A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure which makes loose facial skin more taut and tight to minimize signs of aging on the face and neck​​. During the procedure, the surgeon may also remove excess skin and fat. The aim of this procedure is to give your face a younger, more refreshed, and less tired appearance and to reduce the signs of facial wrinkles. The best candidates for a facelift are people between the ages of 40 and 70, and occasionally older.  

When considering a facelift, your health should not be compromised, and you should be completely sure that you understand the benefits, possible risks, and have realistic expectations about the final outcome.

It is natural for your skin to become more wrinkled and saggy as you become older. However if you are unhappy with your appearance, and feel like your skin is sagging, loose and wrinkly and therefore makes you look tired, this may be improved with a facelift. 

A facelift may help improve some of the visible indicators of aging. This operation may fix damage to your skin, fat and your muscles, giving your face a more refreshed and more “youthful” look.​​

If you are considering getting a facelift procedure, you should make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon working with the GI and Surgery Service Line​ at The Aga Khan University Hospital in order to receive a primary consultation to find out whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.  At your initial appointment, your consulting doctor may also do a preliminary assessment about the possible outcome of the procedure.  ​​​
Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here​ are some tips to help get you started.​

At your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will be asked to discuss your wants and desires with your face-lift. However, it is important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery, and are properly informed about both the benefits and the risks of the surgery.​​

You surgeon will find out about your general health, and about your medical history, whether or not you are taking any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or supplements. He or she will then physically examine your face, facial skin, bone structure and your neck. 

After taking all this into consideration and after closely observing your face, your surgeon will talk to you about the surgical options. It is possible you may not need a face-lift and that your appearance could be improved with a more minor procedure. On the other hand, your surgeon may suggest additional procedures to complement a face-lift, such as an eyebrow lift, in order to achieve the best overall result. Computer imaging may be utilized in order to show you a visual of  the changes that can be expected after the surgery.​
During a traditional face-lift procedure, your surgeon will access the muscles and the other fatty tissues that lie under your skin to tighten it, and remove the extra skin.This will give your skin a more taut and “youthful” look.  Your doctor may also perform a neck lift, in order to sculpt and redistribute fat from you face, jowls or neck and in order to rearrange the underlying fatty tissue. The entire procedure can last anywhere from about 2 to 6 hours, depending on your particular situation. Following your surgery, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to properly care for you bandages and stiches, and it is crucial that you follow these instructions closely. Other options of the face-lift procedure may go deeper into the tissue, rather than just under the skin and fat. The aim of these procedures is similar to a traditional face-lift. ​
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Please click here​ for some guidelines on “what to do on the day of your surgery”​
Please click here​ for some guidelines on “what to do on after your surgery”​

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.​

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments’ costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.​

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.​

The information provided on our website is for educational purposes and not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional provider.