Every year I examine hundreds of men and women related to cosmetic surgery of the face, most commonly facial rejuvenation surgeries. During our interview, I evaluate my patient’s condition in detail and create a patient-specific treatment plan among the procedures that best meet their needs. During the interview process, my patients express their needs, ask questions that come to their minds, and receive scientific, up-to-date and detailed answers to these questions. While each patient has unique questions and concerns, I frequently encounter some common questions that most patients ask. Here are a few of these questions:

1. Are the results of facelift surgery permanent?

Yes, it is permanent. The results of most facelifts last for a very long time, from seven to 15 years. The duration of the effect may vary depending on the skin structure of the person, the skeletal structure, the technique used, and the surgeon applying the technique. Once a facelift is done, it cannot be reversed, and it is permanent in that its effect is irreversible. However, although the procedure will provide significant improvement in visible signs of aging on your face, nothing can completely stop the aging process and you will continue to age in the years after the surgery. Imagine you have an identical twin with an identical face. The twin with facial rejuvenation surgery will look better than the non-operated twin 3 months, 3 years, and 10 years after the surgery. On the other hand, both twins will continue to age over the years.


2. Will there be scars?

The standard incision for facelift surgery starts from the inside of the hair, follows the natural skin fold just in front of the ear, then turns behind the ear and disappears into the hair. Although the incision will leave a scar, a significant part of the incision will be hidden in your hair, and the part that is not in the hair will be camouflaged in a natural curl. In the first 3-4 weeks of healing, the scars will be red and prominent. In this period, scars can be hidden with make-up and hairstyle. After healing is complete, finding the scar is often quite difficult, even for someone who knows exactly where to look.


3. How about the risks?

The risks from facelift surgery are extremely rare when performed by a well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon. Loss of sensation in certain parts of the face, temporary muscle weakness, prolonged bruises or adverse reactions to the anesthetic used are some of the post-procedure side effects. During the pre-operative interview, you will also be informed about rare and more serious complications.


4. What results should I expect?

You should expect realistic and natural results. As with any plastic surgery, the results of facelift surgery vary from person to person. The best candidates are those whose skin has just started to sag with age but still has good elasticity. Good bone structure also helps to have positive results. After a well-handled facial rejuvenation surgery, you will look naturally refreshed and rested rather than overly “done.” The aim of facelift is not to look like a teenager, but to remove the signs of aging on your face in order to have a more vigorous and energetic appearance.


5. How about the healing process?

Although facelift surgery is a complex and delicate procedure, most patients report only minor discomfort during the recovery period. First of all, facelift surgery is not a painful operation. Although it may take a little longer for some individuals to disappear swelling and bruises, most people can return to work with a concealer make-up in about two weeks. Most facial rejuvenation surgeons advise their patients to avoid strenuous activities for the first two weeks. To minimize the appearance of scars, patients should limit sun exposure during recovery and protect the entire face with sunscreen creams whenever they are outside.

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