Lifestyle Lift Controversy on NBC

Beauty Cred on 13 Oct 2006 at 2:32pm

An NBC affiliate in San Diego recently ran a story called Women Upset With Results (along with disturbing video) that addressed dissatisfaction some women have with a popular facelift procedure called the Lifestyle Lift.

The story quotes a Philadelphia plastic surgeon named Lou Bucky saying:

the Lifestyle Lift is a procedure that was basically discarded in the 1970s because he says its gives only temporary results. Bucky thinks Lifestyle Lift might work fine for about 5 percent of patients.

This comment contrasts with the promise offered on the Lifestyle lift official website:

"remove up to 20 years in about 1 hour!" and..."The Lifestyle Liftwas developed so that men and women can look and feel younger without the trauma and downtime of extreme plastic surgery."

So where does the truth lie with the lifestyle lift?

At RealSelf we think it's up to consumers who've undergone the Lifestyle Lift and are willing to share their testimonials and satisfaction ratings. Already we're seeing dozens of Lifestyle lift reviews run from complete satisfaction to complete dissatisfaction.

If you've had a cosmetic treatment like the Lifestyle Lift, feel free to add your voice.

Alternatively, there are very active Lifestyle lift discussion boards here on RealSelf.com.

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OK! you have all talked me out of it. Sorry not everyone can read this info...but you did convince Me..Thank you!/Summer
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All plastic surgeons do mini lifts, J lifts, etc. and whatever name they call it, it is basically the same as the lifestyle lift. One big difference is that since doing the LSL, the surgeon doesn't get paid as much as the other doctors who do minilifts. I had a minilift from a board certified plastic surgeon and didn't look a bit different. Also, the surgeons who do LFS are sometimes not as good or as qualifed to do plastic surgery. I was totally botched by a board certified plastic surgeon, so the result of LSL just despends on the ability of the surgeon who does it.
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I had a life style lift a few years ago, waste of money. I complained and went under again and Dr. did something and was no better and no worse. stayed the same. I feel angry every time I see the commercial and pictures of women who were worse than i was and look good. I work with a bunch of women and no one not even family asked me if I had done anything. I looked the same. very poor research on my part. but they still are making money. Ladies research. Maybe it was the Dr. I choose. I have nothing good to say about the office in Little Falls
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don't know how or where you guys got this for 3 or 4 grand, they wanted 10 grand from me. that was for the lazer,eyes, and jawls. again thanks so much for the info because now were going to take a nice vacation instead.
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Yea I got Juvederm injections. Still plump after 4 years!
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WOW, so glad i found this page with all your storys. couple weeks ago i went in for a consult in minniapolis.they went throught the whole speel,sounds great. then came the Hurry,today only, buy now. that put red flags up. never seen a doctor. i asked to see some of his work. she fumbled around for awhile and said she didn't have the permission slips sighned,and showed me the ones that are on the comercials. i told her i would check into somethings and get back to her, i was excited and really thinking of doing it. thanks to you folks, that is not going to happen. myself and the people around me will just have to deal with my oldness.
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glad to be of help momma bear!! If you read the 'fine print' for those ad pics it's says, these patients ALSO had work done on eyes, etc. My lifestyle lift was HORRIBLE! After I looked like a dog had attacked me and the pain was the worst I've ever felt. I didn't leave the house for over a month due to bruising that went from my face clear to my breasts! And after? I barely noticed ANY difference!!! And even that lasted only a few months! I wouldn't recommend lifestyle lift to my worst enemy!!! Later I had Perlane injections and was THRILLED with the results! Lasted a LOT longer than they say (6mos.) over a year. Sure wish I'd spent my $4200 on them...with that amount I could have gotten injections for over 4 yrs!!!!
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Momma Bear, Good for you! I am so glad that you did you homework! I wish more people would see the red flags... but for many the excitement and thrill of something that sounds so wonderful & easy is just too good to pass up. Thanks for sharing your story! Best, Chrystal
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anybody here got any feedback on thier naturalyn procedure ?? this just involves moving fat from one area to another of your liking ie im looking to get it moved to my cheek area on my face ... the procedure doesnt involve any cutting on your face or anything like that ... please let me know of your experience if you got it done thanks!!
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anybody here got any feedback on thier naturalyn procedure ?? this just involves moving fat from one area to another of your liking ie im looking to get it moved to my cheek area on my face ... the procedure doesnt involve any cutting on your face or anything like that ... please let me know of your experience if you got it done thanks!!
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Strike while the iron is hot!
Count the money on the spot!
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jackzheng, you are on the wrong board!
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Many of them have declared a specialty is cosmetic surgery..... WHOEVER "trains" them "teaches" them how to do the old fashioned SMAS lift, and then they start practicing on LIVE PEOPLE, They are the most deceptive group in the country today. One dr. told two ladieds (as he worked on them FOR LSL ) told them that LSL uned inferior cheaper sutchers and he wanted them to come to his clinic so he could work on them there.. OH MY GOD! He mucked them up SOOOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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p,S. during the lsl surgery I had liposuction on my chin.There was a huge painful scar,That scar is completely gone.I can't even see where it was.So you see I do not keloid.My conclusion is that the right type of stitching was not done around my ears.I worked with a physician who did procedures for years and he knew how to do the proper stitching with the proper size sutures and right way to do the sutures without scarring.The physician's assistant told me they had a hard time with me because my chin was down to my chest .I guess that was difficult for suturing-do you think repositioning might have helped ?
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They also use counsious sedation and not put you to sleep...thats why it is cheaper.Please go to a REAL DR.
An older nurse!!!
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Amanda,
That's true. And when the founder was figuring all this out in the beginning, he knew that with using local anesthesia would keep them from having to be accredited, having jacho standards, and be forced to conform to all that entails. Hence the behind closed doors operations, no proper sterilization and covering of surgical instruments. and the list goes on and on.

