During the preparation for the operation, your plastic surgeon will give you a special set of recommendations for avoiding food and beverages, smoking, and certain vitamin preparations and medications. Taking these recommendations into account will positively affect your recovery during and after surgery. If your hair is very short, you may want them to grow out before the operation, so that the surgical scars are hidden with hair while healing.

Whether your forehead lift operation was performed at a plastic surgery center or in a JCI standard hospital, it is recommended that you provide a person who can take you home after the operation and accompany you for a day or two.

1- Anesthesia to be applied during forehead lift surgery…

Most of the forehead lift surgeries can be performed under a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Thanks to this combination, if you are awake but relaxed despite a slight discomfort and feeling of touch, but your forehead area will be completely devoid of pain and soreness.

According to your Turkish Operator Doctor plastic surgeon’s or your own request, your operation can be performed under general anesthesia, which allows you to sleep completely during the procedure.

2- Surgical Procedure…

Your plastic surgeon will help you determine the type of operation that will meet your aesthetic concerns: classic or “open” method or endoscopic forehead lift. Make sure that you understand why the technique recommended by your plastic surgeon is better for you.

Open Forehead Lifting Operation: Before the operation starts, your hair on both sides of the area where the skin incision will be made will be tied with the help of rubber bands. Your hair will not be cut, but the hair that is likely to grow where there is a skin incision can be shaved minimally.

For many patients, a skin incision that can be described as a coronal or “crown” is used. Similar to a headset, it is a skin incision that starts approximately at the ear level and progresses to the back of the forehead and ends on the other ear. Since this skin incision is hidden in the scalp, the scar that will form will not be visible.

If your forehead hairline is high or regressing, the incision can be placed immediately on the hair-skin border to prevent further opening of the forehead. In people who are bald or have lost their hair, an incision that follows the natural skull bone boundaries and is placed in the middle of the scalp may be recommended. When you comb your hair so that it falls out on your forehead, these types of scar scars usually cannot be seen. Male patients whose hairstyles pose problems in hiding surgical scars may need to plan special incisions.

If you are bald or have sparse hair, your plastic surgeon may recommend an incision that corresponds to the natural junction of the two skull bones of the scar that will form, and therefore coincides with the middle of the scalp, which is less obvious.

After the skin incision is made, the forehead skin is carefully removed, so that the underlying tissues can be removed and the forehead muscles can be Novated. At the same time, the eyebrows are raised and the excess skin at the border of the skin incision is removed, resulting in a softer and younger appearance.

The skin incision is closed with the help of surgical sutures or surgical clips at the end of the operation. At the end of the operation, your hair and face will be washed and cleaned, and the rubber bands on your hair will be removed. While most plastic surgeons do not use any dressing, your plastic surgeon can close the incision with a sterile pad and apply a bandage to your head.

Endoscopic forehead lift: As a rule, endoscopic forehead lift also has preparation stages in the classical technique: the hair will be tied and the hair just behind the incision will be shaved a small amount.

Instead of a single and long “crown” incision during the endoscopic forehead lift procedure, your plastic surgeon will make four or five scalp incisions, each of which is less than two centimeters long. The endoscope device, a pen-like camera connected to a television screen, is inserted through the incisions, allowing the plastic surgeon to clearly see the tissues and muscles under the skin. Nov. Thanks to different tools placed through the other incision line, the forehead skin is removed and excess muscle tissue and subcutaneous tissue are removed or shaped to achieve a flatter forehead appearance. Nov. At the same time, the eyebrows can be lifted and fixed under the skin with the help of stitches in a high position, or these stitches can be hung on surgical screws temporarily placed just behind the hairline.

When the forehead lift is completed, the incisions in the scalp are closed with the help of surgical stitches or clips and the area is washed. Depending on the choice of your plastic surgeon, dressing can be performed with elastic head wrap and sterile gas tampons.

3- After the operation…

The period immediately after the operation shows significant differences between patients who have undergone the classical open method and patients who have been operated endoscopically.

Patients who have undergone an Open Forehead Lift operation may experience a slight numbness around the skin incision, usually accompanied by a slight feeling of pain and discomfort, which can be easily controlled with pain-relieving medications. Patients prone to headaches can be treated with long-acting local anesthetics for preventive purposes.

It will be recommended by your plastic surgeon to keep your head high for two or three days after the operation in order for the swelling to go down faster. Although these swellings also affect your eyelids and cheeks, they will disappear within a week.

As the nerve tissues heal, the numbness on the scalp will be replaced by a sweet itching sensation. It may take six months for this sensitivity to completely disappear. If a bandage has been used, it will be removed in one or two days after surgery. All surgical stitches or clips will be removed within two weeks, sometimes in two stages.

The hair just at the edge of the incision line may fall out slightly or thin slightly. Normal hair growth will resume again in a few weeks or months. Permanent hair loss is quite rare.

Patients undergoing endoscopic forehead lift surgery may experience slight discomfort and numbness in the incision lines and again slight swelling. The pain in the incision line is usually minimal and can be easily controlled with painkillers. Patients who undergo endoscopic forehead lift surgery have less itching sensation than those who undergo the classic open method.

Surgical sutures or clips used to close incisions are usually removed within a week, and screws used for temporary detection are removed within two weeks.

4- Return to Normal…

Although you can get up within a day or two after the operation, it is recommended to give yourself a week of time. You can take a shower and wash your hair with shampoo within two days after the operation or as soon as your bandage is removed.

Many patients are able to return to school or work within ten days. Patients who have undergone endoscopic procedures may feel ready for a return to normal life even earlier. It is necessary to avoid intense physical activities that increase blood pressure, such as jogging, bending over, heavy housework and sexual intercourse, for a few weeks. Avoiding excessive heat or sun exposure will be in place for at least a few months.

The externally visible symptoms of the surgical procedure will usually regress within a period of about three weeks. Slight bumps and bruises can be camouflaged thanks to special makjages. Even if you feel a little weakness and indulgence, you will feel your energy increase along with looking better!.

5- Your new look…

Regardless of which surgical method is chosen, most of the people who have undergone this operation are satisfied with the result. Usually, patients do not realize how much a sagging forehead contributes to their old appearance until they watch their younger and rested appearance after the operation.

Turkey Medicals Co-ordinator, “Although forehead stretching does not stop the “clock”, it reduces the visible signs of old age over the years. You should remember that over the years you may want to repeat this process.”



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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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