Quicklift or Lifestyle lift?
What Type of Mini Lift is Safer and More Effective?
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Two branded Mini Lifts
You have chosen to compare two branded mini-lift procedures.
Mini-facelifts typically produce mini results with the incisions of a full facelift. They are marketed heavily with infomercials, beautiful before and after pictures. I have seen many branded minilift patients who had scars and results resembling nothing like the photographs on the advertisements.
The reviews on the procedure, particularly LSL, are scathing. Patients complain of fleeting results and bad scarring.
Why should the results of a minilift be so damaging?
During surgery, tissue is advanced after being undermined, or released from the deep tissues. It is then brought to a new position and secured with sutures. By the time the sutures dissolve, the tissues have stuck to their new position.
If a surgeon performs a minilift in an hour under local anesthesia, the claim of LSL, the amount of undermining is minimal. Therefore to receive any results at all, the incisions must be closed tighter, under greater tension. Greater tension causes incisions to spread, and the scars to be wide and unsightly. In an hour, a very experienced facelift surgeon is not done with their procedure, because the deep restructuring is not done. An experienced facelift surgeon will not stop at this point because he knows his patients will not be happy with wide scars and subpar results.
The LSL patients I have seen have had very bad scarring. Their deep tissues were not adjusted upward, and sat on the jowls just as they had before surgery.
My advice is to consult with board certified plastic surgeons on a proper facelift. Save up if you have to and have it done properly.
Board certified plastic surgeons don't have infomercials touting their procedures, so many patients will never read this post. Informed patients will be the only ones who get this far, unfortunately.
Facial Rejuvenation - No two surgeries are exactly alike
Buyer beware: a number of ‘limited incision’ and ‘quick recovery’ facelift procedures are currently marketed to patients with names like “The Quicklift”, “The Lifestyle Lift”, “The Weekend Facelift”, “The S Lift”, “The MACS Lift”, etc. As with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
In my opinion, the results of surgery are in direct proportion to the time and effort that the surgeon has put into the procedure. Most of the procedures I have listed above cut corners to arrive at a shorter surgical time and quicker recovery (which, by the way, isn’t always quicker), and most of them undertreat or do not at all improve the neck. Additionally, cutting corners in the neck almost always leads to distortion of the neck area skin, which often is quite readily apparent in ‘before and after’ images of these procedures with gimmicky names. Look for abnormal and unnatural-appearing skin tension lines in the lateral neck as well as below and behind the ears.
Surgical treatment of facial aging changes must be carefully individualized to match each patient's aesthetic needs and desires. No two 'facelifts', by necessity, are the same. In helping a patient to make decisions about plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation, I always examine and assess how each aesthetic area or 'unit' of the face contributes to an individual's overall appearance: the brows and eyelids, the cheeks or ' midface, the lower face and chin, and the neck. An individualized surgical plan is then developed which addresses each patient's specific concerns and needs.
What is in a name
Lifestyle lift and Quick Lift are marketing terms for different types of facelifts. It is easy to be confused about what type of facelift is best for you, especially when there are many advertised on infomercials like a lifestyle lift. These are basically mini-lift type procedures but they can vary between surgeons and locations. The fact that there are different types of facelifts offered should not be a deterent, I offer my patients different types of lifts so that they can receive a customized treatment plan. mini-lift, full facelift, a lift with or without laser resurfacing or blepharoplasty.
What really counts is that your surgeon has the training, skills and aesthetic knowledge that provides you with what is the best procedure for you. Not every patient is the same, so why should everyone have the exact same facelift. Subtle variations can make all the difference in capturing an individual's natural beauty.
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Lifestyle Lift, QuickLift: Marketing Not Technique
Lifestyle Lift, Quick Lift and many proprietary names for Facelift are for marketing purposes and do not describe a standardized or proprietary surgical technique.
The technique is surgeon-dependent, so ask your questions about expected results and recovery from the specific surgeon you are choosing.
Not a fan of lifestyle lift or quick lift
Wow, I have to admit I was surprised and pleased to see the other physician answers to this question. I agree that they are both poor choices, and all the marketing around these branded techniques are not produced locally. Nor are the results depicted. I have had to correct or revise more of these lifts than I would like to admit. Bad scars, limited to no results. Find a facelift physician that can offer you personal results from their practice, with full discussion of the results promised by facelifts vs limited facelifts.
What Type of Mini Lift is Safer and More Effective?
Hope this helps,
Dr. Gus Diaz
Brands of Heavily Marketed Minilifts
Brands of mini facelifts
I am often asked this question, and there are many analogies I like to use: McDonald's and Burger King both advertise heavily and sell hamburgers, but odds are they are not the highest quality burgers on the market, and the one you are served is very unlikely to look like the one you saw on TV.
The same goes for jeans, there are lots of brand names, but you don't want to buy just by the name; you need to buy based on your size, fit, desired tailoring, choice of color and pockets even.
So many brands exist for these mini lifts because they can be effective when done properly. That doesn't mean they are done in an hour; a lot of people still try to take shortcuts when they're doing them, and this is where poor results happen.
The good news is, even more extensive lifts can be performed safely and effectively under just local anesthesia, making the procedure overall much more safe and simple for you as the patient. Local anesthesia also usually means lower costs, not having to stay in the hospital and recovering at home, and overall shorter recovery times.
Make sure your surgeon has experience in multiple types of lifts, meaning that they can see what you need specifically and make that happen, as opposed to just performing a cookie-cutter brand name lift with no customization.
To guarantee you're receiving the highest level of care, seek out a dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties.
The Quicklift is more involved with a pursestring or similar suture placed in the deeper tissue to help lift the underlying structures and provide a longer lasting result. Look for a board certified plastic surgeon in your area.
Choose the surgeon based on their training and experience and don't get hung up on the name of a procedure that may or may not be right for you.
A. Dean Jabs M.D., Ph.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Bethesda MD/McLean VA