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.
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.