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Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery in Turkey

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

Face lift procedure also known as “rhytidectomy” is the golden standard for the correction of the anatomical aging signs. It provides a rejuvenated face with long-lasting results.

How does Facelift (Rhyditectomy) Surgery work?

Firstly, the surgeon makes an incision along the lines of the ear going inside the tragus and backwards hugging it behind until the hairline. Then the surgeon reaches to the SMAS layer and attaches to its new position. Similarly, the skin over it is moved upwards. Then, excess skin is removed. This procedure does not correct the aging signs shown around the eyes and lips and other cosmetic procedures are needed to combat the effects of aging in these areas. Face Lift Surgery is often accompanied with Neck Lift surgery. 


Facelift surgery is a misnomer in a sense that the areas addressed are not the whole face but rather midface, lower face and the neck. It does not lift the upper face, such as brows.


Techniques of Face Lift Procedures

Skin Only Face Lift 

SMAS Face Lift

Ponytail Face Lift (Subsmas, Endoscopic)

Deep Plane Face Lift (addresses the Midface)

Skin Only Face-Lift

Skin Only Face-lift is also called “Subcutaneous Face Lift.” It only goes under the skin; it does not affect the SMAS under the skin. As it is not going deep under the skin it does not affect the nerves. However, it has limited benefits and the results are short lived.   This type of Face Lift is an old technique that most of the plastic surgeons are not practicing anymore. Here in our clinic, we don’t use Skin-Only Face Lift Technique.

SMAS Face-Lift

Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is separating the face from the surface level fat tissue (subcutaneous fats) from the muscles and connective tissues that lay on the deeper level of the skin. This technique of face lift gives longer lasting results. You can fold, overlap or cut into the SMAS; these approaches result in different techniques that surgeons can employ to achieve a face-lift. Lateral SMAS doesn’t shift as much as medial SMAS (mid face area). This technique is beneficial as it repositions the tissues and it is safe in regards to nerves. However, one thing to take into account is that with SMAS Face Lift mid-face is often not addressed, the results for nasolabial folds may be limited.

Endoscopic Mid-Face Lift

Endoscopic Mid-Face Lift is designed to endoscopically enter through Sub-Smas area (underneath the SMAS). Main objective is to minimize the incisions. Incisions are generally hidden in the temporal hair or behind the ear.

Deep Plane Face-Lift

Deep Plane Face Lift is done at the Sub-Smas Plane. There are ligaments on our face that connects the bone to the skin. These ligaments need to be released in order to allow the SMAS to shift. Especially the release of the Zygomatic ligament is what allows the Deep Plane Face-Lift.

Who is suitable for a Face Lift Surgery?

Before any surgery, same with Face Lift surgery, patients should refrain from smoking at least a month. The candidates for face lift surgery are individuals who have saggy skin in their jowl and jaw line and neck area. The optimal results are seen in patients with higher skin elasticity. The patients should have realistic expectations before the surgery for the results.

What is a Mini Face Lift?

The main difference with face lift and the mini face lift is the length of the incision. Patients in their 40s, who have mild to moderate sagging may consider mini face lift because they have minimal excess skin to be taken out in the surgery.

Arif Eroğlu

Surgeon Arif Eroğlu was born in 1971 in İzmir. He graduated from Ege University Faculty of Medicine in 1993. In 2001, he qualified as a surgeon of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in0 Ankara Dışkapı Training and Research Hospital. Since 2003, he has developed new techniques in body shaping especially with laser lipolysis and has achieved major success in this field.

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