Usually, late in the forties, the face skin starts sagging. Sagging skin starts wrinkling at the same time. With this operation, the excess skin is removed and the face skin is lifted. Face lift surgery has been performed for almost a hundred years, so it is called as "classic" surgery.


Facial anatomy is much more complicated than it looks from outside. This surgery is technically very detailed. However, the basic procedure is to remove the extra skin on the cheek, by incising at the boundary line of the ear with the cheek. This incision continues into the scalp behind the sideburn area and into the scalp behind the ear.

This operation especially removes the sagging under the neck.

In this operation, some scars around here appear, as the incisions will be made in front of and behind the ear. If an incision in the ear is passed through the ear, it will not be visible because a large incision will be left inside.

You can assume that there will be no scar in the incision made in the scalp.

What is Mini facelift? 

If the cuts are made only in front of the ear and stretching is reduced, then this name is given. The advantage here is to minimize the scar and speeding up the healing by performing a minor surgery.


Usually, 45 years and above people benefit from this surgery. However, people who have previously wrinkled and sagging skin may have had this surgery at an earlier age.

If you stretch your cheeks towards your ears at the same time, you may have an idea of the effect of this surgery.

Especially if you complain of sagging around your neck, you may be eligible for this surgery.


After this surgery, you will have some swelling in your face and maybe bruise on your neck. In the first week, most of them heal. Usually, you do not need to hospitalize. However, you will have to come to the hospital again the next day because your drains need to be taken. Generally, you can take a shower on the 3rd day. After a few days you can make up and return to work a week later. The stitches in front of your ear will be taken on the fifth day and the stitches in your scalp and behind your ear at the end of the first week.


After surgery, minor blood accumulations (hematomas) can sometimes cause aesthetic problems. Therefore, after the surgery, it is necessary to put hose which absorbs the liquid accumulations under the skin which is called "drains" at least for one day.

Infection is a rare complication after the surgery. If you smoke loss of skin can be a serious problem. Numbness in the haired skin and hair loss may also rarely occur. But hair and the sense will definitely come back.


Type of the anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia.

Where the surgery should be performed: In a hospital operating room.

Duration of the surgery: 3–6 hours.

Duration of stay in the hospital: It is possible leaving hospital on the same day.

Post-surgical pain and bother: 2-3 days dull ache. Oral simple painkillers are usually sufficient.

Swelling, bruising: Between 3–6 days, moderate.

Medical dressing: 2nd day. The drains are removed on the next day.

Stitches: 5th – 7th day

When you can start to work: 7 days.

Sport: : Hike after 2 weeks, hard sports after 3 weeks. 

Final form: 8-12 months.