Facelift & Necklift

Facial Aesthetics

Face and Neck Lifting

also called rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery aimed at eliminating the natural signs of aging in the face and neck area. With the help of this operation it is possible to reduce nasolabial folds, smooth out wrinkles on the cheeks and neck, tighten the skin, restore the contour of the face oval, sharpen the jawline, and get rid of “bulldog cheeks”.

Face and Neck Lifting in Istanbul in Turkey

So What Is Facelift (or rhytidectomy)

Facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a plastic surgery aimed at eliminating the natural signs of aging in the face and neck area. With the help of this operation it is possible to reduce nasolabial folds, smooth out wrinkles on the cheeks and neck, tighten the skin, restore the contour of the face oval, sharpen the jawline, and get rid of “bulldog cheeks”. It must be remembered that circular tightening does not affect the natural aging processes of the skin, it only reduces their visible manifestations. The operation is performed on both women and men.

Face and Neck Lifting in Turkey

A face and neck lifting is indicated for patients who are faced with the following problems:

  • Vertical wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows;
  • Overhanging tissues of the eyelids and eyebrows;
  • Nasolabial folds;
  • Wrinkles on the cheekbones, folds and depressions on the cheeks;
  • Sagging skin on the chin;
  • Loss of a clear oval of the face;
  • “Double chin;
  • Wrinkles in the temporal and eyebrow area;
  • Creases and sagging of fabrics on the neck.

Types and Methods

There are following types of Face and Neck Lifting:

  • Circular facelift 
    This technique allows you to correct age-related changes in all areas of the face. A circular facelift is performed through incisions in different parts of the face, which allows for a complete facelift. A facelift using this technique provides a significant correction of wrinkles and folds, tightens the oval of the face, makes its contour clearer.
  • Midface lift
    Midface lift is a fairly popular operation, as it allows you to work with nasolabial folds, sagging tissues on the cheeks, wrinkles in the cheekbones and lips, lowered corners of the eyes, while not injuring other areas.
  • Lower face lift
    Lower face lift provides correction of sagging cheeks, softens nasolabial folds, eliminates defects in the contour of the chin and, if necessary, the neck.
  • SMAS – lifting
    This is a facelift that affects not only skin tissues, but also the musculoaponeurotic system. Lifting the facial muscles allows you to achieve excellent results and provides total rejuvenation. A facelift using this technique eliminates even serious age-related changes, deep wrinkles, pronounced folds, volumetric sagging.
  • Endoscopic forehead lift 
    The main advantage of the technique is based on the use of endoscopic equipment, which reduces the amount of intervention and trauma, as well as eliminates the appearance of noticeable scars. Mini-incisions, sufficient to insert the endoscope into the area of ​​correction, are hidden on the scalp, under the hair. Endoscopic facelift is very popular among patients, as it allows reducing rehabilitation and the volume of interventions, providing a decent result and the absence of visible scars.
  • Neck lift
    The surgeon can supplement the operation with a plastic surgery of the superficial neck muscle (platysmaplasty). An incision is made, excess subcutaneous fat and skin are removed. In some cases, an isolated neck lift may be performed. In this case, incisions are made only in the chin area and around the earlobes.
  • Brow lift
    is an aesthetic operation that corrects the position of the eyebrows and tightens the skin on the forehead in order to give the eyes and face a more youthful appearance. Very often, a browlift is performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery.

Facelift for

  • Those who have excess skin around the mouth, jaw or eye areas.
  • For those who have recently lost a substantial amount of weight.
  • For those in their 40s, 50s, or 60s but a rhytidectomy can also be successful on older patients in their 70s and 80s.

Facelift Duration:

  • A standard Facelift surgery takes 2 – 6 hours.
  • You should plan 10 days for your facelift and neck lift surgery.

Facelift Recovery Timeline:

  • The average recovery time is about 2 weeks.
  • You should rest for at least a week after your facelift surgery, as pain, fatigue, and soreness are likely.
  • Bruising is usually visible for at least 2 weeks and may take up to 9 months to see the final results of the treatment.

