Clayton, Missouri Lifestyle Lift (St. Louis)

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Anyone have experiences with lifestyle lift in Clayton, Missouri (St. Louis) ? not enough info!

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I have read these comments and others on the Internet. I have the "free consultation" scheduled for tomorrow but I'm going to cancel. I have fibromyalgia and I can't handle pain whatsoever. On the phone they indicated that the procedure is easy peasy and that I'll be back to a new refreshed normal right away. The stories from patients from here in STL and all over the country have succeeded in freaking me out. Being very sick for a few years and having multiple surgeries have taken a toll on my looks....jowls, lines along my nose, etc. But my fella loves me the way I am. I think I would be better trying to do the same and spend the money on a wonderful vacation. Thanks for the comments here! They have helped me decide.
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Chicago, 1 of 2 is certified in plastic surgery. Atlanta, both doctors and the lady has a great bio....
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I will check out these as well. Thanks!
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Check out the Memphis center.... Both doctors are not only certified but (gasp!) in gacial plastic surgery!! Not St. Louis, not Nashville..... Didn't check Indy yet... No way no how would I let somebody in St .Louis touch my face.
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Thanks for the information. Good doctors are always worth the trip...and the $$.
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I have read all of your posts with great interest since I was scheduled to have it done, but have since changed my mind. If you read the material we are given in the beginning, it states that the other doctor practicing with Dr.Farias is board certified, but Dr. Farias himself is only board certified in a cardiac procedure. I looked up the website for MO board certified doctors, and Dr. Farias is not on the list. That could explain why you are not getting a response to your question about his credentials.According to my own personal physician,Dr. Farias does not have to be board certified if he is not using a hospital for the procedure. Since he is doing the surgery in his building, and you are not totally anesthesized, he is not breaking any laws. However, I would be more comfortable having the procedure done by a board certified physician on an outpatient basis in a hospital. I am encouraged by your positive results, not surprised by the pain and "down time" and also think we are mislead by the severity of the surgery. I haven't given up considering it; I just think I will keep looking elsewhere.
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DonnainKS
I was surprised with the information that we have learned through this forum and appreciate everyone's participation. I found realself.com while looking into the lifestyle life procedure on line. It might not be legally necessary to be board certified but I feel more comfortable with a surgeon that has gone through the years of training, testing, experience and certification for the expertise that I want. I do not know Dr. Farias. It was ColumbiaGal that had her face lift with him and was extremely pleased with her results. Hope you have wonderful results with whoever you choose.
MoG
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Hello donnainKS!

Thank you so much for your information and update!
Best wishes to you in your thoughts and search of information regarding the surgery.

I thought about it for a couple of years, then my quadruple chin got so bad that I just couldn't take it anymore LOL...I pretty much just jumped right in and did it before I changed my mind.

I am thankful that my surgery came out well and that I look great. I hope you have the same results!

Columbia Gal
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I thought for sure they were board certified surgeons. Caros Farias was who did my surgery. I have to admit if I had read these comments I might have backed out too. But, I really am happy with my results. You need to be prepared that this is a very invasive surgery. There's a lot more to it than they let on. There are a lot of stitches, and a lot of down time. But...again, for me, I look wonderful.

I am a university professor. I almost did this over Christmas break (4 weeks) since they promised I would be ok for working in two weeks. Thank heavens I waited for Summer break. I would have never wanted to face my classes the way I looked. It took a while to heal. Any time I emailed Dr. Farias he emailed back to reassure me. It was scary, both the procedure and the long recovery time...mainly because I don't think they prepare you for that. I think if they told everyone up front the "real story" it would run off many customers.
I again have to say, I speak for a living and my looks are very important to me. I'm glad I did it...but it certainly is not "a cake walk". :-)

Columbia Gal
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Hello,

I would be interested to see if you find anything with the Attorney General's office.

I didn't realize they are not board cerified plastic surgeons? I thought I had checked that out, but this was two years ago for me. I do know that LifeStyle Lift was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey so I felt comfortable with using them.

I am also very, very happy with my look. I look great!! My only complaint was the healing time. It took a lot longer than the doctor told me it would.

Columbia Gal
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Hi Columbia Gal,
I am so glad to hear you have wonderful results. I read on this web site that they were not board certified plastic surgeons and that scared me. What doctor did you have and what did you think of him/her for pre and post op and recovery? I ask because I was also very interested in having this procedure done but after reading these reviews, I got "cold feet"! I have not contacted the Attorney General's office as yet
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Hello,

I have an interesting update to share. Right after our prior posts I emailed Dr. Farias directly to ask him if he is a board certified plastic surgeon. I have his personal email. He used to email me a lot during my healing time, and I can tell that he is online almost all the time. I gave him three days to respond, when again, I can clearly see that he is online. Guess what...he will not answer me back.

