Face Lift


Face Lift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as: sagging facial skin, the lines and wrinkles between the nose and the corner of the mouth (nasolabial), loose and sagged excess skin or fat in the neck, double chin and etc. A facelift reduces wrinkles and sagging skin on the face and neck caused by aging or weight loss. The procedure removes excess skin, tightens the underlying muscles, and reshapes the skin in a higher position. The results go beyond what can be expected from wrinkle-fighting injections, different types of lifts such as cheek lifts or mini lifts addressing specific concerns.

Facelift is one of the most popular and well-known cosmetic surgery that focuses on a younger look on the face. In a facelift, a flap of skin on the sides of the face is pulled back. Excess skin is removed, and this process gives the face a fresher look.

Expectations from cosmetic surgery are important. A facelift cosmetic surgical procedure can not do everything. For instance, if you consider a facelift, you should know that it can not correct the damage from sun exposure and fine lines and wrinkles.

In this article, we will mention firstly, the advantages of face lift and the types of face lift techniques. Later we will be talking about how to choose the right surgeon for a facelift and the facelift process. In the final part of the article, you will find out the ways of achieving natural-looking results with a facelift.

Advantages of Face Lift

Facelift is a cosmetic plastic surgery and is not done to reduce or heal a health problem but to make a younger look on the face. Surely this does many good in terms of the psychology of a person who desires to look better in social environments as a human which is a social being.

As we age, our body, and a part of our body, our face gets older too and shows the signs of this natural evolution. However, many of us do not like or accept these changes in our lives. To feel better with a better look on the face is possible. If you consider a facelift for instance, here are some advantages of a facelift:

  • A facelift can correct sagging skin on the face
  • A facelift tightens loose muscles which is result in a younger and fresher look
  • As we mention these changes make you more social and active in older ages

Types of Face Lift Techniques

As it is in any other medical or cosmetic surgical procedure, a facelift can be personalized according to the patient’s needs and expectations. The surgeon works hard to understand these needs and expectations and decides on the right facelift technique to be applied to the patient. Here you can read about the types of facelift techniques that help to reduce facial aging:

  • Mini facelift: The mini facelift is suitable for patients with a mild degree of jowling and sagging skin.
  • Standard facelift: A Standard facelift is good for moderate to advanced aging around the mid-face and neck.
  • Deep plane facelift: The surgeon repositions the deeper tissues and structures of the face and that makes the results longer lasting.

To learn more about facelift procedures that are carried out at our international hospital, please do not hesitate to contact our patient help service.

Choosing The Right Surgeon For Facelift

Your health is important and when you decide to have a medical or cosmetic procedure, of course, you should think twice at least. Speaking about the facelift, it is a quite complex procedure that is carried out on a very delicate part of the body, the face. That’s why it is quite important to choose the right surgeon for your facelift procedure.

When you find to visit a medical center that provides facelift surgery, you meet the surgeon and ask them everything on your mind; your expectation, etc. Do not forget to ask about their experiences with facelifts too. How many facelift surgeries they have done might be one good question. Also gently asked them to show you some before and after photos from previous procedures, it could be very good evidence that they are good at their jobs.

The Face Lift Process

The facelift process is a popular surgery and if it is done by talented hands, it provides people with a natural-looking face as well as a younger look. During facelift surgery, the skin is elevated, and the muscles and tissues are tightened. Fat in the face is removed. Incisions can be done with three different techniques which are:

  • A traditional facelift incision
  • Neck lift incision
  • A limited incision

After the procedure, you may experience some side effects such as mild pain, moderate pain, numbness, bruising, swelling, and drainage from incisions. In case of severe pain, chest pain, and irregular heartbeats, contact your doctor immediately. 

If there are no complications after the surgery, you should still visit your surgeon regularly. The following day, the drainage tube will be removed. Two or three days later, you will be wearing an elasticized facial sling. One week after the surgery, the stitches will be removed.

Achieving Natural-Looking Results with Face Lift

Plastic surgery has been very popular over the years, and as one of the facial rejuvenation procedures, a facelift has been chosen by more people every passing year. If a person considers a facelift cosmetic surgical procedure, he or she most probably also likes to have natural-looking results with their face after having a facelift surgery. This point of view can be easily understood, as they spend their precious time and money on a goal that is important for their look, they want to have natural-looking solutions. 