Possible Risks for Facelift:

  • Hematoma
  • Asymmetry of features
  • Bleeding
  • Hair loss around areas of scar tissue
Face Lift and Neck Lift in Turkey

Treatment Plan

1. Day

Meet your medical consultant
Detailed examination of the face and neck
Final discussion of the surgical method and the type of correction to be performed.
You should take no food or drinks after midnight if you get general anesthesia.

2. Day

Come to the clinic with empty stomach and do the blood control
Second consultation with your attending doctor after the results of the blood test are available.
Preparation and start of the surgery: The procedure is performed under general, so you will not feel any pain.
A standard Facelift surgery takes 2 – 6 hours.
After the operation, you will be taken to your private room in hospital.
After the general anesthesia, you will spend 1-2 nights in the hospital under medical monitoring. The number of the nights is decided by your doctor.

3. – 4. Day

Consultation with your treating doctor
Postoperative control
Drainage is removed.
Information about what you should pay attention to in the next few days
Afterward you will leave the clinic, go back to your hotel and relax.
To prevent possible pain and reduce swelling in the surgical area, we strongly recommend that you diligently use the medications that your doctor will prescribe.

5. – 6. Day

If you feel good, now you can explore your environment! Go for shopping or visit some architectonic wonders around!

7. Day

Control in Hospital
Consultation with your doctor
Detailed examination of the operated area
Removal of stitches

8. Day

Final consultation with your treating doctor
Detailed examination of the surgical area
Cleaning of the wound and changing of the bandages

Aftercare & Healing Process


Of course, we will also take care of you after your Facelift and Neck lift treatment!
Our medical consultants will take care of you during 1 year after the surgery. If you need any assistance, if you have questions, you can contact our staff 24/7. We will ask you to send pictures to see the progress 2 weeks, 2 months, 6 months and 1 year after the operation.

Healing Process

The Facelift and Neck lift healing process as a whole takes between 6 and 12 months.
On the second day after the operation, the drainage is removed, the first dressing is performed, and a special compression bandage is put on the head. It is necessary to sleep on your back on 2–3 pillows in order to raise your head above the body.
In the first days after the operation, swelling of the face and eyelids is observed, bruising may occur, the temperature may rise to 38 º. These are normal postoperative events. Therefore, especially in the first 4–5 days, it is recommended to observe a gentle regimen, do not turn your head sharply, exclude physical activity, and apply cold compresses to your face and eyelids.
Postoperative pain is usually minimal. Shampooing is possible after 4 – 5 days. The compression bandage can sometimes be removed during the day 10 days after surgery.
Removal of stitches (if the stitches were not absorbable) occurs after 6 – 14 days, depending on the complexity of the operation.
Physical activity is possible one month after the operation. 3 weeks after your surgery, you should do the massages recommended by your doctor.
Make-up can be applied no earlier than 14 days after surgery. Sports can be started 4–5 weeks after the surgery.
The sauna and solarium are prohibited for the first 2–3 months. High sun protection cream and sunglasses should be worn on the seams.
Usually, complete scar stabilization takes place within one year after surgery.

Face and Neck Lifting in Istanbul in Turkey

Top face and neck lifting costs by country

The cost of Face and Neck Lifting depends on the experience of the surgeon, the technique used, the clinic or hospital you choose and your individual health condition.
The costs given below are meant to provide you with an approximate concept and are not a definitive quote. Your MedClincs consultant will be happy to provide you with details.

Türkiye (Turkey)~ 4860€★★★★★
Brazil~ 6250€★★★
Mexico~ 7000€★★★
Germany~ 8100€★★★★

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What is Facelift surgery?

Facelift is a plastic surgery aimed at eliminating the natural signs of aging in the face and neck area. With the help of this operation it is possible to reduce nasolabial folds, smooth out wrinkles on the cheeks and neck, tighten the skin, restore the contour of the face oval, sharpen the jawline, and get rid of.

What is Neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery is a surgical procedure in which all of the neck skin, subcutaneous fat and muscle tissue is stretched and excess tissue removed to correct wrinkles, sagging, and loosening in the neck area. Neck lift surgery can be performed alone or in combination with a facelift, blepharoplasty, facial fat injections, botox and fillers as needed. In this way, you can achieve more successful results. The operation is performed on both women and men.

Why is Facelift cheaper in Turkey?

