Dr Allen Rezai, a leading Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon of Harley Street, London, and leader of Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group in Dubai Healthcare City, believes, not only in educating each one of his patients as to what is available and appropriate, but also in formulating a bespoke treatment plan for each individual. “My Team and I at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, understand that everyone that walks through our doors is unique – with different anatomies, lifestyles, goals and personal circumstances. We also believe that truly successful results are achieved, not only with technical excellence, but with outcomes that best fit your needs and desires. Having treatment with us is a consultative process – we want to understand what it is you want to achieve and guide you towards the best and most effective way of achieving it.”
Your face is your most defining feature. Choosing the right procedure to help you achieve a more balanced and/or youthful look can be a difficult endeavour. Should you Consider a
Non-surgical or a Surgical Procedure? Here is a breakdown of Facial
Cosmetic Procedures to help you make the right choice!
CLICK on the relevant image for DETAILED information about the specific Procedure.
Indication: Sometimes genetics or ageing cause skin and muscle laxity in the forehead and brow areas, resulting in a droopy and heavy looking upper face. In these cases, a non-surgical procedure will not be enough to address the issue and a surgical intervention such as Brow lift is necessary for achieving the desired results.
Types: Traditional and Endoscopic
Technology: Lifts sagging tissue and skin of the forehead, upper eyelids and eyebrows.
Recovery: 7-10 days
Effects: Any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take up to 3 months when final results is expected.
Lasts: Long lasting, however, ageing may alter the results.
Combination: Can be combined with Upper Eyelid Surgery and/or a Facelift.
Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Indication: Droopy, heavy upper eyelids, Eye bags, excessive lose skin around the eyelids, deep wrinkles, creases and folds around the eyelids.
Types: Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery, Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery, Double Eyelid Surgery (Asian Eyelid Surgery)
Technology: Excess skin and fat around the eyes are removed and skin is tightened.
Recovery: 3-7 days.
Effects: Any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take from few weeks to 3 months when final results is expected.
Lasts: Long lasting, however, ageing and unhealthy lifestyle may alter the results.
Combination: Can be combined with Brow lift and/or Facelift.
Indication: Sagging facial skin and muscles, visible jowls, deep nasolabial folds.
Types: Mini-Facelift (Skin only facelift), Traditional (SMAS) Facelift, The Deep Plane facelift, Endoscopic (Scarless) Facelift
Technology: Muscles are lifted (NOT in mini-facelift), fat tissue is repositioned to correct loss of volume, and excess loose skin is removed and tightened.
Recovery: 10-14 days.
Effects: Any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take from few weeks to few months when final results can be expected.
Lasts: Long Lasting (not with mini-facelift). Facelift can turn back the clock, but it will not make time stand still, ageing will still continue and gradually alter the results. There are various non-surgical procedures that can help prolong the results.
Combination: Can be combined with Brow lift, Blepharoplasty, Chin Augmentation, fat transfer (Facial Fat Grafting) and Chin liposuction. PRP therapy is normally applied at the same time to promote faster healing and improve the skin quality.
Indication: Sagging and wrinkling skin around the neck.
Technology: Muscles are repositioned, loose and wrinkling skin around the neck is removed and tightened, and sometimes the fat under chin is also removed to sculpt the neck.
Recovery: 10-14 days.
Effects: Immediate, any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take from weeks to few months when final results can be expected.
Lasts: Long lasting, however natural ageing cannot be stopped and will alter the results. There are various non-surgical procedures that can help prolong the results.
Combination: Normally combined with Chin Liposuction and Facelift
Nose Reshaping / Rhinoplasty
Indication: Very individual, but typically, abnormal nasal length, shape or size, dorsal hump, septal deviation, wide nostrils, drooping nasal tip, enlarged or bulbous nasal tip.
Types: Closed rhinoplasty, Open rhinoplasty, Secondary/Revision rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, Septo-Rhinoplasty, Augmentation Rhinoplasty, Reconstructive Rhinoplasty.
