According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1.27 million liposuction and 3.18 million Botox procedures took place in the UAE in 2011, highlighting the growth of cosmetic surgeries in the UAE. Another surgical procedure fast gaining popularity in the UAE is a face lift, medically known as rhytidectomy. Cosmetic surgeries are growing popularity for one main reason. “It is because of advances made in the field of plastic surgery, procedures are not as dramatic. They are less invasive and many non-surgical procedures have been realized,” said Dr. Rahul Tandon, Consultant – Plastic Surgery at Abu Dhabi’s leading tertiary healthcare provider, Burjeel Hospital.
“Face lifts improve aging signs in the mid to lower face and neck, including sagging in the mid face area, creases below the eyes, laugh lines, jowls, and loose skin and fat below the chin and jaw. For individuals concerned with facial aging, the facelift can restore a dramatically more youthful and rested facial appearance,” he continued.
A facelift is usually done with the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation. During the operation after the incisions are made, the deeper tissues are lifted and repositioned and excess skin is removed. For those opting for less extensive rejuvenation, the procedure can be done through shorter incisions. After the surgery, the incisions will be covered in bandages and sometimes drainage tubes are inserted. While initially patients will experience some discomfort, swelling and bruises, these can be eased with medication. Stitches are removed 7 days later, and work and other non-strenuous activities can be resumed after two weeks.
“Most patients are worried that they will have to walk around with scars on their faces after the surgery. But this is not the case as the facelift incision is well-concealed to allow for minimal visibility and is generally in front of and behind the ears and in the hairline,” assured Dr. Tandon. “Further candidates for facelift surgery should also be in good overall health, should not smoke, and should be realistic in their goals for improvement. A consultation with the plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if a facelift is right for you.”
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