Effectiveness of Quick Lift Compared to a Traditional Face Lift?

What is the effectiveness and the cost of a quick face lift as compared to a traditional face lift? How permanent are each of the results?

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Quick lift means quick fall

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Quick lifts do not last long, maybe a year then you get your quick fall back to normal. Better to get a formal facelift that will last longer and performed by a reputable surgeon.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews


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Small surgery usually has small results without that much saving in downtime or costs. Typically facelifts last about 10 years but results will vary depending on your skin quality and texture

Quick Lift versus Traditional Face Lift

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There are many “marketing type” of facelifts, however, there are no short cuts in doing a true classic facelift in which the recovery is truly 10-14 days. Anything less than that cannot really be called a facelift and is often done by non-Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. In medicine and in life, “you get what you pay for.”

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Quicklift vs. Traditional Lift

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Quicklifts tend not to improve the SMAS. Therefore, it is not cost effective for younger patients will need to repeat the procedure much more often than a traditional lift. For a patient who needs substantial work, then a Quicklift will generally not achieve the desired results. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Effectiveness of Quick Lift Compared to a Traditional Face Lift

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The amount of correction with a Quicklift alone is less than that of a facelift alone, so you are likely looking at repeating the Quicklift in the time the traditional facelift will last. If you do no t need a full facelift, then the Quicklift will work, but so would a normal cheek lift without the hype.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Quick lift vs traditional facelift.

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As a general rule, as we age our tissues become less elastic, less strong and visible signs of aging are more pronounced, ie, neck banding, poor jaw definition/jowling, loss of cheek fullness.  If you are on the younger side (40's) an modified or limited facelift may give excellent results and have good longevity because the tissues are strong and hold up well.   These lifts go by many different names: LifestyleLift, Smart lift, Quicklift, etc but all do essentially the same thing with a few slight differences..   As tissue laxity and hanging increases (maybe in the 50's) and the skin becomes less elastic, more extensive procedures are required to fully address those problems.  This is not to say you couldn't have one of the lesser facelift procedures done in your 60's but full correction of all areas with a long lasting result is less likely.  If you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is capable of performing a full traditional facelift, then a lesser modification also be done should you be an appropriate candidate.  This is best determined by your surgeon and not by the marketing ads promising stunning results. 

Quick lift?

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Make sure you choose your surgeon based on what he/she can do, not what he/she calls the procedure.  Your surgeon should be well versed in many different techniques of face lift so he/she can make the right recommendation for you.  Don't fall for some gimmick.  No procedure is "patented" and many of these SmartLift, QuickLift, LifestyleLift, WhateverLifts are just marketing gimmicks.  Also, make sure your surgeon is really a surgeon and not a physician who has taken a few weekend courses!

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Effectiveness of Quick Lift vs Traditional lift

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For a patient who needs minimal rejuvenation a quick lift or minilift may be appropriate and effective. These procedures are quicker, provide less improvement, and  results that do not last as long.  Patients do tend to address facial aging when they are younger, but more traditional lifts are usually necessary. These techniques take more time and recovery is longer, but the results are much better and the duration of improvement is significantly longer.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Quick Lift vs Traditional Face Lift

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This is a complex question since the surgeon should match the procedure to each individual patient's needs. A younger patient with good skin and early aging may do well with a lesser procedure (Quick Lift) but a more extensive procedure would be more appropriate for an older patient with lax skin and drooping facial structures. Many of the "Lunch Time" and "Lift Style" face lift variations are more marketing gimmicks so proceed with caution and get several opinions.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Benefit of quick lift or Lite Lift over traditional facelifts

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I  have experience with traditional facelifts for 25 years.  I now do almost exclusively Lite Lifts:

  1. most of the doctors writing the answers have no knowledge or experience with what a quick lift or Lite Lift  are.  Unfortunately all of the doctors below are writing our of ignorance
  2. These lifts are verticle lifts, some with a MACS component
  3. you can research these online
  4. they all address the SMAS
  5. they have less bruising, swelling, quicker healing
  6. the results can look as good, sometimes better
  7. a few patients do well with more traditional components added
  8. We have done only one traditional facelift out of approximately 400 Lite Lifts in the last 2 years

The video of the actual surgery can be viewed by anyone on my website.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

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