To achieve natural-looking results with a facelift, you should choose a deep plane facelift. Here are some benefits of a deep plane facelift:

  • Provides a firmer skin
  • Lifts sagging jowls
  • Provides a rejuvenated neck
  • Has a quick recovery period
  • Lasts much longer
  • Restore natural volume
  • Provides a younger and fresher face


Opr. Dr. Cenk Melikoğlu Operating Doctor Cenk Melikoğlu was born in Görele, in 1978. In 2002, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine. Between the years of 2003 and 2010, he did his specialization in İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Clinic. In 2015, he worked as a guest lecturer in the American Hospital of Paris. When abroad, he especially focused on the transfer of free vascular lymph nodes for lymphedema treatment, in the field of microsurgery. He participated in numerous training and meetings in this area. There are more than 30 articles in the literature, which were published in national and international journals. Since 2016, he has been working in İzmir Özel Ekol ENT Hospital in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Cosmology Clinic. He speaks English well. He is married and has one child. His special interests are; Breast Aesthetics & Dual-Plan Method, Aesthetic nose surgery, Lymphedema surgery, Endoscopic facial stretching, Aesthetic body shaping surgery (abdominal stretching, liposuction, aesthetic breast surgery), Hair transplantation with FUE method, Migraine surgery, Gynecomastia correction, Genital aesthetics (especially penis enlargement), Lymphedema Treatment (Laser Assisted, With Microcannula Lymph Protective Method), Penis Enlargement (Length & Thickness Combined Method), Migraine Surgery (Closed Method with Scopy). He was entitled to receive the "Proficiency Certificate" by being successful in the examination, which was held by the Turkish Plastic Surgery Association in 2010. In 2015, he participated in a scientific competition by Gülhane Military Medical Academy with his study 'Saddle-nose deformity repair with micro-plate-adapted costal cartilage.’ He has won the first place in the field of surgical medicine. In 2018, he worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA for three months in April, May and June on advanced techniques on gender reassignment and penis enlargement in men. He is still continuing his academic and scientific studies.
Opr. Dr. Arif Aydın He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine in 2008. He studied at Kaunas Medical Faculty between the years 2007 and 2008. He completed his specialization on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department at Afyon Kocatepe University between the years 2009 and 2014. He has 5 original articles published in national and international scientific journals, and 13 verbal and written academic papers presented in national congresses. He continues the academic studies. He received the competence certificate of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery after his success in the exam in 2016. He did well in European Plastic Surgery Competence Written Exam that took place in Brussels in 2019. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 
Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine in 1995. Between 2001 and 2007, he received his specialty training in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, İnönü University. He has 20 original articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals, and 18 written and oral presentations presented in national and international congresses. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Aegean Region Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Association. Married and father of one child, Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan has a good command of English. Areas of interest: Rhinoplasty Eyelid aesthetic Facial rejuvenation (face-neck lift) prominent ear Breast aesthetics (enlargement, reduction, lift) Correction of gynecomastia Tummy tuck Arm - Thigh stretch genital aesthetics Liposuction (fat removal) Fat injections Body shaping (Hip aesthetic, BBL) Minimal aesthetic applications (filler-rope hanger- neurotoxin) Fractional laser applications Skin Tumors Facial Traumas Penis Enlargement Lengthening and Thickening (Combined Method) Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Frequently Asked Questions

Facelift and neck lift operations require great experience in this field of esthetic surgery. Since the face is the most visible part of the body, the results of the operation should be faultless. Ekol Hospitals’ experienced team of 3 esthetic surgeons perform face & neck lift procedures for many years and are using the most updated methods. You can meet one of our surgeons and talk everything regarding your concerns and the methods they use according to your needs and expectations.
Face and necklift procedures can be performed by many methods. Some of those methods are surgical and some of them are not such as thread lifting, ultherapy, french lift etc… The affect and the results will differ from method to method. Your surgeon should recognise your expectations and should recommend the method that will suit your needs. Sometimes combined with liposuction in the neck, the results are way more than expected. Fat injection to face can also be combined with face lift in order to achieve better results and a more youthful looking.
Don’t forget, everyone has different pain limits. The operation is might be a bit longer than the other esthetis surgeries however thanks to modern medicine, pain management is now very easy and patients are much more comfortable in the post operative period. You might have a compression garment or bandages immediately after the surgery. The discomfort and pain should begin decreasing approximately 48 hours after the surgery. Bruising and swellings are normal.
Most of the Incisions for a facelift usually start above the hairline and extend in a natural line to the front of the ear and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp inside the hairline. These are generally hidden behind the hairline or in a natural crease. Once the scars have softened and matured over a period of several months, they are generally not very noticeable to the untrained eye. You might also have a small incision under your chin if work is being done in the neck area.
Your face will be bruised and swollen right after the surgery. Your features may be distorted from the swelling and your facial movements may be slightly stiff as well. Some of the swelling and bruising may persist for 2-3 weeks. Most patients are back at work 10-14 days after surgery; however, you still may have some residual bruising and swelling that may need to be camouflaged with makeup
Normal activities, including work, can usually be resumed within 2 weeks. Any strenuous exercise will need to be postponed for at least 4-6 weeks, and sun exposure will need to be limited for several months.
A facelift usually last 7 to 10 years. Some patients decide to have the procedure repeated down the road, while others do not feel that they need another procedure.
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