surgery. Generally, patients can expect the results to last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, although the face will continue to age naturally.

During the surgery, patients are under anesthesia, so they do not feel pain. Postoperative discomfort is normal but typically well-managed with prescribed pain medications. Most patients report that the discomfort is less than expected and subsides significantly within the first few days after the procedure.

Yes, a face lift can often be combined with other procedures for more comprehensive results. Common combinations include a face lift with a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or neck lift. Combining procedures can address multiple areas of concern at once, leading to more significant rejuvenation. It’s important to discuss with the surgeon what combination is appropriate based on individual needs and goals.

Ideal candidates are generally those with visible signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity, typically in their 40s to 70s.

As with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and nerve damage, though these are relatively rare.

Preparation may involve quitting smoking, avoiding certain medications, and arranging for help during recovery.

There are several types, including traditional (full) face lift, mini-face lift, and mid-face lift, each targeting different areas.

Yes, but they are typically hidden within the hairline or natural contours of the face to minimize visibility.

A face lift provides more dramatic and longer-lasting results by addressing excess skin and deeper tissue layers, unlike temporary fillers or Botox.

A face lift primarily tightens and repositions skin and underlying tissues; it doesn’t improve skin texture. Additional treatments may be needed for skin surface concerns.

A face lift focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, while a neck lift targets loose skin and muscle banding in the neck area. They can be performed together for comprehensive rejuvenation.

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