Our face is the part of our body we are most familiar with and also represents us to society. We see it every time we look in the mirror, and any changes, especially those associated with aging are quickly noticed.

Hollowing under the eyes, flattening of the cheeks, deepening of the nasolabial folds and appearance of jowls highlights our transition from youth to middle age. 

The cosmetics industry has been thriving due to our attempts to address this. In recent years the non-surgical sector has grown as people try to slow down this process in a minimally invasive manner.

However, there comes a point where the changes are too significant, and surgery is necessary. This is where the facelift is the gold standard in facial rejuvenation.

What Is A Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure designed to restore a youthful appearance to the cheek, reduce the appearance of the laughter lines and improve the jawline, by removing the jowls. it is commonly performed in conjunction with a neck lift, fat transfer to the face, and eye rejuvenation.

The procedure involves a general anesthetic, however, in rare cases it can be performed under very deep sedation

The incision is carefully placed inside the ear and behind it, extending into the hairline if the neck needs to be adjusted. It will also trace inside the sideburn. The incision is designed in such a way that it will be barely visible once it is healed, and not affect hair growth

A facelift is not simply a procedure that excises excess skin and pulls it back. This is how facelifts were done in the past and it produced very strange looking result that did not last for any length of time

The contemporary and modern facelift involves addressing a layer deep to the skin called the SMAS. This has to be elevated and fixed into a new position. By doing this, the face retains its normal appearance but achieves the rejuvenation in a very natural fashion. The SMAS allows a facelift to reset you back 10 years

A modern facelift will have close friends guessing whether you have had anything done at all, all the while commenting on how fresh and well you look

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What Is The Recovery Involved In a Facelift?

For the facelift procedure, you will have a compression bandage around your face and a couple of drains.  This is designed to minimize swelling. 

You will also have soft neck support applied, to prevent you from flexing your neck and moving your head from side to side. This is important to increase the pressure in your head and also to reduce the tension on the scars, and improve their appearance. This will need to be worn continuously for 2 weeks, except for bathing

The operation is not painful, so your need for analgesia will be minimal. However, painkillers and antibiotics will be prescribed on discharge

You will stay in the hospital for a couple of days. The drains will be removed before you are discharged. The dressing will also be removed and an early wound check performed. You will be shown how to clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide and a Q-tip. This will need to be done twice daily

The dressing will then be replaced with a much thinner and more practical compression garment. This will have to be worn for 2 weeks continuously and a further 2 weeks at night

During the first week of a facelift, you will be asked to put an ice pack onto the face and neck every hour for 10 minutes- this is to minimize the bruising.

There will be a clinic check at 1 week and 2 weeks

Sutures will be removed in the second week

You are typically ready for dinner engagements by 10 days, and ready to go to work by 2 weeks

Avoid exercise for 6 weeks

It is normal to have numbness of the lower face and neck for many months after the operation. The sensation will slowly return 

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Can Anybody Have a Facelift?

It is important to note that a facelift is a surgical procedure and therefore requires good health and a positive mindset. Patients should have realistic expectations and be in good physical and mental health to undergo the procedure. There is no age restriction on people coming for a facelift. 

Other factors to consider when determining if someone is a good candidate for a facelift include their skin elasticity and bone structure. Patients with good skin elasticity are typically better candidates for the procedure, as their skin will better adapt to the changes made during surgery. Those with the good bone structure, including strong cheekbones and a well-defined jawline, are also more likely to have better results.

It is also important to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr, Faisal to discuss the individual's medical history, expectations, and goals for the procedure. The surgeon will also evaluate the patient's skin quality and overall health to determine if a facelift is appropriate.

In Dr. Faisal's practice, his youngest patients are in their mid-forties.  Dr. Faisal will NOT operate on people actively smoking. You need to have stopped 4 weeks before the procedure.

Patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes have issues with post-operative bleeding and wound healing. Dr. Faisal will not operate on these patients

Dr. Faisal will not operate on patients with a BMI>32

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How Can You Prepare For the Operation?

Stop smoking 4 weeks before the facelift

Stop taking blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin, Warfarin and Plavix 1 week before the operation

You will need to buy a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a box of Q tips and vaseline for wound care. 

Purchase a soft neck brace from the pharmacy

Arrange a close friend or family to stay with you for a few days after the facelift to help with personal care and groceries

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Patient Reviews

Charlotte Wilson
Charlotte Wilson
I had breast augmentation surgery with Dr Faisal and I honestly couldn’t recommend him enough. The whole process from consultation to aftercare appointments was professional, caring and to the highest standard. He listened to what I wanted and the results are incredible. I would have any future treatments done by Dr Faisal and would send anyone I know to him also.
Thejaswini Paripally
Thejaswini Paripally
Been looking for doctors over years now both in Dubai and India. Never felt fully comfortable with anyone to go forward with the procedure, then I came across Dr. Faizal, found him while I was doing research online and read a lot of positive reviews. Went down for a consultation, a really gem of a person. Immediately felt comfortable, he explained me everything in detail, assured me and got exactly what I wanted and the price was reasonable as well. The hospital the surgery was held at had the best services and staff as well. They took care of everything and made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Came back home the same day, I'm at 6 weeks post op now, and the healing is wonderful and now I feel much more confident, all thanks to him. If anyone is looking for a breast augmentation, I would definitely suggest to go for a consultation with him and decide for themselves.
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Vicky Bates
Vicky Bates
Having done a lot of research and looked around Dubai for the best possible option for us, we found Dr Faisal, and I'm so glad we did! The non judgemental and honest advice throughout as well as his pre and post op care is incredible and has been there every step of the way for me. Thank you so much Dr Faisal for everything :).
Ola AlHassan
Ola AlHassan
I came to Dr.Faisal not sure of anything. I wasn’t happy with my body as I had a lot of excess skin due to massive weight loss. I was scared of the idea of a surgery, so came in hoping for an alternative. Here I am months - 3 months post my surgery, wearing a pair of jeans that would have never fit me before. I had a lower body lift surgery done, and I must say my results are amazing. My body has changed so much, and I am very very happy with the way I look now. Dr.Faisal is a great doctor. He will make sure you are aware of everything before and after the procedure and is always there for his patients. My favorite trait about him is that he is always available. Being a patient who has low pain tolerance, and someone who worries a lot, I would always call him. I would have a lot to ask before and after the surgery- and he was always there. It didn’t matter what day or time it was, he made sure to help with every little thing and I am very grateful for him. Thank you doctor, I can now sit without having layers of my stomach falling down, I can now wear my clothes much more confidently and can finally say I love my body.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
I can’t recommend Dr Faisal enough, he gets me the results I want every time. He answers all of my questions in depth and explains how and why he does things and makes me feel comfortable. I wouldn’t go to anyone else!
Kirsten Shaw
Kirsten Shaw
Two words to describe my experience with Dr. Faisal: life changing. I had a breast reduction and it has changed my life! The procedure itself was painful for the first 2 hours and much to my surprise I was ready to go home only 4 hours after waking up and ready to return to work only 3 days later. My back, neck and shoulders feel great, my posture is better and I couldn't be happier! I recommend Dr. Faisal and the surgery 100%, my only regret is not finding him 10 years sooner! Thank you Doc!!
Faith Murray
Faith Murray
Dr Faisal is a skilled surgeon who is extremely meticulous and I would highly recommend him. He has a pleasant and calm demeanor which puts you at ease. He looks at the whole person and what they want to achieve and relays realistically what can be done which helps set the right level of expectation from the outset. He shows compassion throughout the process which makes you feel like you are in good hands. Overall Dr Faisal exceeded my expectations and I am so pleased with my results!
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