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 the 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, and 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 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 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?

There is no age restriction on people coming for a facelift

In Dr. Faisal practice his youngest patients are in their mid-forties

If you are in good medical health then there is no upper age limit

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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Over 2000 satisfied patients

I had surgery in February with Doctor Faisal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I went from 64kg to 95kg with gestational diabetes during two back to back pregnancies at age 40, and ended up with massive abdominal separation. Doctor Faisal was able to perform an extremely extensive abdominal muscle and hernia repair, combined with lipo and a cosmetic tummy tuck that has completely transformed not only my appearance but my confidence and physical strength also. My body now looks better than it did before I had children. I conducted extensive research for over 3 years on best plastic surgeon Dubai before I chose Doctor Faisal based on his qualification, experience, confidence in his ability to perform this surgery without the use of a mesh as well as his extremely reassuring manner. The recovery went smoothly and my scar is healing beautifully. Its low, neat, and I didn't experience any healing complications. To anyone that is on the fence, or hesitating about moving forwards with such a procedure, I definitely say- go for it! I wish I'd done it 3 years ago and gotten back into a bikini sooner. Thanks Doctor Faisal, I will miss you!

Andi Quinn

Mother and wife

- I had my surgery just over a year ago, and I can honestly say that I would not have gone ahead with such a life-changing surgery if it wasn't for Dr Faisal and his amazing team. From my very first visit, I knew that if I did go ahead with the surgery it would be with him. Instantly he made me feel at ease and knew that he would take care of me through the entire process. The numerous visits, messages, emails and phone calls were all answered without hesitation and the entire team provided a fully comprehensive service. Dr Faisal, I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for helping me make this monumental decision and making my life better for it, I wouldn't have been able to feel the way I do about myself right now without you! I'm trying my best to not write an essay here, but I know these mere words do not do justice fr all that you and your team have done for me! Hopefully I will come by for a visit the next time I'm in Dubai! Sakira... Fellow LFC Supporter!

Sakira Begum


After extensive research and consultations for Plastic surgeons in Dubai, and a failed attempt a couple of years back, I finally encountered the amazing Dr.Faisal Salim, and I couldn’t be happier of my choice. It was a tough decision, to whom I would entrust this very important event in my life. Most of the information provided by the plastic surgeons I’ve met in Dubai, is more or less the same, but Dr.Faisal stood out from everyone else right away from my first consultation. He is extremely caring, empathic and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He was ready to answer all my questions, some of them even before I asked! He reassured me and made me feel at ease. I knew right away after my first consultation that he was the one. We met several times after that, to discuss in further details my decision to go ahead with the surgery, and he was always outstanding, as the first time we met. He asked what were my expectations and what I wanted the outcome to be, my worries and fears, and then he explained what was realistically possible and what could be achieved. his expertise is just outstanding. Any doubt I had thought the entire process, he was always there, even when abroad. This means the world to someone who’s worried, scared or just stressed out. He was always very honest, approachable and caring. The aftercare was as outstanding as the pre operative care, and the results? I can’t be happier then I am now :) A shout out to his entire team at euromed clinic as well, the nurses and especially his co-ordinator Yasmina, she is just outstanding! a level of care and professionalism that one doesn’t encounter very often, till the late hours on the night before my surgery, she was sending messages, reassuring me was always available throughout the entire process. If you’re in that phase, were you still are not sure who to entrust your surgery too, After you meet with Dr.Faisal Salim, you should look nor worry anymore, he is the one. I can’t recommend him enough after what he’s done for me. Thank you Dr.Faisal!

Jordan Cran

Cabin Crew

My whole experience with Dr. Faisal and his team was outstanding. I had several consultations with different doctors before finally meeting Dr. Faisal. His personality and expertise totally convinced me to go ahead with my operation without any doubts. He took extensive time during the several consultations, where we discussed the reasonable expectations. Dr. Faisal managed to create the exact result I have wished for where other doctors told me differently and I couldn’t be happier. He has definitely exceeded my expectations. My healing process was extremely smooth without any complications and pain. Dr. Faisal is very compassionate, emphatic and caring. He takes a lot of time for each appointment and the aftercare was superb. I could not recommend him enough. The whole team at Euromed is extremely friendly. Yasmina has been an amazing patient coordinator and I thank her for her kindness and flexibility.

Beate Sweis


My whole experience with Dr. Faisal was more than outstanding! It took me a while to decide on a specific surgeon, and I had already seen many before I decided to proceed with Dr. Faisal. From the first appointment, his honesty, care and straightforwardness immediately put me at ease. I had felt I will be in good hands, and that was a prerequisite for me to go for it. We had several appointments before the surgery, and he explained everything so clearly with realistic expectations. On the day of the surgery, he was quite caring, calm and compassionate. Post the surgery, took all the time to look after me, and answer all my questions. He patiently endured my fussiness, impatience and always assured me. I was quite happy with the results, and his availability for the post-surgery follow-ups. I had a big surgery, which Dr. Faisal handles perfectly so I can’t recommend him enough. To add, Dr. Faisal has the most amazing coordinator (Yasmine), always been there, answered all my questions with care and support

Mira Ahmed

Human Resources

I met Dr Faisal last year whilst on a quest to find a surgeon to complete a full tummy tuck, gynecomastia and lypo. I instantly felt at ease when meeting Dr Faisal and after a discussion he pointed out what was and wasn’t needed, he suggested a plan and showed me what I could expect by his previous surgeries. I had made my mind up and decided to choose him to move forward with. We met a few more times and he was very clear what I should do prior to surgery and made himself available with his mobile number for any further questions I might have. the morning of the surgery he seemed very focused and tried to help me relax and put me at ease, I felt good and trusted him fully. i was happy with the after care and was surprised with the speed of the healing process, he was regularly checking in and told me how it all went, over the next few weeks we met for appointments and dressing changes. It’s been 5 months now and I’m so happy with the results, I feel way more confident and I feel the results are even better than I expected. Great surgeon, would definitely recommend him!

Toni Jardella


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