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Facelift

The ageing process can have a huge effect on your face. As we get older, our faces are more prone to wrinkles and sagging due to decreased levels of collagen, reduced elasticity and lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and sun exposure.

Facelifts, also known as a rhytidectomy, are one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgery procedures. Various techniques can be used to lift up and pull back the facial skin, and a facelift can completely transform your face, leaving it looking younger and refreshed.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Patients who have excess skin around the mouth, jaw or eye areas.
  • Patients who want to look more youthful
  • Patients who have recently lost a substantial amount of weight, as this often causes the skin to sag
  • Patients who have low self-esteem due to the ageing of their face
  • The best candidates are usually in their 40s, 50s or 60s but facelifts have also been successful on older patients in their 70s and 80s
RECOVERY TIME
  • Average recovery time of about 2 weeks, but can vary from patient to patient
  • Bruising and swelling on your face and neck should subside fairly quickly
  • Rest for at least 1 week after surgery since pain, fatigue and soreness are likely
  • Bruising will be visible for 2 weeks at minimum, and it may take up to 9 months to see the final effect
TREATMENT DURATION
  • 2 to 4 hours
SUCCESS
  • Facelifts are generally very successful procedures, with more than 95% of patients reporting an improvement in their facial appearance after undergoing surgery.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Haematoma (collection of blood underneath the skin)
  • Nerve damage or loss of movement in the face
  • Asymmetry of features
  • Obvious scarring
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Hair loss or reduction around the scar tissue areas
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
Costs
  • Hungary

    € 1,980
  • Czech Republic

    € 2,160
  • Egypt

    € 2,800
HOW DOES IT WORK?

We are a culture that celebrates youth, and facelifts are becoming increasingly popular year after year. Whether you feel as though your face doesn't match the rest of your body or you just want to look younger, a facelift will make your face feel smoother and tighter. The facelift uses techniques to reduce or remove any sagging skin which is usually most noticeable around the eyes, the mouth and the jawline. It will smooth lines and wrinkles and give you a more awake and youthful appearance.

How does the facelift work?

Facelifts are usually carried out using a general anaesthetic although some mini facelifts are performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. The procedure can take from two to four hours and will usually require an overnight stay at your medical centre. When you wake up, you can expect to have dressings on your face and drainage tubes attached. You may experience some pain and tightness, but painkillers will be provided.

There are a lot of different types of facelifts, but here is a general step by step guide of what will happen during a typical facelift surgery:

1. Your surgeon will make incisions above the hairline on either side of your head. The cuts will extend past the front of your ear, underneath the earlobe and to behind the ear.
2. Cuts will also be made underneath the chin if the jawline is being lifted too.
3. The skin will be pulled upwards and backwards, with any surplus skin removed.
4. The skin will be stitched into its new position.
5. Bandages are applied to the face in order to reduce swelling and minimise bruising.

Are there different types of facelift?

This procedure describes the traditional facelift. Keyhole surgery is sometimes used in order to tighten muscles and remove excess fat, and this is usually more suited to brow lifts and upper facelifts. The recovery time and scarring is better in this case, but your surgeon will be able to best advise which method is right for you. Other variations of the traditional facelift include:

  • Deep plane: Involves deeper incisions and cuts, and is recommended for severe sagging and wrinkles. The most popular form of facelift available.
  • Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) Lift: Involving only the SMAS tissue layer that runs between the forehead and the collarbone. No deep cuts are made, and only the SMAS tissue is tightened. Recommended for individuals with mild facial sagging.
  • Short scar lift: Generally similar to the SMAS lift, but with smaller incisions. Ideally recommended for younger candidates between the ages of 40-50.

What should I expect from a facelift?

Many patients opt for facelifts because they are deeply unhappy with their appearance. You might lack self-confidence because you feel you look older than you should, or you might just want to reverse the clock and bring a more youthful and refreshed look to your face. During consultation with a facelift surgeon, you will ascertain where your problem areas are and how best the doctor should perform the surgery in order to achieve optimum results. Some patients opt to combine their facelift with neck lift surgery, but you will be able to discuss the desired result with your doctor during your consultation.

Facelifts are a popular procedure, but you should ensure you are fully aware of the risks and potential side effects and discuss your expectations fully with your surgeon before you decide to undergo the treatment. You will be given a general anaesthetic for your facelift surgery. This might make you feel drowsy and disoriented when you wake up. You will also wake up with bandages on your face which can be unnerving, but this is perfectly normal. Discomfort after surgery is usually relatively mild and will be controlled using pain medication, if necessary.

You may experience some numbness of the skin after surgery, and this will likely subside after a few weeks to months. Bruising will likely be visible for two weeks, and it might take up to six to nine months to see the full effects of the facelift.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
Qunomedical Health Managers have an all-round knowledge to find the right specialist for you. Learn more about Qunomedical.

The cost of a facelift procedure vary depending on the country of choice, the exchange rate and the experience of your surgeon. Prices will increase if you undergo other procedures along with a facelift.