Technology: Reshape various proportional properties of the nose, often using cartilage from the nose, ear and sometimes ribs): either to change its size (making it bigger or smaller); its shape (most commonly the tip or bridge); to reduce the distance between nostrils (alar resection); or to change the angle between the nose and upper lip.
Recovery: 7-12 days depending on type of rhinoplasty.
Effects: Any bruising will gradually subside. Swelling will last longer, healing process may take from 9-18 months to complete and for final results to be seen, especially in the tip area.
Lasts: Forever, however ageing and excessive weight gain may alter the shape of the nose.
Combination: Can be combined with Chin Augmentation.
Ear Correction / Ear Pinning / Otoplasty
Indication: Protruding Ears
Technology: Excess cartilage is removed from the back of the ear and ear is pinned back.
Recovery: 5-7 days.
Effects: Healing process may take 3-4 weeks and 2 months for final results.
Chin Augmentation / Chin Implant Surgery
Indication: Small, weak or recessed chin, Jowls and undefined neck (“Pouty” expression), pointed or squared chin, prominent nose.
Technology: A chin implant is used to add definition to the jaw and balance other facial features.
Recovery: 5-7 days.
Effects: Immediate, any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take up to 6-8 weeks when final results can be expected.
Lasts: Very Long Lasting. However natural ageing cannot be stopped and may alter the results.
Combination: Can be combined with Rhinoplasty, Chin Liposuction, Facelift / Neck lift.
Double Chin Correction (Surgical Option)
Indication: Double chins are the result of either excess fat, saggy loose skin, or a combination of both.
Technology: Liposuction of excess fat under the chin and tighten the loose skin if necessary.
Recovery: 7-14 days.
Effects: Any swelling or bruising will gradually subside, healing process may take from weeks to few months when final results can be expected.
Lasts: Long lasting, however natural ageing or unhealthy lifestyle alter the results. There are various non-surgical procedures that can help prolong the results.
Combination: Can be combined with Chin Implant Surgery, Neck lift or a Facelift.
Botox / Dysport - Line & Wrinkle Smoothing with Muscle Relaxing Injections
Technology: A purified protein injectable treatment that temporarily relaxes the muscles and smooth out lines and wrinkles
Applications: Forehead lines (worry lines), Glabellar lines (frown lines), Droopy eyebrows, Crow’s feet
Effects: 4-14 days to reach optimum results.
Lasts: 3-6 months, Should only be repeated when muscle regains full function.
Dermal Filler injections - Restore facial volume, enhance the lips and plump up wrinkles and lines
Technology: Injectable Hyaluronic acid fillers to plump up wrinkle, depression or fold.
Applications: Tear troughs, Cheek structure, Nasolabial folds/laugh lines, Smokers lines/lipstick lines, Lips including cupid’s bow and vermilion border, Marionette lines/mouth frowns, Chin, Pre jowl area and jawline.
Effects: Immediate but will improve over 2-4 weeks
Lasts: Up to 3-18 months
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy – Repair, Restore & Rejuvenate
Indications: Ageing skin, Sun-damage, Acne scars, Rosacea, Dark circles and Hyperpigmentation, Dull skin, Poor skin tone and texture, Enlarged pores, Fine lines and wrinkles, Hair loss
Technology: Natural injectable treatment promoting collagen production, Skin repair, Renewal & Rejuvenation.
Applications: Face, Neck, Décolletage, Scalp for hair restoration.
Effects: Gradual over 3-4 months, an initial course of treatment is recommended.
Lasts: After desired result is achieved, maintenance sessions are recommended once every 6 to 12 months.
Technology: Collagen production, Skin repair, Renewal & Rejuvenation through application of PRP & controlled superficial microinjections.
Applications: Face, Neck, Around eyes, Décolletage, Scalp for hair restoration. Other areas of the body to treat various skin conditions.
Effects: 1-2 weeks but gradually improves over 3-4 months, a bespoke initial course of treatment is recommended.
Lasts: After desired result is achieved, maintenance sessions are recommended as and when needed.
Facial Skin Peels or Chemical Peels
Technology: Removes the outer layer of skin allowing new healthy skin cells to grow back creating smoother looking skin which is free from the condition to which the former skin layer was subject to.
