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Hannah, United States
star star Jul 2021

Abud exceeded all my expectations

Abud exceeded all my expectations for Flymedi. He was readily available to answer my questions and put my mind at ease. I was never made to feel like I asked too many questions or rushed at all, he spoke to me as if he were a long time friend. He was also very clear about everything I am going to expect on my trip, from accommodations to the procedure, down to the weather and beautiful things to see in Turkey. Abud makes things so simple and takes the stress away from traveling. I could not and most likely would not have done this without Abud and his help!

Anita Tlotlo Baliki, Botswana
star star Jul 2021

First time plastic surgery experience with FlyMedi

I contacted Flymedi about getting a breast augmentation done and I was contacted by Abud shortly thereafter who was helped me through the initial planning phase so well. Since I am coming all the way from Africa and have never traveled alone, Abud organized a video call with the surgeon to go over some of the questions I had as well as my expectations of the surgery. I am very pleased with the service so far and already feel safe about traveling to Istanbul for my surgery

Renate Podgorac, Austria
star star Jul 2021

Very helpful and trustful

Kate was so far very helpful and trustful - delivered all wanted information, very helpful with the booking and organization!

Grace Diamond, United Kingdom
star star Jul 2021

Affordable and professional treatment

Fantastic!! Definitely recommend booking via flymedi, prices are affordable which isn’t the case where I live. So far everything’s running smoothly and any questions I’ve had have been answered honestly and promptly. very caring and professional towards your needs and no judgments

El, Canada
star star Jul 2021

Angela went above and beyond my expectations. She is very friendly and you can always feel at ease contacting her. She made sure I was comfortable with our choice of surgeon Dr. Can Karaca and set up a video call for me. Always ready to help and answer any questions (she would always be available despite the 7 hour time difference)! I wasn’t really sure about traveling to Istanbul, Turkey for my procedure until I met Angela and she explained everything from start to finish and stood behind her words to always be of assistance. Mind you I have been researching for months now for a good doctor and went back and forth between waiting 2 years to get my surgery done in Canada or even traveling to Mexico for it! I was thinking Turkey would be a difficult route due to time difference and the distance but I’m very happy I chose to go to Turkey with Flymedi and I’m glad my agent was Angela Sabou! Do not hesitate to work with Flymedi and especially request Angela if you can!!! - a very satisfied client

Recommended For Facelift

Facelift surgery is recommended for patients with: 

  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Jowls
  • Eye bags
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Deep creases around the mouth and nose
  • Excess skin under the chin and in the neck

Not Recommended For Facelift

Facelift surgery is not recommended for patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure, and other serious health conditions. Heavy smokers are included in this category as well – smoking can influence the recovery period and ultimately, the result of the facelift procedure. Healthy patients who do not have medical conditions that impair healing and have realistic expectations are generally accepted as good candidates for the facelift procedure. 

Discharge From Hospital

Patient may spend one night in hospital

Duration Of Operation

2 to 5 hours

Overview

Facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy procedure (literally translating as the surgical removal of wrinkles) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the USA. According to latest data released by American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelift surgery or face lifting is 6th most common surgeries performed in 2018 with the number of 121,531 procedures, after top 5 plastic surgeries which are breast augmentation, liposuction, nose job (rhinoplasty union eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

Facelift surgery is mostly preferred by patients that wish to have a more youthful facial appearance. There are a few different techniques which can be applied during facelift surgery – usually, excess facial skin is removed, and the underlying tissue is tightened for a better and long-lasting effect. Facelift surgery is often combined with an eyelid surgery procedure for a better effect.

Facelift surgery can also be combined with the following procedures to enhance the youthful appearance of the patients: 

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Neck lift
  • Brow lift
  • Forehead lift
  • Fat transfer
  • Skin peels

Preparation

The patient should avoid vitamins, herbal teas and blood thinners such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 2 weeks before the facelift surgeryas those supplements and medications can increase bleeding and bruising during and after the surgery. The patient should also stop smoking, as it can have a negative effect on the healing process.

How It Is Performed

A facelift procedure is an effective way to help patients rejuvenate their facial appearance. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia applied, the surgeon will create an incision behind the hairline and around the front of the ear. The surgeon will then proceed to lift the skin and fatty tissue and separate it from the underlying muscle and tissue. The excess skin is then carefully removed, and once a satisfactory result is achieved, the surgeon will proceed to close the incision with sutures. Drains may be applied in some cases, to help eliminate excess bodily fluid and facilitate the recovery process. 

The whole area is then bandaged in order to prevent infection, and the facelift recovery period can begin. The surgery usually takes 4 hours, and the patient will be required to spend a night in the hospital.Mini facelifts, which have more slender effects than the standard facelift procedure, use shorter incisions at the temples that continue around the ear.

Recovery

The facelift recovery period lasts around a week in most cases. During the facelift recovery period, the patient should not use makeup for at least 4-5 days after the surgery. Once the dressings are removed in around 7 days, the patient can return to normal activities.It generally takes about two weeks for resuming a normal level of daily activity same with the patient did before the surgery. For more strenuous activities, like exercise, patients should wait about four weeks.

Risks

One of the most common facelift complications is developing an infection. 

Other facelift complications can include: 

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Blood clots
  • Pain or scarring
  • Damage to facial nerves
  • Hematoma
  • Skin necrosis – smoking can increase the risk of this happening
  • Hair loss – due to incisions

Side Effects

The patient may feel discomfort, pain, and nausea from the anesthesia for 1-2 days after the surgery. Patients also experience inflammation, problems with wound healing, prolonged swelling, and bruising, but these post-op effects will gradually pass in around 5 to 10 days after the facelift surgery. If not, the patient should inform the doctor in case of any extraordinary condition. 

Success Rates

A survey based on 131 facelift surgery reviews sets the satisfaction rate at 97.8% (87 patients union one year after the procedure was performed. A follow-up 12 years later, after the facelift surgery sets the satisfaction rate at 68.5% (61 patients). 

While there are many non-surgical choices to get a more youthful look, such as Botox, dermal fillers, laser lifts or face tape, facelift surgery provides the most permanent results with the high satisfaction rates.

Before And After

Facelift surgery is a long-lasting solution for patients wishing a more youthful appearance. The results of this procedure last for around 10 years.

A thread facelift or facelift threading is a safe and effective alternative to traditional facelift surgery in particular cases. This procedure is designed to be less invasive, more quickly, and with less risk than the standard approach. 

Faq

Are Facelift Scars Visible?  Facelift scars are hidden in the hairline or the natural creases of the skin, so they are not visible.


If I Have Facelift Surgery, Will My Face Look Too Tight?
The patient will have a natural looking facial appearance after facelift surgery. It’s a good idea to see a couple of facelifts before and after pictures in order to get a good idea of what the procedure can achieve. 

How Long Until The Permanent Facelift Surgery Results Are Noticeable? It can take up to a year before the permanent results of facelift surgery are visible. During this time, the swelling gradually subsides, and small changes take place.There are also some long-term recommendations for the patients to keep the results long-lasting, such as maintaining a healthy weight and adopting a consistent and quality skin care regimen.

Extra Content

This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in May, 2019.