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Facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to gain a more youthful appearance on the face by removing excess facial skin and reshaping the remaining tissues. It reshapes the lower half of the face. A facelift can tighten loose, hanging skin around the jawline and improve the face contour.

Who Can Have Facelift?

  • Healthy individuals who have loose neck skin, a loss of jawline contour, or droopy cheeks
  • Individuals whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined

Facelift Treatment Duration

Facelift surgery duration last between 2-4 hours

Facelift Risks & Side Effects

Facelift risks and side effects include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Common surgical risks
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Pain or scarring
  • Hair loss at the incision sites 

Facelift Recovery Time

Facelift recovery typically takes around 2 weeks, and vigorous activities can resume after 4 weeks.

Facelift Success Rate: 

Facelift surgery has a success rate of 90-95%

Facelift Alternative Treatments

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Facelift at Luna Clinic Turkey

How Does it Work? (How Is A Facelift Done?)

While we're getting older, our collagen levels are decreasing, and because of this change, our faces are getting wrinkles and it’s gagging. But no worries! Our helping hand rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift is here! A facelift will give you a more awake and youthful appearance by removing the sagging skin around the eyes, mouth, and jawline.

For your online consultation, we will kindly ask you to send your photos as shown in the Photography Guide down below, so we can evaluate your case.


What Does a Face Lift Surgery Involve?

Although it depends on the complexity of the surgery, it normally takes up to 4 hours to complete a facelift surgery. Once you have decided to have the surgery, you have to rest assured that each and every arm lift procedure is customized so as to match the patient’s needs, and preferences, and match you with the best facelift surgeon available in Turkey.

Below are some of the stages you can expect to go through:

1.     Final consultation with your surgeon

When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your facelift specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies, and if you’re currently taking any medication.

Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterward, you will discuss the procedure in detail. If you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration by drawing some marks on your face as he/she prepares you for the surgery.

2.     Taking the anesthesia

When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given anesthesia. Surgeons usually prefer general anesthesia, but if you’re having a mini-facelift, you will be given local anesthesia or sedation.  

3.     Operation

When the anesthesia has kicked in, your surgeon will make incisions on the hairline near the temples. The incisions can also be done on the front of your ears, down in front of and hugging the earlobes, and on the lower scalp behind the ears.

When you surgeon is done with incision-making, unwanted face and excess skin will be removed from your face. The face contours are reshaped by tightening the underlying muscles and connective tissues.

If you are having a mini-facelift, the incisions will be smaller. In the event that the facelift is being performed in conjunction with a neck lift, your neck skin will also be tightened by pulling it up and back –this is usually done through an incision made under the chin.

When the procedure is done, your surgeon will close the incisions using dissolvable sutures or skin glue. Finally, you will have surgical drainage tubes, and your face will be bandaged. 

What Should I Expect from a Face Lift Procedure?

  • You should use a thin towel around an ice bag and place it over the surgical sites. If you can do this as much as possible for the first 3 days after the surgery, you can control swelling and it will make you comfortable.
  • You may take a shower the day after your surgery, however, you should be very gentle when washing and drying the face.
  • You should avoid lifting heavy things for one week following your surgery. This may raise the blood pressure and can cause bleeding.  
  • You should arrange for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • You should rest with your head elevated well for at least the first week after surgery. 
  •  If you feel any sort of discomfort, you can take the prescribed pain medications.
  • You should restrict your activities for several days after the surgery.  It is recommended to rest well 7 to 10 days before resuming physical activity.
  • You should resume not smoking for at least 2 weeks after surgery as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
  • Protect your face, head, and neck from any pressure or impact.
  • You should avoid excessive sun exposure on your face for one month.
  • After all, stitches have been removed or resolved, postoperative scars will appear a pink color. There will also be some swelling in and around the scars. Within time, the pink color will change to white, the firmness of the scar will soften, and they will become less noticeable.

Things You Should Do Before Facelift Surgery

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other meds associated with blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Patients are advised to avoid smoking 24 hours before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So you should not take in anything alcoholic 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • If you are taking meds for chronic or acute diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, you should inform your surgeon before the surgery commences. 


Is Face Lift Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Does Face Lift Leave a Scar?

The incision scars from the facelift are permanent but can generally be concealed by the hairline and the natural contours of the face and ear.

How Much Time Should I Take Off from Work After My Facelift Procedure?

After the facelift procedure, your daily activities, including work, can usually be resumed within 2 weeks.

Is facelift surgery cost abroad affordable?

In general, yes the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But there are some factors that affect the facelift cost like the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used. 


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    Sasha, Russian Federation
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    Mariana, Spain
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    While doing a price search for plastic surgery in my own country, I came across flymedi and had my surgery at esteworld for a much more reasonable price and I am very happy. The team and flymedi were very professional.
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    Sophia, United Kingdom
    star star Apr 2022
    Ana was extremely helpful, friendly and made planning my trip so much easier. I don't know what I would have done without her! Going overseas to a country you've never been to before to get plastic surgery can be scary, having Ana made it a lot less scary knowing you have somebody there that's on your team to help you.
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    Vukašin, Serbia
    star star Jan 2022
    Thank you for all the florence nightingale team and my doctor. I have been feeling better since I had the surgery. Professional and caring staff
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    June Hamilton, United Kingdom
    star star Aug 2021
    Booked an appointment for 2022, Kirstie booked everything for me and answered all of the questions I had. She has provided me with an Excellent service, replying every messages promptly and in a very professional manner. Thankyou Kirstie I am looking forward to the next step.
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    Fernanda, Brazil
    star star Jun 2021
    Thanks so much to everyone at Kolan International Hospital who helped me through my surgery and made it such a great experience. I was very anxious and annoyed the staff to no end but they didn't even show it. I had a full facelift done and some liposuction done. Looks super natural and I feel better than I have in years.
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    Ellis McLintock, Turkey
    star star Aug 2020
    From start to finish my experience with Flymedi was exceptional. The coordinator, Abud worked hard at finding the right surgeon for me. He was constantly in contact while I was away to ensure everything went smoothly. I honestly could not be happier with the company. Dr Ozge has done an exceptional job too. Thank you Abud for making me feel confident again!
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    Maria, United States
    star star Feb 2020
    Everybody was friendly and professional. Thank you for helping me to complete this procedure. I am happy with the results, and I can say overall I was satisfied. The airport was a little far from the clinic and the hotel, but there is nothing Flymedi can do about it. I appreciate the airport pick-up for that reason. My consultant helped me with almost everything all the time. Special thanks to Angela.
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    Marije, Netherlands
    star star Jun 2019
    I underwent the operation while I was on holiday in Istanbul. 100% satisfaction!
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    Maribeth, Switzerland
    star star Jan 2019
    I highly recommended Mustafa was good assistance all the way through. From airport, hotel, and hospital. The surgeon who conduct the operation did a great job. I was hesitant at first and was scared what would be the result but waking up after the surgery I was surprised by his professionalism. As well as Mustafa was being present every time I needed him out anytime I could contacted him. He never fails. Thanks to Y'ALL guys.
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