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I give a unique, customized, natural and beautiful lift with a rapid recovery. I DO NOT believe in or endorse the many named lifts (like weekend lift, 3 day lift, lifestyle lift, liquid lift etc). I believe in a long lasting lift, which not only rejuvenates but beautifies and compliments your face. It takes 1 week for most patients to resume normal activity except for strenuous excercise. The perception and creation of beauty in a face is an artistic innate quality which can be observed by looking at a surgeon's results, unrelated to training or experience. That being said, training and experience provide the tools necessary to achieve that goal, but are insufficient in and of themselves.

About Dr. Rizk


Chief Medical Advisor

Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Facelift

In addition to diverse cultures and customs, people of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean origins, also have great diversity in their appearance. But in general a distinguishing characteristic of people from these regions is skin that tends to be more highly pigmented and thicker. The wonderful advantage here is that thicker skin does not show the signs of age as quickly as Caucasian skin or that of people of Northern European descent. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean skin tends to age more slowly without developing many lines and wrinkles.

Therefore as people of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean descent age, rather than being concerned about lines and wrinkles, they are concerned about sagging – particularly sagging of the jowls, neck and jawline. Our doctor customizes his approach to the specific area of concern with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean patients. He performs many partial facelifts in addition to full facelifts, all determined by the degree and location of aging. For example, if the area of concern is the jawline, which has lost definition due to a sagging jowl and fat accumulation in the neck, Our doctor combines a neck lift with a platysma muscle tuck (the platysma is a muscle located in the neck that can drop with age).

Our doctor performs a variety of different facelifts from which he can customize a treatment plan for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean patients. These options include SMAS facelifts, deep plane facelifts, S-lifts, neck lifts, neck platysmaplasty, mini facelifts and mid facelifts. He does not recommend thread lifts; however, nonsurgical facelifts (primarily fillers and Botox) have a key role in facial rejuvenation of the upper face, but are not used to improve a loose jowl or neck. Often nonsurgical treatments are combined with a surgical facelift.

When performing any type of facelift, Our doctor utilizes his state-of-the-art 3D high definition endoscopic system. This system allows for greater precision in performing the surgery, smaller scars and reduced recovery time.

Our doctor also places scars in Middle Eastern patients seeking facelifts in hidden locations to prevent scar visibility. This is particularly important in non-white pigmented Middle Eastern patients since scars do not pick up skin pigment. In this regard hiding the inside the hair and around the inside of the ear creases hides the facelifts scars well. Using high definition telescopes also decreases the size of the scars for facelifts and therefore expedites recovery, as well.

Lastly, facial proportions differ in the Middle Eastern patients who tend to have a receding chin in addition to neck and jowl laxity. When this is the case, Our doctor may recommend a chin implant as an adjunct procedure with the facelift. Many Middle Eastern patients also tend to have large earlobes which can be reduced from same incision as facelift around ears. he earlobe reduction is a very commonly performed procedure with Middle Eastern patients either as a solo procedure or with the facelift to improve sagging and aging earlobes.

Aging is a natural part of life and changes in the face are inevitable, regardless of ethnicity. If you look in the mirror and are disturbed by sagging of the face, neck or jaw, a facelift and or neck lift may help you regain confidence in your appearance. For the patient of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean descent, facelift surgery can lift lax skin and muscle, eliminate jowls, define the jawline, remove face accumulation in the neck and may be combined with a number of other procedures such as a chin implant, laser skin resurfacing, eyelid surgery or brow surgery