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One Hour Facelift

Updated on February 6, 2008

Recently, you may have heard a lot about “no downtime” facelift procedures. As one of the few surgeons who has been committed to developing the least invasive cosmetic surgery methods for over a decade and who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, I would like to help separate the fact from fiction.

First of all, I have been asked, “Can a cosmetic procedure offer the results of a facelift without the downtime, side effects or cost traditionally associated with cosmetic surgery?” My answer: Absolutely!

What is a One-Hour Facelift and Necklift Procedure? "Since 1996, I have been working to combine the latest advances in non-surgical technology with the safest, most effective minimally invasive techniques. The goal of the One-Hour Face and Necklift procedure is to achieve the results of a full face and necklift in about an hour while enabling many patients to return to work the day after the procedure.”

How does this compare to other facelift procedures? “Some surgeons (who are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery) are promoting “Lifestyle®”or “QuickLift™” facelift procedures which require incisions and stitches around the ear -- significant downtime can be associated with these procedures. Using specially designed tools and techniques, the One-Hour Facelift completely avoids the incisions and downtime associated with these and other traditional facelift procedures.”

Who performs the One-Hour Facelift? “Patients should always consider having their facelift performed by a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. and who routinely performs many different types of facial rejuvenation procedures. The last thing you want to do is go to a surgeon who performs only one procedure, because you may not be the best candidate for the procedure they offer.”

Who are the typical patients? "I have performed the One-Hour Facelift & Necklift on men and women ranging from 35 years old to 70 years old. Because the procedure is affordable and has very little downtime, it appeals to many individuals. Typical patients include homemakers, school teachers, doctors, attorneys and public figures."

How long does the procedure last? "Our experience with hundreds of patients over the past decade has demonstrated that patients can enjoy good results for 5-10 years."

How is the One-Hour Facelift & Necklift procedure different than a regular facelift? "Because patients experience little to no discomfort, there is no need for a general anesthetic. This greatly reduces both the risks and costs associated with the procedure. In fact, most patients are able to engage in normal activities such as driving immediately afterward. Typically, there is very little swelling or bruising, so some patients have even returned to work or social activities the same day."

How much does the procedure cost? "Although costs vary throughout the country, patients can expect to spend less than $4,000 for a One-Hour Facelift & Necklift procedure. That includes all surgical, facility and materials fees. Also, many plastic surgery offices now offer financing for patients who would like to pay on a monthly basis."

Take a look at some of the before and after photos documenting the results of this procedure. Most of the patients look years younger and every patient looks completely natural -- none of them have a "pulled-back" or "wind-swept" appearance. To find out if you are a candidate for this remarkable procedure, ask your favorite board certified plastic surgeon if they are experienced in the One-Hour Facelift technique.

Adam Summers, M.D.

Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

"Lifestyle Lift" is a registered trademark of Lifestyle Lift Holdings. "Quicklift" is a trademark of the Quicklift company. Dr. Summers is not affiliated with either of these companies.


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      Dermgunner 7 years ago

      Currently our office is running specials on facelifts at half price! We understand that times are hard in the economy and we wanted to provide our patients with the satisfaction of a mini-face lift done by a board certified dermatologist who specializes in the procedure. Please visit our website at:

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      Dr. Summers 7 years ago

      I was interviewed by MD TV regarding the One Hour Facelift procedure. The video is posted at the following link:

      And patients just love our new variation on this procedure (the SMART Facelift) - with reliable and predictable lifting of the soft tissues, no visible scar, and minimal downtime.

      Adam Summers, M.D.

      Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.

      Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

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      Dr. Summers 8 years ago

      Since the inception of the one hour facelift procedure, I have made a number of modifications. The sutures used for the procedure are stronger and they hold the tissue better. The manner in which the sutures are placed has been significantly improved, providing the ability to differentially lift the various layers of the tissue. The procedure now has the capability to lift the Skin, Muscle, and Adipose (fat) in a reliable fashion -- we are seeing good results lasting over five years! For more information, see

      More recently, I have introduced a variation on the procedure that will provide even greater cheek elevation with very long term results...more information about this will be available after some longer term clinical studies have been completed.


      Adam Summers, M.D.

      Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.

      Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

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      Plum 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. When you are trying to choose what type of facelift to have, a mini facelift or a regular facelift, you should research both procedures, and consider the advantages and disadvantage. Make sure you decide what kind of results you are looking for and how much time, money and risk you are willing to invest. You can read about both procedures and compare here:

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      jessica parry okeden 9 years ago

      i recently completed the sixty minute facelift after doing much research into this. its not thermage and yes there has been a lot of negative publicity about thermage. it's actually based on a number of syneron protocols including refirme and matrix ir. i had moderate saggy skin and it helped quite a bit.

      i would never have a facelift. a bit scared by anything surgical.

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      Dr. Adam Summers 9 years ago

      Non-surgical treatments such as Thermage are useful in improving the quality of the skin. Specifically, Thermage can cause minor contraction (tightening) of the skin and is very helpful at stimulating new collagen production. It can even reduce some fat. However, I have not found Thermage to be useful at truly "lifting" the skin.

      In contrast, the One Hour Facelift is a true surgical procedure -- it's just minimally invasive. Through only a one-inch incision, the entire cheek, jowl and upper neck can be lifted. This procedure results in restoration of more cheek volume, a reduction in the nasolabial folds, and lifting of the jowls and upper neck skin.

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      Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

      I've seen a lot of publicity recently in Australia for a "Sixty Minute Facelift" which is not actually a facelift - it's Thermage, which uses radio frequency to improve skin textue and firmness. I've read a lot of bad press about it and have been thoroughly frightened off.

      I take it your "One Hour Lift" is a real lifting procedure of some kind? That may be my next stop, if Rejuvalight stops giving me results (which I'm sure it will at some point!)