Quick Lift Side Effects?
- Asked by Annie57 in Reno, Nev.
- 4 years ago
What are the long term side effects of a Quicklift? How long do they last? Will my face age normally after the surgery?
The long term side effects of the Quicklift are the same for all facelifting procedure, it is essentially just name given to a type of SMAS plication lift. Your face will continue ageing but on average (and depending on your skin laxity now) you can expect at least 5-10 years resetting the clock, The clock will still tick on though!
Mini facelifts: Quicklift, LiteLift, MACS, LifeStyle lift - will they last
Mini Facelifts such as the Quicklift, Lite Lift, MACS, LifeStyle lift and others are all modified facelifts that share certain characteristics such as being less invasive, less scarring by less incisions, lifting the underlying supporting structures (e.g. SMAS) and can often be performed without general anesthesia. What is most important is the skill of the surgeon which is a combination of years of experience, and best training (being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and/or a facial plastic surgical boards is a start). I have found in the more than 25 yrs of practicing surgery that Great surgeons tend to have great results regardless of their techniques. That being said mini-facelifts such as the Quick Lift or Lite Lift are long lasting and are best suited for redefining the jawline and upper neck.. Lower neck redundancy may be best treated with a neck lift or traditional face lift. Although the hands of time are turned back the clock keeps ticking re: how long it will last. Certain techniques such as the MACS or Lite Lift use a pure vertical lift which is "anti-gravity" in its approach so you will look natural afterwards and not have the "wind tunnel" or "swept away " appearance.
Larry Nichter, MD, FACS
Quicklifts can last for years
Think of a Quicklift as a blueprint for a house. While the steps followed during construction (determined by the blueprint) will impact the house's durabliitly, the more important determining factor is what type of building material is being used: straw, wood, brick?
Patients with good, elastic skin, and good bone structure are like brick houses: they will demonstrate longlasting results. Poorly elastic, thin, aged skin will age like a straw house: quickly.
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Quicklift is one of the facelift procedures. I am not going to argue what is better, worse, more or less durable. It is a different topic all together.
However, any complications associated with traditional facelift can occur with quicklift also. It is important to remember that this is a surgical procedure and both surgeon and patient must treat it as such.
Most common complications may include lumpiness, bumpiness, irregularity, asymmerty, bleeding, hematoma, seroma, infection, skin loss, nerve damage, scar thickening, keloid scar formation, chronic pains, need for additional surgery and so on.
For more extensive list of possible complication I invite you to visit our site.
However, these are the complications that can occur with any surgery. Proper preparation and attention to detail as well as following instruction of your surgeon can decrease the risk of those side effects very significantly.
Sincerely, Boris Volshteyn MD
Side effects from Quick lift
The biggest side effects are the following:
1. Assymetry - as things heal or we do a surgical procedure, assymetry is a known risk.
2. Bleeding - any incision in the skin or under the skin has the risk of excessive bleeding. Though this is in the operating room or office where we stop the bleeding, it is possible for the bleeding to open up again when you are home and necessitates you coming back to have it controlled
3. scarring - any surgical procedure has the risk of scar tissue development
4. Facial nerve injury - any procedure on the midface or face risks damage to the nerve that controls facial function. This risk is low but present. The nerve may be temporarily stunned or may be damaged more permanently
5. Need for more surgery - Any procedure that is done on the face has a risk that it may need a future surgery. This may be to touch it up or to fix a complication.
6. Surgery not working - sometimes after a procedure we dont get the lift or tightening we expect and the surgery just didnt work as well as we hoped. It is always a possibility with any surgery on the face. Patients who have had the quick lift sometimes complain it doesn't have the lasting power of a full facelift.
Risks and complications are important to know. Just like when you get in a car you take a risk of getting in an accident, any procedure has a risk of a complication. Just like the car we don't expect it and we try to avoid it by any means possible it can happen.
Quicklift is a Mini-Facelift
This is a trademarked name given for a "mini-facelift" . The results depend completely on the starting point. It is a procedure for those with somewhat minimal cheek laxity and neck laxity that involves only the area immediately under the chin. If someone has major skin laxity of the face or neck then a more traditional facelift is the procedure of choice. In general the results of a traditional facelift are more long lasting than those of the mini-lift procedure.
In our practice the minilift is generally a procedure for those patients age 35-50. It is rarely used as a primary procedure on those older than 55 although it can be a nice secondary procedure on those who have had traditional surgery in the past.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.