How Long Can I Expect Smart Lift Results to Last?
- Asked by vmlico in Princeton, NJ
- 5 years ago
Mini lifts give mini results for a mini length of time
Consider what you are interested in to be the same as a Lifestyle lift and look at the column to the right and read the many unhappy reviews. Until a patient is ready for a proper facelift by a real plastic surgeon, they would be better served using fillers, Botox and skin care. The practitioners of these named or branded lifts are rarely real plastic surgeons and pay the company for the right to "sell" a mini lift to you. Be ware of this practice please!!
Branded mini lifts
Many branded mini lifts exist with snazzy names.
Usually they are tied to a marketing campaign for which the doctor pays a fee to belong. Doctors are not chosen by reputation or stature in the community. They are chosen by a willingness to be associated with an advertising campaign.
A close look at the feedback reports on this website from these lifts shows a general trend: you get what you pay for. Although the facelift ratings are quite high relative to other procedures, it is typically the patients who paid $5000 for a facelift (this is not a typical fee for a facelift) who are most dissatisfied. Chances are they were expecting full facelift results, and they did not receive them. To the contrary, they often experience excessive scarring due to tight closures inherent in a minilift that pulls hard.
So do your homework, but you won't get $20,000 facelift results for $5000.
Longevity per se of these lifts varies, but is generally in the order of a few years (plus the scars) rather than many years (well placed scars).
"Smart Lift" longevity: we don't really know
The Smart Lift utilizes laser for the elevation and theoretical tightening of the skin in combination with suture techniques to elevate sagging tissues.
Whether the theorized advantages (better skin tightening for using the laser in a certain way) prove to be so is not yet proven by sufficient clinical research.
The procedure has not yet been in enough patients, by enough different surgeons, with long enough post-op observations to give you a good answer about longevity (or its real advantages or disadvantages as compared with other techniques).
Innovation in techniques is critical to progress in surgery, but has value only if it means better results and safety with fewer complications and risks. That can only be determined by the rigors of good clinical studies.
Your best course is to seek consultation with a well trained, well reputed, experienced, ethical surgeon. More than a specific technique, the skill, judgment, and professional integrity of that surgeon are the most important factors in your getting the best possible result.
SmartLift is not a minilift
A SmartLift is not a minilift, and because it is a very new procedure, the term is being lumped into the minilift category.
Dr. Gentile was the first to introduce this, and it utilizes subcutaneous laser to assist in elevating the skin. It is basically a laser assisted lift, and one of the major benefits is added skin tightening as you heal.
Smart lift longevity
A smart lift is a brand name operation. This usually includes a mini-lift of some sort not necessarily being performed by a plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. They probably won;t last as long as a "true" facelift. Just make sure your surgeon is board certified in facial plastic surgery or plastic surgery. Sometimes, there are general surgeons, and other non-core physicians doing these operations. Perhaps, some may be competent to do this, but they do not have the same training as the two groups previously described. It is like me performing nuerosurgery. While I can read about the operation, observe it a few times, and probably do it, I probably do not appreciate the nuances of the procedure that produces an excellent result with limited complications, and that is why training in these specialties is more than a weekend course!
The results of a full facelift should last approximately ten years. Any other type of procedure or its permutation, i cannot promise. Best of luck.
Duration of a Smart Lift
Smart Lifts is a very broad term and can encompass a number of techniques including a mini lift, a segmental lift, or a laser assisted facelift. Each procedure has a different expected duration. If the procedure works on the SMAS in the same way as a traditional facelift then it will last as long as a traditional facelift. If not, then the duration will be less.
Your surgeon is right that tenderness after facelift
Your surgeon is right that tenderness after facelift can occur and is normally due to the nerves growing back.
However, these long after surgery most of the tenderness should have settled in most cases.
Unfortunately, this problem is difficult to treat and it maybe sensible to have a consultation with another surgeon to get a second opinion as to the best way forward for you and whether anything can be done to improve the sensation in your face.
I wish you the best of luck if you do decide to proceed with the further consultation.
Lifts last because of the surgeon, and are less likely to last if BRANDED
Be wary of branded face lifts. The sexy sounding lifts like thread lifts, etc are less likely to truly stand the test of time. Ask your surgeon what they are planning to do, and ask to see pre/post operative pics and ask for references. I find patients flocking to these gimmicky, marketed procedures because they are cheaper. When you actually add up the costs, they are marginally cheaper than a real surgical procedure and offer minimal results!
Smartlift can last many years.
The smartlift procedure used in combination with the facelift procedure can last 10+ years depending on the technique and age of the patient. Smartlifting as a single procedure for neck and jowls in the fourty year-old can last 3-5 years.
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