In Turkey, salary and cost of living are lower than in Europe, in addition, the government supports the health sector. Therefore, a Facelift operation in Turkey can be done without compromising on quality and standard, with lower costs at much cheaper prices.

Is it safe to have Facelift surgery in Turkey?

With over 2 million medical tourists per year, Turkey is one of the three world leaders in health tourism. Experienced doctors, together with a professional team, take care of patients expertly and competently. With approximately 86 million population, Turkey ranks 17th in the world in terms of population. Doctors have a lot of practical experience compared to other countries, which makes them competent professionals. It is safe to have Facelift surgery in Turkey.

What is a circular Facelift?

Circular facelift is a complex plastic surgery that includes rejuvenation of the upper, middle and lower parts of the face. A circular lift is prescribed when age-related changes appear in all zones and deep wrinkles and sagging skin are pronounced. Facelift includes: eyebrows and forehead area, cheeks and midface, the lower third of the face, chin and neck. Facelift allows you to remove obvious signs of aging, rejuvenates, tightens the skin, and makes it smoother and more toned. Thanks to lifting, you can look younger than your age.

What is a mini Facelift?

This is a facelift using minimal incisions, used to correct sagging and deformities caused by aging, mainly in the midface area, chin and neck. The incisions are hidden within the natural folds and hairline so that no visible scars remain. After this facelift surgery performed with sedatives without the need for general anaesthesia, the person will look 10 years younger.

What is Endoscopic Neck Lift?

Endoscopic lifting (lift) is a minimally invasive surgery performed with access from the chin cavity. During the operation, the tissues are gently peeled from the muscles, redistributed and fixed in a new position using self-absorbable sutures.

What is the best age for Facelift?

The maximum effect after surgery can be expected if the Facelift is performed at a certain age. The most common age group is people in their 50s and 60s. Before the operation, the doctor takes into account not only the age, but the structure and elasticity of the patient’s skin. A circular tightening should be performed when the sagging of the skin on the neck and face has already become very noticeable (aptosis). With age, tissue elasticity decreases sharply, therefore, most often a very noticeable sagging of the skin occurs in the lower third of the face, at the level of the lower jaw and in the neck area under the chin. The effect after surgery lasts for 8 to 10 years.

How long does the result from Facelift last?

The effect after surgery lasts for 8 to 15 years depending on method.

Can men also get a Facelift surgery?

The operation is performed on both women and men.


Face and neck lift procedures have a long history, dating back to ancient times.

Early Techniques In ancient civilisations, various methods were used to rejuvenate the face and neck, including herbal remedies, facial exercises and massages. These techniques aimed to improve circulation and restore a youthful appearance.

Surgical Advances: The first documented surgical procedures for face and neck lifting began in the early 20th century. Surgeons experimented with techniques involving skin excision and tightening to remove sagging skin and wrinkles. However, these early methods often resulted in visible scarring and unnatural-looking results.

Subcutaneous Approaches: In the 1970s, subcutaneous techniques were introduced that focused on lifting deeper layers of facial tissues. These methods aimed to provide longer lasting results with minimal scarring and a more natural appearance.

SMAS Technique: The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) technique gained popularity in the 1980s. This approach involved lifting and tightening the underlying muscle and connective tissue in addition to removing excess skin. It aimed to achieve a more comprehensive and longer-lasting rejuvenation.

Minimally Invasive Procedures: In recent years, advances in technology have led to the development of minimally invasive procedures for face and neck lifting. Techniques such as thread lift, injectables and laser treatments offer less invasive options with less downtime and minimal scarring.

The timeline of Face Lift and Neck Lifting:

  • 1906 – The first mention of the surgical correction of age-related changes in the soft tissues of the face was registered.
  • 1926 – A technique for excising excess skin around the eyes and temporal areas is described.
  • 1974 – A facelift technique was described, during which plastic surgery was performed not only on the skin, but also on the muscular-fascial complex.
  • 1976 – The anatomy of the musculoaponeurotic layer is described in detail and the term SMAS (subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system) is introduced.
  • 1979 – A technique for subperiosteal tightening of the skin of the forehead and middle third of the face is described.
  • 1982 – SMAS resection and fixation method developed.

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