Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Facelift Surgery

“Young at heart” is a famous saying that the young soul is not related to the real age. However, the question is, can we have a youthful appearance beside the young soul?
Facelift surgery, technically known as Rhytidectomy, is a procedure for retrieving our youthful look and eliminating the apparent aging signs on the face, such as saggy skin, lines, and deep wrinkles.

Rhytidectomy definition

Rhytidectomy is a surgical process that aims to remove or reduce the excess skin in the area between the lower eyelids and the jaws.

It is performed to make your face look more youthful and increase self-confidence by tightening the loose facial skin and lifting it. The surgery may include other cosmetic treatments such as neck lift surgery or eyelid surgery.

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Types of facelift surgeries 

There are two types of facelift surgeries categorized according to what you want to achieve from this surgery and the degree of skin sagging.

1. Traditional facelift (SMAS) 

The surgeon will choose this type of surgery to treat the moderate sagging statuses to advanced ones. It is usually more complicated than the other type, which takes more time to complete the surgery and recovery.

 2. Mini facelift (MACS)

The surgeon will advise you with this procedure if your skin in the initial stages of sagging. It can help treat aging signs before becoming deeper and conspicuous and delaying the need for the traditional facelift procedure.

Preparing for the surgery

The most important step is to choose an independent clinic or hospital before scheduling the operation because it is a complicated process that needs extensive experience in facial cosmetic surgery.

You will meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss important points such as:

  • The surgeon will check your medical history by asking many questions like your medical problems, previous surgeries, and used medication. Then, they will make a physical examination and may ask for a blood test.
  • The surgeon will take photos of your face from various angles. Then, the surgeon can manipulate these photos to show you what kinds of results are possible.
  • You’ll talk about why you want the surgery and what you hope to accomplish by having it. You must speak honestly to your surgeon about your expectations, so the doctor can take notices and plan for your facelift.
  • You will decide whether they will perform the facelift surgery with local anesthesia or general anesthesia with your surgeon.

After this consultation, it will be clear whether the surgery is likely to work well for you or not. If yes, they will explain all the instructions for you,n which you must follow precisely to avoid any complications.

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How is the procedure done? 

Facelift surgery recovery

The procedure is varies depending on what type of surgery you need.

If you are going to undergo the traditional surgery:

  • Your surgeon will make incisions located on both sides of your face behind the hairline around your ears.
  • Then they will cut under the deeper layer of tissues
  • Afterward, they will Tighten the skin towards your ears and remove any excess skin.
  • In the last step, the surgeon will close the skin with sutures.

However, if you are going to undergo the mini facelift surgery:

The main distinction between this surgery and the traditional one is the surgeon will use smaller incisions in the MACS facelift to tighten the face and remove the loose skin. Still, the result may not last as SMAS results.

In general, The surgery takes approximately 2 to 3 hours or more if the surgery includes other types of cosmetic treatments.

Facelift before and after



You may experience some side effects after the surgery, such as:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia.
  • A puffy and numb face for a few weeks.
  • Scars will be red at first, but they will disappear after two weeks.

If you feel any unfamiliar complications, call your surgeon immediately.

facelift recovery

Facelift surgery results

After the surgery, you will be in the recovery room under observation by the medical crew, avoiding any complications. They will apply cold packs to reduce swelling and relieve the pain.

You might have a bandage around your head, but the surgeon will remove it the day after the surgery to check your status. After that, you will stay at the hospital for one night or per the doctor’s instructions.

It would be best to have someone to be with you, or HayatMed will offer someone to stay with you. Click here to get more information.

It’s normal to experience some swelling after surgery. However, it usually takes two weeks or less to disappear.

The facial skin may also feel anesthetized at first. Don’t worry; it will recuperate quickly.

Recovery tips 

Your surgeon will explain what you will need for self-care after the procedure, such as:

  • Keep your head supported when you’re lying down.
  • Apply pieces of ice to your face wrapped in a towel to your face for days. It helps to reduce swelling. Don’t put ice directly onto your skin.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities.
  • Use sun protection.
  • Avoid pressure on and around the incisions.
  • Avoid wearing makeup.

Furthermore, the surgeon will describe a painkiller to take when it is needed and antibiotic ointment.

Recovery typically takes about two weeks, and you can go back to your routine activities after four weeks.


Rhytidectomy complications usually disappear after about two to three weeks, but rarely it might take longer. Then you will enjoy your new look, which lasts approximately ten years.

In general, full healing may take between six to eight months. Then you can see the final result of your surgery.

Most of the people who had facelift surgery were satisfied with the results.

Facelift surgery costs

Country Price
United Kingdom£10,000
United States$7,700 – $11,780
Turkey$4,000 – $6,000

This procedure is quite expensive compared with some other plastic surgeries.

Like any other cosmetic surgery, the cost of facelift surgery is various. It is based on the geographic office location, the operation’s complexity, and the surgeon’s experience.

A standard facelift might cost about £10,000 in the UK, while mini-facelift costs approximately £2,000 to £5,000. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the average cost of a facelift in the USA is between $7,700 and $11,780.

Although this operation’s cost is high, you can save your money and undergo the process in Turkey, considered one of the top places for plastic surgeries. In Turkey, Rhytidectomy costs between $4,000 to $6,000.

As for the surgery’s accuracy, you must carefully choose your surgeon to ensure the required result. At HayatMed, we guarantee you the best results according to your condition. Click here to get more information about Fat Grafting

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