So, while I cannot say whether he is board certified or not, I do know that he will not answer my email addressing that question. To me, this is, curious behavior. And, quite the shame, I was going to go back to him for my eye lids....
Columbia Gal
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I am so happy that your previous results were excellent. We all hope and pray for that when we make our final decision. That is odd considering the relationship that has developed between you. I actually was hopeful based on your previous email that I might have been too cautious. If you do hear from him, I would love to know his response. I was wondering, how long did it take before your bruising and swelling were gone? I know you said it was longer than expected.
MoG
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Hello,

The bruising is not the only thing that you have to worry about to "look" presentable for work and public. It's the swelling. Your face does look like a pumpkin for quite some time. I do think it depends on what all you have done. I had a full lower face lift. They cut completely around my ears, and underneath my chin, cut the muscles in my face and under my neck to sew them up tighter, then lipo suctioned my neck. That is a lot to have done to your face/neck at one. And I do think some people heal quicker than others. I can only attest to my experience.

My heavy bruising took 3 to 4 weeks (but I could cover that with makeup), the swelling got better but it took 3 months later in August, for the first time I could wear a motorcycle helmet for 30 minutes, and then had to take it off.

I am not at all trying to scare anyone off by my posts. But, let's face it...it is a very serious surgery, and to me these healing and swelling times should be expected...but, it is NOT what they told me, so I was concerned and shocked.

I am very, very happy with my results...I look soooo much better. I am disappointed that Dr. Farias has not emailed back and it does affect my opinion of the Clayton office and him. However, the bottom line is this is a serious surgery that takes a long time to heal...but, I'm still glad I did it.

Columbia Gal
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I only have asked for information this evening. Now I wonder about this surgery at all. I expect some pain. It is surgery of course. I didn't know the doctor in St. Louis was not a board certified plastic surgeon. I also did not know that there were so many unhappy patients that did not have a good resolve. I am going to check with our Attorney General's office in Missouri about patient problems with this doctor and this location. Thank you.
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Money back? Why would they give me money back? They did the surgery, I look wonderful. It just took a lot longer to heal than I expected.
It's totally worth it, but not a cake walk at all!!
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I also went to Clayton MO, paid a Surgery Date fee of 750.00, but have not talked to Dr. Farias yet. I plan on a full face lift. After reading your comments, I am having serious doubts about getting any facial work done there. I had planned on staying in the area for a week to be available for followup and stitch removal, but many of you have very long healing times, so the encouragement that we can "go back to work" in a week is not accurate at all. Did you have a problem with getting your money back? Thanks.
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I had a full face lift done with Life Style lift in Clayton, MO. with Dr. Farias...I will admit that I wish he had spent more time explainging just how extensive this surgery is....I'm not sure how they get away with saying it is noninvasive...because it is very, very invasive. My meds did not knock me out either, but I did not feel "much".
My only complaint is that the healing time was way, way longer than Dr. Farias told me...but to be honest with you I am very happy with the results, and I look at least 10 years younger if not more. If I had read these comments I would not have gone...but, as invasive as it was, as long of a time it took me to heal....I look great!!!!!
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I made a call after seeing LSL commercial--we were just curious. When they got on the phone it was a salesman bonanza. HEAVY production sales, recordings on our phone telling us 'we are reserving time at our office just for you' ...
....and you could hardly cut the high pressure tactics with a knife. The information envelopes (one for me and one for my wife) are absurdities..more high pressure stuff without mention of price. Whenever even some of this happens, GET OUT. Watch out for these folks in Clayton, folks.
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It is too bad you did not follow through
It's your loss.
I had wonderful care and I look great 12 weeks out.
Would do it again!
Bev
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Who is your comment directed toward?

Linda
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Who was your dr that was late???? I am thinking about having the fat under my eyes removed. Do you recomend this company???
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I had the lsl procedure done over a year ago and the doctor in Clayton was an arrogant jerk! He was over an hour late for my first face to face meeting with him and I let him have it. During the surgery, The meds they gave me didn't work so I was awake and not at all pain free while he cut my face opened! It took me over a year to regain all of the feeling in my face and I try very hard to forget the whole horrible experience. I simply believe that they are only in this for the money and are extremely misleading in the information they give prospective patients. I'm not going to say that there isn't anyone who would benefit from these types of procedures, but I wouldn't recommend this outfit in Clayton to anyone who really mattered to me!
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Today, I canceled and asked for a refund. The reason is ....research and gut feeling. The office appears very disorganized, dirty, and the staff appears overwhelmed. Most of the staff had on dirty wrinkled clothes and made me feel like a part of an assembly line. The doctor kept saying " does that make sense?". What am I ???? I doubt if there is licenced nurse on the premises. So, my face is so very important to me ! I don't want to be very sorry. I haven't heard anyting good about the place. Everyone tells me the cell phone thing is such a scam...he does not answer his cell phone. If you start to bleed or get an infection...good luck.
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We can't be talking about the same place. The cell phone number I was given was the Doctors, and was answered each and every time I called. My results have been wonderful so far and my doctor and his staff were great.
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