COMPARISON COUNTRIES
Top destinations
  • Hungary

    € 1,980
  • Czech Republic

    € 2,160
  • Egypt

    € 2,800
  • Croatia

    € 2,860
  • Mexico

    € 3,410
  • Turkey

    € 3,810
  • Costa Rica

    € 4,470
  • Thailand

    € 4,860
  • Lithuania

    € 5,050
  • Spain

    € 5,500
  • Austria

    € 6,900
  • Germany

    € 10,000
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Suzane,

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He is not only a great surgeon, but also a wonderful person

My name is Suzane, I’m 52 year old business owner from Texas, but thanks to Dr. Ceballos I can honestly say I look 40! He is not only a great surgeon, but also a wonderful person. I am more than happy to have choose him, the trip to Mexico is totally worth it.

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Anonymous,

United Kingdom

December 2018

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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I am over the moon with everything Marta did for me. She has a real understanding of her patients and is very honest with what can and can not be achieved.

I have been to Marta twice now, first surgery was for a breast lift and then went back for lower face and neck lift, eye lid correction and eye brow lift. I am over the moon with everything Marta did for me. She has a real understanding of her patients and is very honest with what can and can not be achieved. I can highly recommend her work and the KCM clinic she is head of Plastic Surgery at KCM Clinic

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Lynda Pitsakis,

United Kingdom

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A holiday to remember! My treatment within the Acibadem Hospital Group was fantastic

Move over Madonna! Having read about the “Madonna” face lift that was apparently “only available in the States” (sic Grazia magazine March 9th 2009) and after extensive research I have had the treatment in Istanbul, Turkey for a fraction of the UK or USA costs. My treatment within the Acibadem Hospital Group was fantastic; a personal interpreter is allocated on arrival, everyone was so kind, polite and helpful. The hospitals were amazing, clean, comfortable, modern, providing all the latest technology, plus friendly staff and good food. I was discharged 2 days after the cosmetic surgery with miniscule bruising on my neck and none whatsoever on my eyelids! The overall costs were less than the £4,000 quoted in the UK for eye laser treatment alone but included a great deal more in Turkey – all of my surgery, 3 nights in hospital, transfers, flights, hotels, eating out, and so on for 16 days in total. Now that’s what I call a holiday to remember!

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Sue,

Poland

October 2016

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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It look very professional and the cost was very reasonable. So glad I did, everyone was very helpful and the clinic was immaculate

I had face and neck lifting . Upper and Lower blepharoplasty . Nutational infrasonic liposculpture . Had been thinking about having the treatment for a while but wasn't sure on which clinic to go too . Then by accident came across KCM on the website . It look very professional and the cost was very reasonable. So glad I did , everyone was very helpful and the clinic was immaculate . My friends were so impressed they are looking at going to KCM next year for treatment . My 1st impressions was what a lovely clean clinic . Staff where very nice especially Mary who spoke very good English and she stayed with me til I went to surgery . Got picked up at the airport and taken straight to the clinic by Martin the driver , who was very nice . Overall fantastic !! They really do look after you . I'm going back in December for my teeth doing .

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G.W.,

Australia

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The atmosphere and professionalism was impressive.

From first email contact with Yanhee International Hospital the communications and information was very friendly and professional including recommendations and costs. From arrival at Yanhee Hospital the atmosphere and professionalism was impressive. Dr. Pitch's experience of 5 years on general surgery followed by a further 16 years in plastic surgery is very apparent in the sure, swift assessment and highly gifted and skilled surgery. Dr. Pitch is a friendly, caring plastic surgeon who carefully advises regarding all aspects prior to the surgery, executes precise surgery and follows through with daily personal post-operation visits. The entire team at Yanhee International Hospital work in a highly-organized, friendly and efficient manner, maintaining excellent service and pristine conditions. I highly recommend Dr. Pitch as in my opinion, a world leading plastic surgeon.

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D.C.,

Australia

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I can't thank enough.

My experience at Yanhee Hospital was very satisfactory. The international coordinators, Villyn, Joann, and Xamantha, were there for me for the 5 days I was in hospital. The nursing staff, I can't thank enough. Dr. Greechart did a magnificent job. For a lone traveler as myself, know that you are never on your own at Yanhee Hospital. They gave me the comfort and reassurance that I needed. From the moment I arrived, my international coordinator, Ms. Kul, was very informative and was with me up to the minute I left for surgery.

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M.C.,

Australia

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The stay was good.

I chose Dr. Sanit because of his experience and qualifications on the Board of Plastic Surgeons and his expertise in reconstructive surgery. I felt this gave him more experience in dealing with muscle and nerves. I felt less likely that any rare but occasional complications with this background. Dr. Sanit was professional and great personality and good surgeon. Aura, the international coordinator, was excellent as well as the 2 Filipino ward nurses, Jean and Dana. The stay was good. I had a slight problem with post-anesthesia nausea and they took care of it immediately. If I need other procedures would not hesitate to come back.

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S.M.,

Australia

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The doctors were very sensitive.

I am very delighted with the results of my procedures. The doctors were very sensitive to my needs. Doctor Krairit's work was very fine and delicate, with the stitching very neat. The nursing staff looked after me very well. I didn't hardly have any pain at all.

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L.L.,

Australia

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Better than Australian hospitals

The hospital and staff are amazing. Treatment and aftercare are better than Australian hospitals, and the nursing staff are amazing. I will definitely recommend the Yanhee Hospital to all friends and clients back home.