Applications: Skin around the eyes and mouth and on the face, neck, hands, forearms, chest and knees.
Effects: Immediate but improves over 3-10 days, depending on the type and depth of peel. Multiple sessions may be recommended depending on the skin condition treated.
Lasts: 4 weeks to a year depending on depth of peel and skin care. Maintenance sessions are recommended as and when needed.
Radio Frequency (RF) & Ultrasound - Facial Sculpting and Rejuvenation
Technology: Melts fat and stimulates collagen remodeling. It is an ideal treatment for fine lines & wrinkles, tightening & toning the skin, lifting & sculpting the cheeks and jawline, removing isolated areas of fat from face and under the chin (Double Chin).
Applications: Face, Neck, Around eyes. Can also be used for skin tightening &contouring of the body.
Effects: 2-3 weeks but will improve over 3-4 months as the collagen remodeling occurs. A course of 3-6 treatments with 1-2 weeks interval is recommended depending on the area being treated.
Lasts: After desired result is achieved, maintenance sessions are recommended as and when needed.
Laser Skin Tightening / Laser Photo Rejuvenation / Non-ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing
Technology: Works by bypassing the surface of the skin and treating the deeper layers of the skin. This allows the skin to regenerate, responding as if it was repairing a wound. Improves mild to moderate skin laxity, fine lines &wrinkles, acne scars, sun damages, some birthmarks, enlarged pores, liver spots, freckles, skin tone and texture, skin lesions caused by rosacea, pigmentation caused by sun-damage, vascular lesions and more.
Applications: Face, Neck, Around eyes.
Effects: 2-3 weeks but will improve over 3-4 months. A course of 4-6 treatments with 4 weeks interval is recommended depending on the area treated.
Lasts: After desired result is achieved, maintenance session is recommended once every year or as and when needed.
We hope you found the above information useful. Please remember that a through Consultation with a Qualified Practitioner, is necessary to determines your suitability for ANY Cosmetic Procedures, whether it being Surgical or Non-Surgical.
To conclude, we asked Dr Allen Rezai to provide a list of what he believes to be the most important considerations to be taken into account when contemplating Cosmetic Surgery and choosing a surgeon. The following was his reply in the form of a simple but comprehensive check-list:
Think about the change you want to see, then research and find out as much information as possible about the treatment, being precise about what you want and, above all, be open to all your wishes not being achievable
Find a qualified plastic surgeon experienced in the desired procedure, making sure that he or she is board certified. Also look for “genuine” reviews and feedback from previous patients.
Have consultations with at least 2 or 3 qualified and experienced plastic surgeons, just to have something to compare and cross-check.
Be honest about your medical history and discuss all aspects of the surgery with the plastic surgeon. Do not be afraid to ask questions, since it is important to know the risks involved and feel comfortable with the person who will be carrying out the surgery.
The plastic surgeon should be able to explain why they recommend a certain type of treatment option or technique, as with all cosmetic surgery, the type of technique used depends on many factors involving the patient’s indication for treatment, anatomy and lifestyle, and a treatment plan should be tailored to suit the specific needs of the patient.
Find out what type of care is offered Before, During, and especially After the surgery as after-care can be just as important as the surgery itself. So make sure you know who to contact and how you will be looked after, especially if there are any complications or problems following your surgery.
Find out where the surgery will be performed, as this can have major implications on safety during the operation and the occurrence of possible risks and complications.
Last but not least, “COOL OFF” before you Commit. Cosmetic Surgery should not be taken lightly, as it is after all surgery. Take your time and reflect on all aspects of the procedure, and make sure you understand all the implications involved before you make an informed decision to proceed.
At Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, they are guided by an artistic vision that emphasises the natural and is repelled by the artificial.
“Our goal is to enhance or restore the intrinsic beauty, which is present in each individual, rather than create a result that appears “surgical”, concludes Dr Allen Rezai
For more information about various Facial Procedures offered at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group
or to book a Consultation with Dr Allen Rezai
please visit Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group’s website
or call +971 4 431 2396.