Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and In Europe, according to population – it has over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is Turkey’s financial, cultural and healthcare hub – it’s the city with the most JCI accredited private hospitals. The city spreads on both sides of the Bosphorus – The strait that divides the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. Istanbul also connects Europe to Asia forming a very interesting mix, both gastronomically and culturally.
Over 11 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2012, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.
Sights to See
The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque incorporates Islamic architecture and Byzantine Christian elements in its design. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The Mosque got its name from the 20,000 Iznik blue ceramic tiles used to line its interiors. The Blue Mosque is also the final resting place of Sultan Ahmed which commissioned the building in 1609, with work finishing in 1616.
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is huge, with a total of 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. It was built in order to store water during the Byzantine time – in the 6th century. Most of the columns feature decorative carvings, as they were re-used from other classical-age structures. Some of the most interesting columns on the site are the Medusa stones, in the north-west corner of the Cistern.
Topkapı Palace is one of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. The palace itself was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been the residence of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. The palace is a vast complex of richly decorated courtyards and rooms. The palace features a Harem, the Imperial Treasury room, the Imperial Council Chamber, the Second Court, the Third Court (the Sultan’s private rooms) and the Palace Kitchens. The palace became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and has been described as “one of the best examples of palaces of the Ottoman period”.
Tourists can enjoy a wide range of shopping centres and bazaars such as the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian bazaar and many modern shopping malls all around Istanbul.
Things to Know
● Tourists arriving in Istanbul will be required to purchase a tourist Visa – the procedure can be easily done online or at a visa machine before the immigration section of the airport. The Visa costs around 20 USD.
● There are 3 main airports in Istanbul. Hazerfen Airport is a private airport with limited traffic. Atatürk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Usually planes land at the Atatürk Airport (IATA:IST) which is just 20 km from the city centre. From there a visitor can take a taxi to Taksim Square for around TRY60. Tourists can also use a local airport service called Havataş which runs express bus services every 30 minutes for around TRY11 to Taksim Square and Aksaray.
● Food and drink at the airport is quite expensive and may cost 4 times more than in the city. It is advisable to bring your own meals from the town if you have a lot of waiting to do at the airport. There is also a supermarket close to the airport metro entrance where you can buy reasonably priced food and drink.
● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira (TRY) just about anywhere across Istanbul. Most shops and supermarkets also accept credit cards for payment.
● Roaming fees in Turkey are expensive, but you can simply buy a new SIM card when you reach Istanbul and use it for the duration of your stay.
● Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate, so the summer months are generally warm and in winter temperatures differ from place to place.
Mid-face lift procedure (known by some as cheek lift) is a new trend in cosmetic medicine. It is different, less invasive than a traditional face lift while affecting areas which are not changed during the traditional procedure. As the name suggests, mid-face lift treatment focuses on the mid-face area, especially cheeks and skin around eyes. While it cannot be counted as a totally non-surgical face lift, the scope of cosmetic surgeon’s inference is smaller than in traditional facelift. It is reflected in the time of mid-face lift procedure and the fact, that it is an out-patient procedure and does not require staying in the night after in hospital.
A mid-face lift is sometimes combined with a traditional facelift as well as with other procedures, such as neck lift, to provide a more holistic effect in rejuvenating one’s appearance.
Mid-Face Lift Candidates
All individuals who experience sagging of skin on their cheeks and under their eyes are good candidates for mid-face lift. Still, in order to undergo this cosmetic surgery, a patient should be of relatively good health. While it is almost a non-surgical face lift (especially in comparison with a traditional face lift), it still carries certain risks which can be minimized if a patient enjoys a good health and doesn’t have any significant health conditions.
Am I Suitable for Mid-Face Lift?
Heavy smokers, patients suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes or any other serious medical conditions.
Preparing for Mid-Face Lift
Smoking is prohibited for a certain period before the mid-face lift procedure. The same goes for all blood-thinning medicines like aspirin. There can be some medical evaluation necessary, in order to establish whether you are able to undergo this plastic surgery.
How is Mid-Face Lift Performed?
There are two main techniques in mid-face lift surgery:
• The traditional approach to mid-face lift surgery means face lifting by pulling up the cheek muscles through a small incision in the lash line.
• In more sophisticated and nowadays quite popular mid-face lift technique, the incisions are performed in the patient’s temple. Through them, endoscopes with attached tools are led to cheek area under the skin. This type of mid-face lift allows for more precise plastic surgery as well as more spectacular effects.
Mid-Face Lift Summary
Local or General anesthetic
Patient may spend one night in hospital
Duration of Operation
2 to 5 hours
Number of Trips Abroad
Mid-Face Lift Recovery
Mid-face lift recovery doesn’t involve a hospital stay. After the procedure and fading of anaesthesia, the patient is free to go home (although somebody should drive a car and stay with the patient for the first 24 hours after plastic surgery). For the first one-two weeks after the mid-face lift, it is recommended to stay at home due to bruising and swelling involved. Then, the patient is free to slowly return to normal life, including working. Final results of this facial plastic surgery should be visible as the swelling passes, within a few weeks from the mid-face lift.
Mid-Face Lift Risks and Complications
Since mid-face lift includes operating on cheek muscles, it carries certain risks and potential complications. Apart from risks connected to any plastic surgery that includes incisions such as excessive swelling and bruising or infection, there is a small possibility for nerve damage and connected to it temporary or permanent numbness. However, the risk of their occurrence is small in the case of mid-face lift. Still, it is better to take them into consideration while choosing a specialist to perform this plastic surgery.
Mid-Face Lift Side Effects
The immediate side effects of mid-face lift include bruising, swelling, and inflammation. However, as long as they aren’t excessive, it is a normal post-operational occurrence connected with mid-face lift.
Mid-Face Lift Success Rates
Mid-face lift enjoys a high success rate, mostly because it is almost a non-surgical face lift. However, since it is a quite complicated facial plastic surgery, please ensure that the specialist who will take care of your mid-face lift.
Before and After Mid-Face Lift
Mid-face lift brings spectacular effects. The skin on your cheeks looks younger, the whole face is rejuvenated and you can feel like a new, younger version of yourself. For this very reason, face lifting of this kind gains increasing popularity, especially that it is less invasive than a traditional face lift, including neck lift and much deeper inference.