What is the Quick Recovery Facelift?
The Quick Recovery Facelift was designed by Dr. Amiya Prasad for the person with busy and modern lifestyle. After some time, Dr. Prasad found that patients who sought a face lift had hesitance because they didn’t want to appear unnatural or show obvious signs of surgery. Patients also did not want the long period of recovery and did not want an ineffective “short cut” procedure. Dr. Prasad’s Quick Recovery Facelift was developed to provide his patients with minimal risk, maximum gain, and quick recovery.
Performed under local anesthesia and light sedation, the Quick Recovery Facelift is a 2 to 3 hour procedure. An incision is made typically increase between ear and face and slightly around the earlobe through which the surgery is performed. The patient will be able to return home about 1 hour after the procedure with only a small bandage and antibiotic ointment. Recovery time is about 1 week.
Hi my name is Dee, I’m 72 years old. I came here to see Dr. Prasad because I’m interested in having a facelift an eye job because of the fact that I don’t feel 72 years old. I’m very active. I’m still working. There are times at work where people look at me and say “Oh you look so tired and you haven’t slept.” But I do sleep, I have a good night sleep and I still look exhausted. I’m just became a grandmother at the age of 70. I love to keep with the little girl. They’re twins. When we’re out, everybody knows I’m their grandmother but there are times when they look and say “Oh, you look so young.” But the last couple of years, I think gravity has taken a toll. I’m looking forward to taking this journey with my daughter. I don’t want people to see only a difference when I go back to work but to say that I look well rested. They think I took a mini vacation and that’s exactly what I want them to think.
My name is Violet. I’m here at Dr. Prasad’s office because I’m interested in having some facial rejuvenation work done. I have recently lost my job and I’m back in the market place looking for a job and it’s tough out there. I’ve had very great experience but I’m up against candidates that are a lot younger. And I really want to look my best and feel my best. I think it’s great that most of the boys want you to have 15 years or more experience but they want you to look a little bit younger. So, that’s why I’m here for one reason is that I chose Dr. Prasad because he’s not only an excellent surgeon and a super specialist, since I’m having my face and eyes done, it is so important I think that you have a surgeon that’s also an artist, someone who understand that balance of the face. Also in my case, I’m in my 50s. I don’t want to look like I’m to be 20 or 30. I just want to look the best of my age. My mother’s also going to get some facial work done and we both chose Dr. Prasad because she’s in her 70s, I’m in my 50s, we have different needs and Dr. Prasad understands amazingly the differences and the details. He has those subtleties and the mastery and I wouldn’t entrust my face to anyone but him.
I just wanted to go and have this journey with you because it’s important to me. I said to do it together. I said you there for me and I’m there for you. And I’m looking forward to everyday that we do the recording and take this journey and show people that it can be done. And it’s nothing to be afraid of.
We were so close. Most people think we’re sisters anyway but you know, what you want to get done, what I want to get done it’s a little bit different and it’s great that we’re using Dr. Prasad because he looks at you and knows what you want. He looks at me and knows what I want and we have similar features which is interesting. He knows exactly how to do the difference and I like that. And I’m looking forward to that and I think it’s great that we’re doing it together.
I also like the fact that you are doing it because you are so talented and you can’t find a job. And when I think about people that and you come home and you feel down and looking at your face and then looking at your brain, wow, she can really bring something to this company. And you always feel come home and you always got turned down only because of only the way you look and I think that’s so unfair. I’m not doing it for that purpose, I have job and I love my job and want to keep working for another 10 years if I could but i just want to look as good as I feel. I’m the same weight as I was 40 years ago and I love to be outdoors. You know how I love gardening. You know that I have these grandchildren, we have two twin girls. I love playing with them. I want to be active with them.
I think the worse is when people say, you look tired. That gets to me because you know, when you sleep and you feel great and “Oh you look so tired.” All of a sudden you feel tired.
It’s a few minutes before I go into surgery. I got to Dr. Prasad office about 9:30 and they got an IV in me and Valium. I feel relaxed. I’m looking forward towards the surgery. It feels great that they made every accommodation for me to feel relaxed and positive. This is how I look now and the next time you see me, I’ll be all bandaged up and on my way to recovery. I’m looking forward to it.
It’s 10 days after my cosmetic surgery with Dr. Prasad and I’m in his office for a follow-up. I feel great. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is for the whole experience. No pain with minimal swelling. I still have a little bruising in the right side of my neck over here a little behind my ears. But I don’t have makeup on at all right now so this is great, I know if I put a little cover-up on, I’ll be able to go out. You won’t even be able to notice it. But it’s been amazing. I can’t believe it’s only 10 days after. It healed so quickly, he did such a great job. I’ve seen other photos of men and women who have had cosmetic surgery and done and their face has been puffed and swollen for a lot longer. I’m just so shocked I never had that and I guess that’s one of the reasons why I chose Dr. Prasad because he has a technique where there’s a little swelling afterwards and that makes a great difference with the recovery. As far as the procedures i have done. I had my uppers and lowers done. I had necklift and a facelift. The best thing was when I came to Dr. Prasad, I told him what I wanted to achieve, I wanted to look younger. I want to look like I wasn’t tired. I didn’t want to look 20, I wanted to look good for my age. And was great is that he recommended what I should get to get the effects that I wanted which I appreciated. It wasn’t that I walked in and needed a facelift or I needed eyelift. He really tailors and customizes what he thinks you want to achieve. He listens to what you want and then he makes his recommendations which is really great. That’s why he’s a super specialist and when it comes to the face, I would never go anywhere else but to Dr. Prasad. It’s the face and the eyes that you look like yourself just better and with a great doctor. The stay feel wonderful. They make you feel great. I feel like I’m in spa than in a doctor’s office. So it’s been a great experience.
