Facelift vs. QuickLift®: Which Is Right for Me?

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Desiring facial rejuvenation is common as we age and begin to experience the effects of time, lifestyle, and genetics. While non-surgical options can help to delay the signs of aging, there may come a time when surgery is the only way to achieve the results you want. Facelift surgery is commonly performed to address aging on the mid and lower face. While traditional facelift surgery is still the gold standard of surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, there have been modifications made over the last several years. One of these modifications is the QuickLift®. Dr. Derr performs the QuickLift® as an alternative for patients who desire improvement to the mid and lower face without requiring the same amount of downtime or invasiveness as needed for a traditional facelift.

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What’s the Difference?

The traditional facelift addresses skin and muscle laxity on the midface, moderate to severe jowls, a sagging jawline, and vertical banding and sagging on the neck. This procedure involves multiple incisions. The first incision begins at the temple and continues down along the hairline and around the ear. An additional incision is commonly placed under the chin to address any neck laxity. From here, the skin and underlying muscles are separated so that Dr. Derr can lift and tighten sagging muscles (restoring natural fullness and lift) and remove any excess fat and skin.


Similarly, the QuickLift® also improves the visible signs of aging in the mid and lower face, including wrinkles, jowls, and a sagging jawline. Once again, an incision is made along the hairline and around the ear. There is, however, no incision made beneath the chin, and instead of separating the skin and underlying muscles, the muscles and connective tissues are tightened by using a purse-string suture technique, which provides an instant lift. Excess skin is still removed, and your incisions are closed.

Which Is for Me?

Both of these procedures provide a natural-looking, youthful appearance, and each has its benefits. A QuickLift® is less invasive than a traditional facelift and, therefore, has less discomfort and requires less downtime. QuickLift® patients generally return to work and their normal activities within a few days, while a facelift patient may be out for one to two weeks. While this quick recovery time is beneficial for many individuals, as not everyone can spare the time away from work and their regular schedule, a QuickLift® cannot give the same amount of improvement as a traditional facelift. For patients who are suffering from moderate to severe facial aging, a facelift may be what you’re looking for as it provides more noticeable, desirable, and lasting results. The QuickLift®, however, is perfect for patients who are just beginning to experience the effects of facial aging and want to tackle the issue before it progresses further.

If you are interested in learning more about the QuickLift® or facelift procedure, contact Dr. John Derr by calling 502-895-5850 to set up a consultation.