Are 1 Hour Facelifts Really Possible?
- Asked 2 years ago
What types of procedures are used for these "1 hour lifts" as advertised by Lifestyle Lift Centers that I saw on TV. (http://www.lifestylelift.com/)
The Swift Lift, 1 hour lift, Lifestyle Lift, Lunchtime Lift.... and many other named lifts are variations of a common theme. It involves short incisions, less undermining and the use of strings to suspend the underlying tissues. While some small changes and improvements may be noted, the majority of patients are left disappointed with the overall result. The most common problem is shortlived and inadequate results. More serious complications, scarring, deformity of the ear, and even facial nerve injury can occasionally be seen. These lifts are usually advertised by inadequately trained surgeons with "cosmetic" somehow attached to their title. Revision facelifting from these inadequately performed procedures has become a significant part of my practice. I agree with statements of other surgeons, this is your face, make the proper investment and go with a properly trained doctor. This is preferably one who specializes in exclusively the face.
Web reference: http://www.drjohnbitner.com
No quality facelift takes 1 hour
The only one hour facelift available is the one you don't want to have. This is YOUR FACE we are talking about and time, care, and meticulous attention to detail needs to be focused on getting you the best result. No one hour quickie will suffice!
The "1-hour facelift"
There are many things that can be accomplished in "1 hour": a workout, getting a prescription filled, lunch, taking a class. But do you really want to put a time limit on something as important as facial surgery? Wouldn't it be better to emphasize "what" is being done rather than "how long" is something being done? While an efficient use of surgical time is valued, the needs of each individual patient have to be carefully evaluated. One patient may need relatively little. Another patient may require a much more complicated procedure, requiring more time and expertise. But it does make sense to invest an hour in a careful pre-procedure consultation with a qualified surgeon before any decision is made!
If you think about it and understand what needs to be done in order to yield a good natural appearance after a Facelift, it is very difficult to achieve that in one hour. In most cases the people that use those terms use it as a marketing ploy. In either regard, it is not the time involved in getting it done, it is what it is going to look like and how long it will last. One can have less performed during a one hour Facelift so the likelihood of it look unnatural or lasting a short time is higher.Cook a steak over an open flame slowly or microwave it. They are both cooked, but which one is better.
Quick Procedures Often Leave Quickly Fading Results
I tell every patient that I can rush if they want me to, but none yet has asked. Any of these quick procedures are by their nature, lack of attention to detail. Unless the procedure is significantly long, there is no particular reason to rush through it. Look at the qualifications of those who are offering this and talk to patients - odds are you are wasting time, money and gambling with your face! Take a look at the article on the reviews that one of the "lift" companies faked - from the New York Times below.
Best of luck
Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
There are no shortcuts when it comes to Facial Cosmetic Surgery
I don't know of a single respected, well-trained Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Board -Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who thinks they can achieve a natural, durable result from a one hour facelift procedure. I would strongly recommend seeking out a well-respected and properly trained plastic surgeon in your area to go over your options in detail and avoid short-cut cosmetic surgery procedures.
Web reference: http://www.drsalemy.com
1-hour facelift is the same as a 10-minute cut and curl!
If it seems to good to be true, it is!
If an operation that takes an experienced facelift surgeon 2 1/2-3 hours to properly perform is advertised as taking only half to one-third the time, is that magic? Super speed? Bogus?
Or just plain sloppy and inadequate?
Listen to your gut! Feel the force! Avoid slick marketing!
Honest, any facelift that takes only 1 hour is "snake oil" at its finest! Best wishes!
Web reference: http://www.mpsmn.com/html/facelift.html
One hour facelift- is there any value to it?
There will never be the longtime results from a hastily performed one hour facelift that will be possible with a properly performed facelift performed by well trained professionals. This has been seen many times as I continue to evaluate the inadequate surgical results that is evident in many of the patients who have had these procedures performed , and who continue to be unhappy with the longevity of the results. Don't be influenced by advertisements and claims made as opposed to the more important comments from actual patients. Good luck to you.
Frank Rieger M.D. Tampa Plastic Surgeon
Web reference: http://w.w.w riegercosmeticsurgery.com
A one hour facelift is a facelift that you do not want
Doing an effective facelift is one that is done safely with a great cosmetic improvement that is designed to last for years. I think that it is impossible to do an acceptable facelift that provides a lasting result in one hour. There are corners that are being cut that will compromise your long term results. Don't buy into the deceptive advertising.
One Hour Facelift
The simple answer to your question is that a one hour Facelift (if you define Facelift as a procedure that rejuvenates the face for an extended period of time) is impossible. It is not even possible for the doctor to do the main part of a Facelift (incision, undermining, plication, and trimming the skin) in an hour and have the staff do all the set-up, anesthesia, wound closure and dressings if you use the above definition of a Facelift. One can make a straight (as opposed to one that insinuates around the normal lines of the ear to hide well) incision around the ear, take out some skin and close the incision in an hour. The problem is that the results only last a short time and the scars spread and look ugly or pull the ear down as the tissues assume their previous position. This is a marketing ploy by unscrupulous physicians who want to take your money, not rejuvenate your face. If a Plastic Surgeon member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery made such claims, they would be kicked out of the organization.
Web reference: http://www.todaysfacelift.com/
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