Exactly 6 days ago, I had my procedure. I had upper and lower lid surgery. I had a face and chin lift. Today I’m at Dr. Prasad’s office and his staff checked all the stitches. Felt like nothing. Felt a little bit of pulling, that was it. I feel really good. through the whole 6 days, I’ve had no problem. I didn’t even have to take a Tylenol except for a two days later, the way I was sleeping, I bothered my neck a little bit. Other than that, I feel great. Every time come, I get a bigger smile in my face because I realize how great I look. Even bruised, I still feel terrific. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels. And the staff and Dr. Prasad, there’s no words that I can tell that I’m 72 years old and I feel terrific.
Hi it’s been now 4 months since I had my procedure. When I came to see Dr. Prasad, I was concerned because I didn’t feel old but I looked old. I was 72 years old and I still work and I enjoy going to work and I enjoy what I’m doing but people kept thinking I was tired. I explained to him how I felt. I didn’t want to look 20-30 years younger, I just wanted to look the way I felt and he did everything I could ever imagine. I get compliments that I don’t look tired anymore. A couple of good compliment when people come up to me and say “You look like my age.” Well, I say “How old are you.” And they say, “I’m 58.” And I say “We’re about the same and the truth is I’m 72 and I don’t feel like it.” When my daughter and I did this together, the procedure, she had hers done a week prior to mine and at least we were together and we kept notes, we did videos, we logged everything. I had no pain maybe a little numbness once in a while by my ears. That’s it and it’s been 4 months. I couldn’t be any happier. I’m so pleased. Wait till you see my daughter.
It’s been 4 months since I had my cosmetic surgery. I’m extremely happy with the results. I recently seen a girlfriend of mine whom I haven’t seen in approximately 14 years. She was visiting from Los Angeles and she couldn’t believe that I didn’t age. She said “You didn’t age one bit.” And she was looking for tell-tale signs of facelift which she could find and I was really happy about it. I did tell that I had a little bit of Botox and Restylane but she just couldn’t believe how good I looked but I actually had a lot of help from Dr. Prasad. I feel like I look like myself. I don’t have a face that looks very stiff or artificial. Sometimes I see people who had some cosmetic work done and they lose a lot of their expressions and character so I feel like I look like myself when I look at the mirror, I just feel that I look like a better younger version of me. The other great part of it is, is that I have been out of a full-time job over a year and I have been job interviewing and I’m with people who are a lot younger than me. I’m in my 50s and I recently got a very good job offer. And it culminated so perfectly between getting the cosmetic surgery, uplifting my spirits. Obviously projected in my image and having a career going and I’m 50 something.
I feel amazing. I feel so good for 72. I have the energy. It goes with the face. And I get compliments that people think that I’m in my 50s or my 60s and that’s really a good feeling. This is my daughter and we went through this together and it is the greatest journey. I can’t imagine my side in going through this with her. And of course what can we say about Dr. Prasad. No words can express how grateful we are.
It was interesting to see her right after surgery, so smoothly. We recovered so quickly and so fast without incident it was amazing. Just to see how great she looks, she always looked her age but he had a tired look about her and she looked in the mirror and didn’t feel great about it. So she looks great.
I feel really refreshed and young. It’s nice to have my jawline back as far as definition. The most important thing is to find a really good surgeon because there’s a lot of people out there. I did a lot of research and go online and there’s sad stories in realself.com. Women who skimped on a facelift won’t leave their house afterwards because the scars and it got deformed and it’s really sad information out there but I really did my research and I knew Dr. Prasad and I figured when it comes to face and eyes, it’s so important with the surgeon you go with because this represents to the world for the rest of your life with your face and eyes. We’re so happy. We love him.
Why choose the Quick Recovery Facelift?
For patients who seek a better alternative to other face-lifting procedures available, the Quick Recovery Facelift has many advantages compared to a traditional face lift. The Quick Recovery Facelift is performed under local LITE™ Anesthesia, which is safer than general anesthesia used for most face lift surgeries. The Quick Recovery Facelift produces a shorter scar as the incision is a lot smaller and does not go to the temple. Because of the way the incision is made, hair loss is minimal (if any) and the sideburn is preserved. With the Quick Recovery Facelift, the patient goes home on the same day of surgery. A traditional facelift usually involves an overnight hospital stay with a private duty nurse. A traditional facelift can result in a slanted or pulled look. The Quick Recovery Facelift restores the natural relationships of the skin, tissue and muscles of the face, resulting in a natural, youthful appearance that will last long.
