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

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

What Is A Facelift Surgery?

A facelift, which is technically known as rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic procedure that is carried out to reduce the effects of aging which causes the skin to wrinkle and sagging. During facelift surgery, the excess facial skin is removed and the skin on each side of the face is tightened using incisions behind the ears. Generally, a facelift and neck lift is performed at the same time and if it is necessary, surgeons combine another procedure with a facelift: eyelid surgery. 



The average cost of a facelift is about $1600, while a facelift cost changes depending on the technique. There are several 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 face lift and vampire face lift procedures cost less than other surgical face lift procedures. The average cost of a facelift in Turkey is $1650. Apart from the type of the procedure, the experience level of the surgeon and the location of the clinic or hospital may affect the price significantly. 
All facelift surgeries are done by plastic surgeons only and in a hospital under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision and the size of this incision changes depending on the type of the facelift (mini facelift or traditional facelift). After the incision is made, the excess skin is removed and then the face is tightened by pulling the skin back and the incision is closed by 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 that was placed in your skin to collect blood and fluids is removed. Your entire head is bandaged after the surgery and before you go home, that bandage is replaced with an elastic one and you are suggested 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 which is used to improve the signs of aging but sometimes, other procedures can be enough for the patient’s face. There are several facelift procedures most of which are done under local anesthesia. The most common facelift procedures include these:
  • Mini face lift
  • One stitch face lift
  • Liquid face lift
  • Lower face lift
  • Vampire face lift
  • Thread face lift
  • HiFu face lift
  • 8 point face lift
  • Laser face lift
  • Stem cell face lift
  • Sono bello face lift
  • CACI face lift
  • Natural face lift
  • Madonna facelift
  • Botox face lift
The incisions are made behind the ears and stay hidden in the line. Because of that, they are not visible and good wound care provides little or no visible scar. 
Recovery After Facelift

You will take antibiotics for five days at least. Sutures are removed 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 while bruising and swelling may last for a month.

  • Since hair dying is not possible for at least a month, hair should be dyed before the procedure.
  • Beard shaving is not suggested 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
  • You should avoid any kind of blow to your face
  • You should avoid heavy exercises for two months
  • You should protect your face from sun by wearing sunscreen every day for six months
Every healthy woman and man older than 50 years old 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 recommended for people who
  • Are under 45
  • Have health issues (diabetes, hypertension, etc)
  • Are smokers
  • Have collagen tissue diseases
When you come out of the anesthesia, you will feel some discomfort but since you stay in the hospital for two days taking painkillers, it doesn’t last too much.
Facelifts are performed by plastic surgeons. As it has to be in every other procedure, you should look for a skilled surgeon who you can trust and who is honest about facelift reviews. 
The riskiest complication of facelift surgery is facial nerve damage. While the chance is low, if it happens, the results are generally temporary.

The most common complications are hematoma (if that happens, blood under the skin is removed by a surgical procedure), mild bleeding, and infection (antibiotics generally prevent infection).
Turkey is famous for its health tourism. Patients from all over the world prefer Turkey as a medical destination because of its countless advantages. One of the most performed surgical procedures in the country is the facelift, which is a primary decision factor for patients who consider a facelift in Turkey. 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 any other western country for all the best quality service. Besides, many high-quality clinics offer you full accommodation including airport transfers and translator service. In Turkey, patients can also have a great vacation enjoying the numerous cultural and natural beauties of the country.

People, who consider visiting Turkey for medical reasons, tend to choose İstanbul to undergo their aesthetic procedures not only because of its high satisfaction rates but also because of the unique character of the city that offers foreign patients an extremely unforgettable experience with its cultural, historical, and gastronomical diversity. Facelift surgery is one of the most performed surgical procedures in Turkey and because many of them are carried out in 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 procedure.

Written on 01/01/2018


Last Update: 04/04/2022

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