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PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Who Is a Candidate?

We have found that the QuickLift™ works best for people in their 40s and 50s and occasionally for those who are a little older. However, the procedure can be modified for patients who have more loose skin or fat, especially in the neck region. The more challenging the neck area is, the more likely we are to recommend a traditional face and neck lift, which requires more extensive loosening of the skin and the removal of more fat.

But because every case is unique, the only way to accurately determine which procedure is best for you is to consult with Dr. Alexander. Also, bear in mind that there is a whole spectrum of options between the QuickLift™ and a traditional facelift—it doesn't have to be one or the other. Sometimes a combination of techniques will yield the best result.

The QuickLift™ may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You don’t smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations in mind for the improvement of your appearance
  • You have looseness in the neck, jawline, or cheeks
  • You want a refreshed, natural look that doesn’t look surgical

For more information about our QuickLift™ procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up, and what help you will need after the procedure

INFORMED CONSENT

Pain from the QuickLift™ is usually minimal. Patients usually experience tightness in the cheeks and neck and some soreness in the jaw for the first few days while eating or opening the mouth. Pain pills are provided, but are usually not required after a couple of days. It is uncommon for patients to have significant pain.

The decision to have a QuickLift™ is extremely personal, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks are acceptable. In general, the overall risks are very small for QuickLift™ surgery. In addition, there may be a different procedure more suited to your needs, such as a nose lift, ear or chin reshaping.

We will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo including the risks.

Risks include:

  • Scars. Facelift scars vary from person to person, but QuickLift™ incisions heal extremely well and are usually very difficult to see
  • Hematoma (collection of blood under skin)
  • Slow healing
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Temporary numbness
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

It’s very important to ask Dr. Alexander questions about your QuickLift™ procedure. It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with us.

COST

Cost is always an important consideration in elective surgery. However, when choosing a plastic surgeon for a Facelift, remember that the surgeon’ s experience and your comfort are just as important as the final cost.

A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Be sure to ask about our patient financing plans.

Cost may include:

  • Surgeon’ s fee
  • Operating Room and Supplies
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests
  • Anesthesia fees (if not done under local anesthesia)

IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW

Anesthesia — General: The patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected either by a standard breathing tube or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that is placed in the back of the throat but not down the trachea. An anesthesiologist releases gases through the airway which put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

Anesthesia — Local: the surgical area is numbed up, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Anesthesia — Sedation (Twilight) Anesthesia: the patient is given an iv, and is made sleepy with medications given through the iv. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleep to very sleepy. Sometimes sedation is given by the surgeon, and other times it is administered by an Anesthesiologist.

Hematoma: An unwanted collection of blood under the skin.

Hypertrophic Scar: A hyperactive, usually temporary scarring process that makes a scar raised and red, sometimes called a “baby keloid.”  This is more common in patients with pigmented complexion and more common on the chest, trunk, and shoulders, and very uncommon on the face and neck.

Jowls: Soft bulges that sag along the jaw line, usually caused by loss of muscle tone in the lower face.

Tear Trough: A groove below the lower eyelids extending from the nose across the upper cheek.

Mesolabial Fold (Marionette Lines): The crease that extends from the corner of the mouth down the side of the chin.

Nasolabial Fold: The crease that extends from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.

SMAS: The Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, the superficial layer of muscles in the face just below the skin and subcutaneous fat.

Tear Trough: A groove below the lower eyelids extending from the nose across the upper cheek.

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