The QuickLift™ which was developed by Dr. Dominic Brandy, is a modified version of the traditional S-Lift procedure.
It provides an overall lift to the lower region of the face and the upper neck with a quicker recovery, smaller incisions, a lower risk of complications, and immediate results. The procedure can erase five or more years from one’s appearance depending on the age and skin condition of the patient.
The procedure is designed for men and women between the ages of 40 and 65+ who want to stay ahead of the aging process. At this age, most individuals lose elasticity in their skin and develop looseness along the jaw line and under the chin to varying degrees. The QuickLift procedure can produce a significant age-diminishing effect for these patients.
The QuickLift is an outpatient procedure that takes between 60 and 90 minutes to perform, depending on the surgeon. Oral pre-medication is generally recommended to help relax the patient.
A local anesthetic is used in the pre-auricular area (the area in front of the ear) to desensitize the lower face, inhibit bleeding and gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue. A small, relaxed “S” shape incision is made beginning along the sideburn, extending behind the tragus of the ear, around the earlobe and up to the hairline toward the nape. The underlying connective tissue is tightened, the excess skin is tailored and the incision is sutured closed under magnification using an exclusive suturing technique that is designed to reduce tension at closure to minimize any visible scarring.
The QuickLift is often called a “weekend facelift” because many patients have the procedure performed on a Friday, return to our office on Saturday for a quick follow-up appointment, and return to work on Monday. Although this may be true for some patients depending on their occupations – the downtime associated with the QuickLift will vary from patient to patient.
Following the procedure, a bandage is not necessary unless requested by the patient.
If the procedure is performed without oral pre-medication, the patient is permitted to drive himself/herself home afterward.
Although a prescription for pain medication is provided, most patients say over-the-counter Tylenol is all they need to alleviate any discomfort. Some patients may experience slight temporary bruising, which may be camouflaged with makeup after three days. To minimize the chance of postoperative swelling, patients are encouraged to sleep with their head elevated for the first week and to apply cold compresses as often as possible the first 48 hours.
The QuickLift offers immediate results. The procedure can restore a more youthful appearance, firm the lower facial area, and improve jaw line definition. Unlike other “mini lifts” that only tighten skin, the QuickLift involves tightening the connective tissue layer below the skin (called the “superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS), making the results long lasting.
It is important to keep in mind; however, after the procedure, the normal aging process resumes. Generally, younger patients enjoy longer lasting results, however lifestyle choices, bone structure, skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a part in determining how long the result will last.
The QuickLift is more affordable than a traditional full-facelift, making it accessible to a wide range of men and women who are looking to stay ahead of the aging process.
As with any type of surgery, there are inherent risks associated with the procedure, which include post operative swelling, bleeding and noticeable scarring. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and discuss all of their concerns about the procedure with their doctor during their consultation.