Full Face & Neck Lift | Dr. Yavuz Ozsular

Full Face & Neck Lift

Operation Period
3-4 Hours
14 Days
Hospital Stay
2-3 Nights
Dressing Period
10 Days
3-4 Weeks

Full Face & Neck Lift

Let’s first describe what an aged face is. An aged face has

  • Prominent forehead lines
  • Droopy eyebrows
  • Sagging eyelids
  • Loose skin – no more tightness or elasticity
  • Various spots and irregularities on the skin
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Deepened crow’s feet along with mouth and nose lines
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Vanishing jaw lines
  • Flat and large neck
  • Moles everywhere
  • Mat, pale, and veiled skin

Some people experience some or all of the above symptoms in their late 50s and early 60s; for others, the beginning of the 40s.

For women and men alike, challenging time and being complimented on how young one looks is more than just a compliment, it feels great.

Full face-neck lift surgeries handle your entire face (and all of its problems) in one procedure. It removes excess skin along your forehead and temples, reshapes your subcutaneous tissues and fascia (You’ll only have a scar on the inside of your scalp), removes excess skin on your lower and upper eyelids, as well as treats the bags under your eyes. (Upper eyelid scars are hidden on the fold; lower eyelid scars are hidden on lower part of your eye), removes excess skin on your cheeks, temples, and jaw line, moves your fascia and soft tissue back to the position they would’ve been 10 to 15 years ago, and stabilizes them. (Scar is hidden behind your ears)

It removes excess fat and skin on your neck, making it look younger and more beautiful (Scars are hidden under your chin and behind your ear.)

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    This procedure benefits men and women alike, over age 40, and who suffer from a certain degree of sagging. Simpler surgical options may be more appropriate for people who lack a lot of skin deformation.

    As your edema begins to subside, you won’t believe how much you’ve changed. Your entire face will look more striking all at once

    Your fascia and soft subcutaneous tissues will be reshaped and fixed at their positions 10 to 15 years before – thus rejuvenating your features

    Your face will look younger on whole (because it has been dealt with on whole)

    You’ll have smoother, more upward eyebrows, temples, and forehead

    Excess skin along your eyelids and under-eye bags will disappear, bringing your eyes out and making them look younger (this must be supported with stem cells)

    Your cheeks will be repositioned upward and your cheekbones will become more prominent (this, too must be supported with stem cell-rich fat transfer),

    Your jaw line will become clearer. Your lines around your nose and mouth will disappear. Your chin-neck transition will look rejuvenated.

    Your neck will look elegant and younger because it will have been thinned down and rid of excess skin.

    This procedure offers much more permanent results than minor surgical procedures.

    Dr. Ozsular first will examine you and listen to your complaints and expectations. It is important for you to be of appropriate age, suffer from advanced sagging, and want a long-term solution.

    Then, he’ll photograph your face and its facial expressions from different angles. Then he’ll assess your age, gender, overall health, expectation, face structure, level of sagging, and how in harmony your features with one another, and make a detailed plan for you. Then he’ll use those photos and simulation to give you a preview/idea of what your results may look like.

    Before the surgery, if the doctor asks you to have any test done, do so. Also if you’re on any medications, inform him. Likewise, the same goes for anticoagulants – if he tells you stop using them, do so one week before the surgery, as they can increase your bleeding. Try to reduce how much salt you consume as well before the surgery. This will reduce your risk of developing edema.

    Try to either quit or cut back smoking 5 - 6 weeks before the surgery, as it could slow down your wound/tissue healing.

    If you’re going to dye your hair, do so 10 days before the surgery. You won’t be able to do so for 1 month after the surgery.

    This surgery is conducted under general anesthesia. Thus:

    You are allowed to eat as well as drink water until 00:00 (12 AM) the night before your surgery. Since the surgery will be conducted with general anesthesia, you will need to fast for at least six hours prior to the procedure. (If you forget to do so, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.)

    Don’t put on make-up, nail polish or enamel.

    Don’t wear wigs. Don’t wear any jewelry (including piercings) – your body should be free of metal.

    Also, don’t forget to put together an overnight bag – including loose (around the neck), casual clothes (preferably with zippers/buttons) to make it easier for you to get dressed- before you come in for the surgery.

    An hour before the surgery, you will be taken to your room to rest. Your final preparations for the surgery will be conducted. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.

    You’ll be taken to the operating room when it is time for surgery. The doctor will begin working on you as soon as you’re placed under general anesthesia.

    At the end of surgery, he’ll make your dressing and then awake you up.

    You won’t feel any pain (you’ll have been given local anesthesia before you WAKE up). However, you may feel dizzy for the first few hours– due to effects of general anesthesia.

    Dr. Ozsular will visit you afterwards and inform you about how everything went.

    You will develop swelling and edema on your face and around your ear area a few hours after the surgery. You can alleviate this swelling by applying a cold compress as prescribed by the doctor.

    You can begin to eat four hours after the surgery – preferably a warm soup.

    You’ll stay in the hospital overnight. If a mini drain is attached to you, it will be removed 24-48 hours later.

    You will have pain for the first few days after the operation. It will be sufficient to use the analgesics prescribed by your doctor.

    You can return to work and your normal routine 14 days later.

    Your swelling and edema will subside 20 days later.

    Make sure you protect your face from any impact for the first few weeks. Also, don’t rub it heavily.

    Only sleep on your back for the first 2 weeks.

    You won’t require any bed rest until your first control. If you take good care of yourself, you can go for walks, rest, and even travel.

    Avoid hot or pressurized environments such as Turkish baths and saunas.

    You can sunbathe so long as you cover your entire face and wear a hat that won’t squeeze your head.

