By Ece Yalcin • Medical review by Metin Kerem, MD on February 04, 2021

Face Lift
Average Cost $ 1500
Treatment Local sedation or general anesthesia
Recovery Time 10-14 days

What is Face Lift ?

A facelift, which is technically known as Rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic procedure that reduces the effects of aging that makes the skin wrinkle and sag.

During facelift surgery, a surgeon removes the excess facial skin and tightens the skin on each side of the face through the incisions behind the ears. Generally, surgeons perform a facelift and neck lift together, and they may also combine another procedure with a facelift: eyelid surgery. 

How Much Does A Facelift Cost?

A facelift costs around $4000, while the cost changes depending on the technique. There are multiple facelift techniques such as liquid facelift (which uses dermal fillers), HiFu ( high intensity focused ultrasound facelift) facelift, threading facelifts, etc.

How Much Does Facelift Cost In Turkey?

The cost of a facelift varies depending on what type of procedure you choose. Each of the procedures has different prices. For example, Botox facelift and vampire facelift procedures cost less than other surgical facelift procedures. The average cost of a facelift in Turkey is $4000. The title of the surgeon and the location of the clinic or hospital may significantly affect the price. 

Steps Of A Facelift Surgery

All facelift surgeries are done by plastic surgeons only and in a hospital under general anesthesia. The surgeons make an incision, and the size of this incision changes depending on the type of the facelift (mini facelift or traditional facelift). After making the incision, they remove the excess skin, tighten the face by pulling the skin up and close the incisions with sutures or special skin adhesives.

After the surgery, you stay in the hospital for two days. During the recovery period in the hospital, the drainage tube placed in your skin to collect blood and fluids stays with you, and then they remove it before you leave the hospital. They cover your entire head with a bandage after the surgery, and before you go home, they replace it with an elastic one. They recommend you to keep it for a couple of days until your follow-up appointment.  

What Are The Other Facelift Procedures?

Traditional facelift surgery is the most common technique to improve the signs of aging, but sometimes, other procedures can be enough for the patient’s face. There are several facelift procedures, and most of them require local anesthesia. The most common facelift procedures are these:

  • Mini facelift

  • One stitch facelift

  • Liquid facelift

  • Lower facelift

  • Vampire facelift

  • Thread facelift

  • HiFu facelift

  • 8 point facelift

  • Laser facelift

  • Stem cell facelift

  • Sono Bello facelift

  • CACI facelift

  • Natural facelift

  • Madonna facelift

  • Botox facelift

How Visible Will Be The Scars After My Procedure?

The incisions are made behind your ears and stay hidden in the line. Because of that, they are not visible, and good wound care provides little or no visible scars. 

Recovery After Facelift

You will take antibiotics for five days at least. They remove your sutures within ten days, and you need to wear special wound creams suggested by your doctor during this period.  

After facelift surgery, you will most likely experience bruising, swelling, tightness, and numbness. 

Tightness and numbness will disappear within a week, and bruising and swelling may last for a month.

  • Since hair dying is not possible for at least a month, you should dye your hair before the procedure.

  • You should not shave your beard for three months

  • You can take a shower after three days

  • Back to work or social life will be possible after two weeks

  • You should also wait for two weeks to wear make-up

  • Avoid any blow to your face

  • Avoid heavy exercise for two months

  • Protect your face from the sun by wearing sunscreen every day for six months

Who Is A Good Candidate For Facelift Surgery?

Every healthy woman and man older than 50 can have facelift surgery to reduce the signs of aging or sagging because of excessive weight loss.

Who Is Not A Good Candidate For A Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is not suitable for people who

  • Are under 45

  • Have health issues (diabetes, hypertension, etc.)

  • Are smokers

  • Have collagen tissue diseases

Is Facelift Surgery Painful?

When you come out of the anesthesia, you will feel some discomfort, but since you stay in the hospital for two days taking pills, the pain will leave you soon. 

How Do I Find The Right Doctor For Me?

Plastic surgeons perform facelifts. Look for a skilled surgeon who you can trust. The surgeon you choose has to be honest with you about your facelift procedure. 

What Are The Risks Of Facelift Surgery?

The riskiest complication of facelift surgery is facial nerve damage. The chance is low, but if you experience nerve damage, the damage is not permanent. 

The most common complications are hematoma, mild bleeding, and infection.

The Advantages Of Facelift Surgery In Turkey

Turkey is famous for its health tourism. Patients from all over the world prefer Turkey as a medical destination because of its countless advantages. A facelift is one of the most performed surgical procedures in the country. That is one of the reasons why foreign patients visit the country for cosmetic treatments.

Surgeons with in-depth knowledge of the procedures, well-educated staff, good communication skills of the workforce, and the natural and historical beauties of the country make it attractive and desirable for thousands of foreign patients. The most charming part of the country is that you pay less than in any other western country for the best quality service.

Besides, many high-quality clinics offer you accommodation, airport transfers and translator service. Foreign patients who visit Turkey can also have a great vacation enjoying the numerous cultural and natural beauties. 

The Advantages Of Facelift Surgery In İstanbul

People who consider visiting Turkey for medical reasons tend to choose İstanbul to undergo their aesthetic procedures because of its high satisfaction rates and the unique character of the city that offers foreign patients an unforgettable experience with its cultural, historical, and gastronomical diversity.

Facelift surgery is a frequently performed surgical procedure in Turkey and İstanbul. You can find a lot of skilled surgeons with in-depth knowledge of the face tissue while planning your vacation before or after your facelift procedure. 

Written on 01/01/2018


Last Update: 28/07/2022

Face Lift Before & After Photos

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