Marketed as Mini-Face Lift Procedures
- We do limited procedures when indicated.
- We individualize our treatment of each
patient after a thorough consultation with the surgeon.
Our recommendations are based on what is appropriate
for a given patient.
- We limit our procedures to those that
are proven safe and effective in scientific studies
as well as our best medical judgment about the best
method for any given patient.
- All our surgery is done in accredited
There is no standard
facelift procedure - many techniques are called a “facelift”
with varying degrees of safety, effectiveness and longevity.
It is our experience that minimal surgery produces minimal
and usually temporary results. Bargain procedures can
often result in disappointing results which may require
additional surgery increasing the expense.
Any physician can offer any procedure and minimal procedures
can be done in an office setting using only local anesthesia.
However, a consumer should consider comfort, safety, effectiveness,
longevity, surgeons credentials, and the general acceptance
of a given technique by the medical community.
Any procedure that sounds too good to be true should be approached with caution.
Research the surgeon's credentials, hospital privileges, and reputation, as well
as, accreditation of his/her surgical facility. Multiple opinions can be extremely
valuable, and should be sought for any elective surgery.
Mini-Face Lift Procedures
Cosmetic Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls™
face lift procedures are similarly described as a
limited, inexpensive, one-hour facelift with no downtime.
Done under local anesthesia, they are a patented
procedure that makes conventional facelift surgery
obsolete (according to their website)
In medicine, there are no secret, exclusive techniques. If a procedure has merit,
it is published in the medical (peer-reviewed) literature and can be performed
by any qualified surgeon. “Secret procedures” cannot be verified for accuracy
of claims of effectiveness,
- There are several patented minifacelift
procedures (including Lifestyle lift, Quicklift,
etc.) which are marketing packages sold to franchisees,
The real question is “How do these companies
standardize the exact procedure or control the quality
of results of each franchisee? “
- We have had no personal experience with
these patented mini-lift procedures, but we have
also found no scientific studies in the literature
supporting their claims of the safety, the effectiveness,
or the longevity of these particular techniques.
A secret patented surgical procedure prevents any
professional oversight. The ethical practice
of medicine requires such professional oversight.
- Local anesthesia can be effective, but
can also be very uncomfortable when obtaining anesthesia
with multiple injections. (See our Cosmetic
Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls - Anesthesia)
- It is our opinion that major surgery
should be done in an accredited surgical facility
to assure patient safety. An attractive, comfortable
setting is nice , but not necessarily safe (see our Cosmetic
Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls - Office
- When a surgeon has only one procedure
to offer, then that is the procedure he/she will
- Impressive before and after photos can
be very misleading -- only the best results are usually
shown and glamour shots often enhance results. (see
and resulting scars are as extensive as conventional
- In general, minimal surgery usually
produces minimal results. While it may be less expensive,
it may be no bargain.
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