    Your first control will take place 3 to 5 days after the surgery. Your dressings will be changed then.

    You can begin to do pilates and stretching again 4 weeks later. That said, avoid intensive exercise for 6 weeks.

    Between 4 and 5 hours, on average.

    We don’t recommend it in terms of your age and thus health because the surgery is relatively long. However, we may plan regional liposuction for stem cell transfer. If you want more surgeries, you should do so 3 months after this one.

    By treating and rejuvenating every area of your face with fine details, we can make you look younger on whole. Doing it all at once can be striking.  However we cannot tell you how exactly many years younger it will make you look and we don’t want to make false promises. Some people look 20 years younger. Others look only 5 to 10 years younger.

    One reason behind all these symptoms in aging is that our stem cells beneath our skin begin to die off at a rate of 2% per year after the ages of 25 and 30. So, when you are 40 and never offer a support to your skin inside, you’ll have 20% fewer stem cells than someone who is 30. If you’re a 50-year-old woman, you’ll have 40% fewer cells than your 30-year-old counterpart (your genetics, your quality of life, and how well you take care of your skin are important factors).


    These stem cells are called as fibroblasts. As they die off, your cruciate ligaments will break, your skin will lose its volume, elasticity, and youthful shine and become looser, sag, wrinkle, and become spotted.  

    During the surgery, we’ll remove fat from another part of your body via liposuction, and then filter it through a closed system. Then, we’ll re-inject the stem cell-enrich fat back into your face through nano-fat and micro-fat transfer to give it volume and make it look younger.

    In short, if you want a younger, fresher, and brighter look skin by increasing naturally subcutaneous volume and quality, then there’s nothing better than stem cells!

    The true question is: how fast are you aging?

    Unfortunately, we cannot stop time, the effects of gravity, or stem cell death – i.e. aging. It all depends on your genetics, how well you take care of yourself, and your quality of life. For some people, the results are permanent; for others, merely 15 years.

    We don’t suggest that you have anything done until at least 3 months after the surgery when your new face settles.

    Full facelift surgery is risky in terms of nerve damage. However, that risk will be minimal if an experienced surgeon frequently carries out this procedure.

    Full face and neck lift involves much more intervention than its mini counterpart. It’ll take at least 20 days for your swelling and edema to subside – by then, your new face will begin to emerge. It’ll assume its new, healthier glow 3 to 6 months later (for some people, this takes longer.)

    No, it won’t. If you want that, then you should also have a stem cell-rich fat transfer, laser treatment, mesotherapy, PRP, or  dermapen done.

    Yes, but they’ll be behind your scalp and ears. They won’t even be noticeable in women with long hair. They may be visible in men with thin hair –your doctor will assess this condition and the location of the scars before the surgery.


    Subcutaneous face-lift is done to old patients with large amounts of sagging. Generally, their soft tissues and muscles is thinned and thus no other intervention can be carried out since they are at advanced age. Lots of excess skin gets removed and then evenly re-distributed to lift the face without damaging it.  

    First, we start from the top of the scalp above the ear, continue along the front of the ear, crisp beneath under the ear lobe, and then proceed to the patient’s neck hair (on the back).

    This technique requires that your blood circulation beneath your skin there be good so that the cells can access enough nutrients and oxygen. Thus, it cannot be done on smokers. If you want this surgery done, you’ll need to have quit smoking at least 3 months in advance.

    Scarring – especially in front of your ears – will be kept to minimum and as tiny as possible. Accordingly, how much skin stretching gets done needs to be planned well.  Excessive stretching may cause your sutures in front of your ear to stretch, thus hampering recovery.


    Subcutaneous face-lift and SMAS reposition your soft tissue (aka. SMAS) via special suturing techniques by stretching any excess sagging skin. The soft tissue is fixed with sutures, without being removed as a separate layer. It is an easier method but its effects on soft tissue are not permanent – only 2 to 3 years.


    This procedure lifts your facial skin and soft tissue (aka. SMAS) under the skin as a whole, mobilizes them, and then stabilizes them in their new place. It treats your entire face as a whole and stabilizes your soft tissue in its position when you are young.

    As this technique deals with tissue mass, the blood supply around the area is better and your tissues are in safe. This means good circulation in your tissues and that your cells get nutrients and oxygen via your blood. You also won’t have any external stabilization marks; thus, your skin will look smoother and tighter.

    As the soft tissue is placed in its previous position, a youthful line with a natural expression is provided.

    Deep plane face-lift is the most wide spread form of this surgery. Again this depends on your needs.

    Fifty years ago, face-lift surgery was out of reach to the common person; they were a privilege that only wealthy and famous people could afford. Moreover, since it wasn’t yet common, the techniques used weren’t developed, and the risk of nerve damage was higher. Back then, they only aimed to rid you of excess skin and stretch your face horizontally without reshaping your soft tissue. This thus caused one to end up with artificial tightness, dull facial expressions, excessively open eyes, and an expressionless mouth. Those who had it done regretted it; those who didn’t have it done had doubts!

    Today, facelift procedures, in contrast, arouse the interest of those who haven’t had it done yet. The techniques have come a long way, it is included in every surgeon’s education, and the results are much more successful.

    Make sure that your surgeons are an expert in this procedure and you don’t hesitate them to ask them about their experience. Facelift surgeries require expertise, not to mention manual dexterity on the part of the doctor.

    The most successful surgery is one that achieves the desired goal/results in one go. That said, if things don’t go as planned, some procedures allow for make-up surgery, others don’t. If you have an unsuccessful rhinoplasty done, for instance, you have chance for secondary surgery or you can change your implants via a mammoplasty later on. In contrast, if you suffer nerve damage during the facelift procedure, you can’t go back and have it corrected.

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