QuickLift (Lower Face Lift)
As men and women age, it is natural to lose elasticity in the skin along the jaw line. But now you can turn back the hands of time with a QuickLift procedure at Vargas Face and Skin Center in Kansas City! The QuickLift procedure was specifically designed for men and women who want to stay ahead of the aging process without having to undergo the surgery and recovery time associated with a conventional facelift.
The QuickLift is an improved version of the S-Lift (performed by cosmetic surgeons since the ’90s) and provides a combination lift to the lower and mid-face regions with twilight anesthesia and minimal downtime for recovery. As performed by Dr. Vargas, the QuickLift is a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery procedure that permanently suspends the underlying structures of the lower face – specifically the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (or SMAS). The result is a much-reduced appearance of sagging jowls, cheeks, and loose skin around the neck.
The QuickLift procedure offers a profound age-diminishing effect in the areas of the upper neck and lower face. And unlike a conventional facelift procedure, the QuickLift is performed under local anesthesia as a minor outpatient procedure.
Benefits of the QuickLift Procedure
The QuickLift procedure addresses the muscle layer beneath the skin, creating a horizontal and vertical lift to the areas of the lower face. As the underlying connective tissue and facial musculature is gently lifted and tightened, the appearance of the jaw line and upper neck is immediately improved. It erases up to five, 10 or 15 years from your appearance and comes with a host of other benefits, including:
- Immediate and lasting improvement
- Natural-looking results
- Gives you greater jaw line definition and an elegant neckline
- Minimal interruption to your daily lifestyle
- Minimal scars and no hair loss
- More affordable than a traditional full or mid face lift
Considering a QuickLift Procedure
As each QuickLift is custom-tailored to the needs of the individual patient, Dr. Vargas will provide a complete evaluation and recommendation during your initial consultation.
“I was apprehensive about undergoing facial surgery. Out of all the plastic surgeons I talked to, only Dr. Vargas made me feel comfortable enough to undergo the QuickLift procedure. The results were beautiful and I can’t thank Dr. Vargas enough for answering all my questions and taking the time to care for my needs.”
A QuickLift addresses concerns of the lower face and neck. It can also be referred to as a lower face and neck lift. As we age the jawline softens creating jowls and the skin and muscle loosen around the neck. This is a big issue for many of our aging patients, making the QuickLift a highly sought-after procedure.
This procedure is not intended to improve areas outside of the lower face and neck. Smile lines are an issue of the mid-face.
Yes. While surgery usually offers more improvement than non-surgical procedures, there are other procedures that can correct the lower face and neck. The next best procedure is the Innertyte to help tighten up the skin. This procedure is best for younger patients who are just beginning to see signs of aging. Another option is Laser Liposuction for patients who have more of an issue with excess fat in the area.
There are many facial cosmetic procedures that can be performed at once. Usually individuals needing this procedure are also in need of volume in the face, therefore fat grafting is commonly added to this procedure. Chemical peels are often added to address textural issues of the skin.
The procedure is usually performed under twilight sedation. An incision is made just inside the hairline starting at the temple and continues downward along the tragus (part of the ear) and wrapping around the earlobe ending in the hair. Next, the tissue and muscle are lifted upwards creating a lift. Sutures are placed to hold the structures in place while healing. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is laid flat. Sutures are placed along the incision to close the area using a technique that reduces tension and helps to minimize visible scars.
Swelling and bruising is normal post-procedure. In many cases this resolves within 10 days, but can last up to two weeks. Dressings will be changed at your 24-48 hour post-op. Sutures and staples will be completely removed after one week. It is normal to have numbness and itching during the healing process. Certain activities may be limited until you receive clearance from the doctor.
After the surgery it is best to use cold compresses and lay in an elevated position to reduce swelling and increase comfort. Pain medication is prescribed and can be used to aid in comfort levels post-surgery. You will need to clean the area and wear the recommended garment until your one week post-op check-in.
Any procedure that addresses cosmetic needs is not usually covered by insurance. Special cases such as trauma may be reimbursable in part or whole. It is the patient’s responsibility for pre-approval of coverage and to process the claim for insurance.