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PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Who Is a Candidate?

Who Is a Good Candidate for The QuickLift™? We’ve found that the QuickLift™ works best for people in their 40s and 50s, and sometimes 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. The more challenging the neck area is, the more likely we are to recommend a more traditional face and neck lift, which requires more extensive loosening of the skin and removing 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, and sometimes a combination of techniques works best.

The QuickLift™ is 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

For more information about our 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

IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW

Local Anesthesia: 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.

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.

General Anesthesia: 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 goes in the back of the throat but doesn’t go down the trachea. Through the airway, an anesthesiologist gives gases to put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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