They operate under no regulations. How safe does that make you feel?
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I tried to post my experience on LSL page and really got shot down. I have read all of these and totally agree. It is surgery, not a procedure. It hurts-bad. You look like ET after you get out of badages, you have scars, cannot wear hair behind ears, I had to go back several times because of long blood filled pockets that formed down my cheek. It does NOTHING for you lower neck, so forget it. It's been about 5 years, no results whatsoever. It's expensive, compared to a real surgery with a real Physician. Do not do it. Get a mini face lift or something instead by someone who is truly certified. I had mine done in St. Louis
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I went for a consultation for a lifestyle lift in Albuquerque.The consultant pulled my face back up to the ears to show me how the improvement would look.My b/p was elevated so I was scheduled to have my lsl in the hospital.During surgery my b/p rose,I had necrotic hyperthermia,airway stricture ,wheezing and a fever ,low sats due to the airway stricture.I spent the night in the hospital.I came home to a head wrapped to the size of an elephant.I did as instructed slept a month in a recliner with head wrapped and ice packs continually for that month,I cleaned my face exactly as instructed but noted that the crusted blood continued even with 3-4 times a day scrubbing.One day one side of my face was bleeding and swollen,I was very alarmed and went to the office to be told I had a blood clot and had it manually pushed out of my face.I noticed both my ears were now sewn to my face.When the sutures were removed it was a nightmare for the sutures that were stuck especially in front of my ear-without any type of local anesthesia they were yanked out of my ear.I was told at consultation that the sutures would be in front on my ear.I found that the sutures were in front and back of my ear.I had tingling and pain on my face for more then a year and nerve pain.When everything cleared I found myself with terrible scars and keloids.( no not every black person keloids as I was encouraged to believe.My keloids were so bad that I went as an outpaitient for perhaps a year and half for painful cortisone injections.These injections were very , very painful and without lidocaine to ease the pain,I tried to explain to the physicians that I had never had keloids or scars even after two abdominal surgeries.I kept going for those injections often leaving with blood and always with pain.I tried to keep a pleasant demeanor throughout the pain.At one point my face looked infected and I was asked to ask my pcp to write for an antibiotic not the surgeon.My scarring looked so bad that the scars were reopened and resewn.One side is barely noticeable.The other is completely the opposite.It is to the point now that people ask me what happened to my ears from the scarring,I still get pain especially in the back of my ears where the scarring is horrible.The lift did not last -the neck is the only part that looks just "suitable" not great.My treatments lasted for probably two years after the procedure and I'd still be going if it weren't for the fact they took away Saturday appts.This lifestyle lift is certainly one of the most painful periods of my life and you get what you pay for.I was not offered a laser treatment post lift as others were,I could hit myself for the time and cost of the procedure.What for most was a 4500 dollar procedure cost me with the hospitalization approx $8000-I was told by an assistant that during surgery my chin was on my chest and it was very difficult to do my surgery.Is that why I was in pain for over two years and left scarred,Don't get me wrong the staff was very nice and at least feined concern.My advise is to go to a regular plastic surgeon who does only that and have a proper procedure or nothing at all,This was a nightmare for me.
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I am horrible scarred following a lifestyle lift procedure. Very painful.
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Dear Sheronne Pickering,
Did you post a thumbs down review? If not you need to as do I. LSL has been emailing happy clients to post their results on RealSelf as thumbs up. The email they get has the link to this websites reviews to make it EASY for them to post. I doubt if they're giving the same info. to unhappy ones!!! They've done so to make it look like they're "winning". It's sickening! So we've got to let our voice be heard. I'm sooooo sorry you were scarred. Bless your heart ! Don't give up!
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No no i do not believe LSL is emailing "happy customers." How will they know they are happy? From all the posts I read, LSL wants nothing to do with a patient after the procedure. Anyway, LSL has been in trouble for "astroturfing," which is paying their workers to falsely post on these websites that they had surgery and it was so awesome! Then they fake click the thumbs up to artificially increase ratings for this butchering. This is pure evil to trick people into undergoing this damaging procedure.
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I just made an appointment for Monday to speak with someone about getting the procedure done to my neck. I think I'm going to give this a little more thought since reading all of your stories and comments. I have zero tolerance for pain and was told this was painless. Guess not from reading the above. Thank you for shedding a little more light on the real situation.
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They told you this was "painless"? That is an outright lie. This is SURGERY! It is a real surgery, and if they are downplaying reality now, it is best to run while you still have a chance.
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