“Quick Recovery Facelift” vs. “The Traditional Facelift” & “The MACS Facelift”
|Traditional Facelift||MACS Facelift||Dr. Prasad’s Facelift|
|4 hour procedure||2-4 hour procedure||2-3 hour procedure|
|Typically performed in hospital or operating room with overnight stay.||Performed in a hospital or operating room with an overnight stay.||Performed in state of the art office suites. Go home about 1 hours after the procedure.|
|General anesthesia||General anesthesia often used||Local anesthesia (Intravenous sedation as needed)|
|Large scar behind ear-Sometimes requires loss of hairline in that area||Incision scar next to outer corner of the eyelid can be long and obvious||Smaller scar found typically in crease between ear and face and slightly around the earlobe (customized to the degree of loose skin)|
|Large bandage over face that need to be changed periodically. Drains left in for the first few days.||Large bandages on the head and neck until the day after surgery.||Small bandage and antibiotic ointment. Drains not necessary. Comes off in under a week.|
|4 week healing period||2-3 week healing period||On average 1 week healing period|
|Risk of plastic appearance||Cheeks look round and puffy.||Natural appearance|
Dr. Amiya Prasad is a certified Cosmetic Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, specializing in the eyes and the face. He has been practicing for over 16 years and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
MACS Facelift vs Quick Recovery Facelift
The MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift was a popular choice in the mid 2000′s because it promised limited invasiveness and a short access scar, which would result in faster healing. A short scar unfortunately limits how much the neck can be addressed. Many people who have the MACS or other “short scar” facelifts feel over tight and still have significant loose neck skin.
The goal of a facelift or face and necklift is to improve the appearance of the jawline and neck and create a natural appearance which is long lasting.
Dr. Prasad’s customizes his face and neck lift procedures so the client gets the best results that go with traditional surgery but with the benefits of a shorter recovery time seen with procedures such as the MACS lift.
You asked: Will I See Further Improvement to Pre-Sulcus Area Had MACS Lift Seven Weeks Ago
Thank you for your question! You’re asking about the MACS lift which stands for minimal access cranial suspension lift and this procedure became very popular somewhere in the mid two thousands where there was a real wave of interest in our field about short scar quick recovery face lifts. And unfortunately, a lot of times, these quick recovery face lifts did not turn out to be as good as they were originally promised to be. So, I’m not saying that that’s the situation for you.
When you chose your doctor and you made this decision, what I think is critically important for most of my patients, or every patient who comes to see me is that I communicate a lot. And I teach and I explain things in detail so they understand what to anticipate after that the procedure. And that information is reinforced by my medical assistants and nurses and all the staff who are involved in their care including even the patient coordinators because they all see how our patients do. So, what you are asking first is, will you need fillers to fill in the sulcus and does the MACS lift, or do the sutures hold things up and will things attach. I think these questions are best answered by your surgeon and I’ll tell you why.
When you look at a textbook of the MACS lift, there’s a limited amount of what’s called undermining where a smaller area of the skin under the face is lifted. And when it’s lifted these stitches are placed, these loop stitches that attach to tissue that’s in the temple. And that’s why they call it the Minimal access cranial suspension as opposed to a standard face and neck lift where we open up a lot more in order to re-drape. So, you have to ask your surgeon whether or not you’re going to get that type of result. I am concerned a little that you don’t see the benefit early. Unfortunately a lot of times these shorter scar face lifts, they look good in the beginning and they tend to regress and so it’s always a matter of choosing the right procedure for the right patient.
In my practice, my approach, is not necessarily to only do short scar face lifts for quick recovery but rather to do proper face lifts with quick recovery which is definitely can be done. I’ve been doing it for many years and helping lots of people get really nice neck definition. That’s one of the things that I have to say is a limitation with the short scar lifts is that although you can get a vertical lift to the face, a lot of times there’s residual sagging in the neck and even in the lower face because it depends a lot on a person’s facial anatomy. And if they have round face or wide face you may not get as much lifting as you would like.
Many patients have come to me who have had short scar face lifts and needed revising and proper face lifting procedures done. Again, I’m not saying that this is what you should anticipate but I think you need to speak to your surgeon about these issues. And I could tell you one thing about the sulcus in this area, it is normal to have a little bit of an indentation. It is an area called a mandibular notch and that area, is an area where we lose bone as we get older and so it always indents in. So you don’t necessarily interpret everything as a jowl but rather as an indentation. In our practice we often use fillers such as Radiesse or we’ll even put something like a silicon pre-jowl implant.
So you have certainly lots of things to think about but you are still in the early stages of your healing process. I would recommend that you review your photos with your doctor and get a sense of what you can anticipate. Any experienced face lift surgeon should be able to provide that for you. If you are not satisfied with that explanation, getting a second opinion from a reputable and ethical doctor is always worth the effort. So, I hope that was helpful for you and thank you for your question.