The Facelift has long been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. and beyond. Because the physical signs of aging are often first apparent, and most obvious, on our faces, facelift surgery has become a go-to solution for reversing facial aging symptoms in their tracks.
Several variations of the facelift exist for patients, depending on the extent of their facial aging and their desired level of enhancement results. While the most common facelift options include the full, mid and mini facelift, newer, specialized interpretations of the facelift continue to be introduced. One of the latest is Quicklift™ surgery!
According to the official Quicklift website, this modified version of the short-scar (S-Lift) or mid facelift was pioneered and trademarked by Dr. Dominic Brandy, a board-certified practitioner and cosmetic surgeon in Pennsylvania.
A minimally invasive, outpatient plastic surgery procedure, the quicklift is ideal for patients in their 40s through 60s, and is mainly designed to treat loose and/or wrinkled skin around the cheeks, jowls and jawline. Exaggerated nasolabial folds and excess facial skin should be eliminated or drastically minimized with quicklift surgery.
Quicklift surgery treats the same aging facial areas that other facelift procedures do. However, the quicklift sets itself apart by tightening the underlying connective tissue layer, as well as the outer layer of facial skin.
Oftentimes, the source of facial aging and facial wrinkles lies deeper than the epidermis. It's true that our surface skin can become deprived of collagen and resiliency as we age, thus promoting wrinkles, creases and imperfections. However, our facial musculature and connective tissue layers are also subject to change and degradation over time, meaning that all of these facial components should be treated to achieve the best anti-aging results.
Prior to surgery, quicklift patients will be given an oral anesthetic to help make the procedure process more comfortable. A local anesthetic is also typically injected into treated areas beforehand to numb the facial skin for surgery. Next, the plastic surgeon will make two thin "S" incisions that start at the sideburn area, move around the earlobe, and end near the nape of the neck. Experienced facelift surgeons should be able to place and style the incision so that quicklift scars will be as minute as possible.
To tighten the underlying connective tissue layer, or superficial musculoaponeutonic system (SMAS), the surgeon usually uses "double purse-string" sutures. Double purse-string sutures are sometimes described as continuous circling sutures, and are said to provide better soft tissue support post quicklift surgery. Lastly, the excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed up.
Quicklifts may be performed in conjunction with other "lifting" procedures to maximize overall anti-aging effects, unless advised against by the plastic surgeon.
Reportedly, the quicklift can be performed in about 1-2 hours, occasionally earning itself the title of the "weekend facelift". Since the quicklift is an outpatient procedure, patients can immediately return home following surgery to begin recovering.
Since the quicklift is less invasive than a full facelift, recovery periods should be shorter. Most patients should expect to spend a minimum of 2 weeks recuperating from this surgery before the incisions are completely healed, and before patients can fully resume their normal routine. For some patients, more time may be necessary.
During quicklift recovery, OTC pain relievers can be taken to ease the patient's discomfort. Additionally, patients may experience some bruising, swelling, and facial sensitivity during this time. To minimize swelling after quicklift surgery, patients should apply cold compresses to treated areas and keep their head elevated during the first 48 hours.
Compared to traditional facelifts, some quicklift patients claim their final results look less "pulled back" and more natural. Additionally, quicklift surgery will allegedly create a more toned, and well-defined facial contour as a result of the tightening of underlying connective tissues.
Of couse, results will vary from patient to patient. The level of quicklift results patients may achieve post surgery can be affected by:
To achieve the best possible quicklift results, patients should take all appropriate precautions prior to surgery, educate themselves about potential quicklift risks and complications, and meet with an experienced facelift surgeon to assess their candidacy and quicklift surgery goals.
Quicklifts are generally appropriate for patients aged 40-65, who have wrinkles and/or loose facial skin on their mid to lower face. Quicklifts can be a great lift procedure for patients wanting an effective treatment, a minimally invasive surgery, and near-permanent results visible within a short time frame.
To learn more about quicklift surgery, or to discover if you're a candidate, it's best to consult with a local, board-certified plastic surgeon who's knowledgeable in quicklift surgery!