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Seattle lifestyle lift discussion

  • 7 years ago

Discussion for those in Seattle, Tacoma, or Bellevue considering a Lifestyle lift. Feel free to share your Seattle lifestyle lift experiences , consultation information, and LSL interests.

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I have been reading comments from a few years ago and now not sure how I feel about the lsl - anyone had it recently or can anyone give me a name if a good plastic surgeon in Spokane WA?
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I'v been for a consultation at Dr. Santos, put down my money and then had to cancel due to personal reasons. I think I have realistic expectations. They didn't appear to sugarcoat that for me. They were wonderful and understanding. They even let me keep my deposit with them and said they would keep my price locked in until i'm ready. It's been two years, I am finally getting around to it. I will be going for an updated consultation soon and will see if they really do allow me to keep my price locked in. So, can anyone share their experiences from Dr. Santos lately? I'm concerned about how long this numbness around ears lasts?

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I am only 2 and 1/2 out of my procedure with Dr. Santos, and I am very pleased already. I am a physician myself and I did my homework before I came, so I knew Dr. Santos was an excellent surgeon. Dr. Santos was very realistic about what I could expect. The staff has been excellent. I had laser resurfacing to my whole face, and the mini-face lift to my lower face and neck. I don't recall any pain at all. I was sore and stiff for about 5 days afterwards, and very puffy for at least a week. I am out and about now and look normal to most people, though my husband sees that I still have some swelling. I have inherited a tendency towards that horrible turkey neck, and I am pleased that my neck now looks very smooth. The scars are barely visible now and I do expect that they will fade with time. There are fine scars in the line of my ears, above, and behind my ears. The scars above the ears are hidden in my hair. The staff was apologetic about having to shave a bit of my hairline, but I don't mind that at all, it will grow back. I was careful to wash and apply ointment twice a day to the sutured area. There is also a small scar under my chin, but only my husband notices it. Again, I expect it to fade in time. I do have some numbness from my ear to the angle of my jaw, which feels very strange, but it is only 2 and 1/2 weeks out. I expect that numbness will last a while but it is not something that concerns me. I am in my late 50's, very active, a marathon runner, spent my youth at the beach and although I was fit, my face was showing my years. So I am looking forward to seeing how I look in a few weeks, and I know to expect the laser resurfacing to take months to show its benefit. I will add that, to me, bedside manner is far less important to me than a surgeon's skill - as a doctor I will refer patients to a surgeon based primarily on their skill, even if the personality is difficult. But Dr. Santos was not only very nice to me (even before he even knew I was a doctor), but he was able to deal with my husband, who was having a rather difficult time accepting the idea of my having surgery!
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I am scheduled to have the LL in 3 days on the 19th of November with Dr. Young. After reading these posts I am ready to cancel and lose my deposit. I would like to hear from anyone who has had the LL done by Dr. Young. Thanks! Donna
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I didn't have it done by Dr. Y but another Dr in Seattle office. I did see a woman who had it done by Dr. Y. She did have visible scars on the outside of her face by her ears, while my scares are inside my ears. I am seven months out and would not do it again. It was a waste of money. Sure I looked great until the swelling went down and now I look the same only I have scares and numbness on the sides of my face and still can't lay on my side. Save your money and have a real face lift.
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I had the procedure done in December 2007. Like most of the other people posting here, I was never informed of the degree or length of time of the swelling and bruising. I also experienced significant pain but I assume that was just me, and not the case for everyone. The commercials are VERY misleading --- I haven't read any post saying that you walk out of there looking great. By the 8th day after the procedure I was feeling well enough to go to work but still swollen and bruised. Now, 8 months after the procedure, I still have numbness in my cheeks (in the area next to my ears). I don't know that I will ever have full feeling return to those areas. I'm happier with my appearance now (tight jaw line, decreased nasal-labial folds), but would I do it again? Definitely not.
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I am scheduled for a procedure in late June. My daughter is getting married on July 19th. I am only 41 (turning 42 in July) but I lost about 56 lbs from a weight loss surgery and my once full face is very droopy. I was overweight for 15 years. It has been over 2 yrs since my WL surgery. I wanted to get the surgery done before the wedding. It is scheduled for June 21st. Do you think I will be healed enough? I am a teacher so have the summer off.
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I personally think you should wait to have it done. If you even have some complication, no matter what, you will not be up & around. It's been 6 wks. since my lower lift & chin lypo. I look good, but 2 wks. ago I was still swollen and my stitches behind my ears were still "crusty" and sore. You can't miss your daughter's wedding!!!
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I haven't heard anything regarding reasons for cancelling this. But I am going to cancel today, if I don't get any reassurance from satisfied clients.
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My friend and I are scheduled to have the LL done in Seattle June 25th.2008 She alerted me to this web site and (she) is now somewhat hesitant. Anyone out there like to comment one way or the other?? I'm not daunted necessairly, however I like to be informed. Thanks, CaroleT
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I'm considering the same. I scheduled for June 26.
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I am getting scared after reading horror stories about the procedure not lasting very long. Is there anyone out there who has had a lifestyle lift years ago? If so how happy are you with your results?

I am 56 years old and have sagging skin , turkey neck and jowels.

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i had it done 2 years ago. i look better then b4 but left loose wrinkly skin under my chin. i am not sorry i did it, but if i had to do it again i would go to a plastic surgeon spend a little more money and get a face lift.i think it lasts. i mean the pull the skin up and cut it off so it will take the normal amount of time to sag again.
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I am scheduled to have surgery in May with Dr Santos........ has anyone had any experience with him yet? Any comments?????? Some of these comments have me pretty nervous.... I'd like to switch to Dr Sylvia or Dr Young.... seems no-one is talking about Dr Santos. Thanks. Editor note: you must join RealSelf so you can be contacted privately with doctor recommendations and feedback. This requires free registration for an account. When registering you must opt-in to receiving private contacts (a check box).
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I am sceduled to have a lifestyle lift April 26 with Dr. Young. After reading all the negative feedback I am having second thoughts. My biggest concern is that it wont last and I will go through all that pain and money for nothing. Email me at {edited} so we can chat a bit about proceedure.

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Hi I am scheduled to have lipo and face lift with Dr. Young on June 6th. Did you go thru with it?? I would like to know anything you can tell me about it . I am getting worried and thinking of backing out too. Thanks
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Hi, I had my LL on May 25th. Yes it was a hard recovery but I found the doctor and the tech really sensitive gentle and kind. I went in early the day after and Dr. {edited} removed some fluid. It was over Memorial Day weekend so he had me come back in on the following Tuesday and took out more fluid. Veru concerned very on top of it. I had my stitched ut on the next thurady. Still some swelling and bruising ut I am headed off on a busniness trip the Sunday following...ten days later. I feel pretty good. Tight for sure. My ears look funky but all in all I am glad I did it
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It's been nearly a year since you posted this. Did you get it done? If so, how do you feel about it now?
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I too haven't heard much about Dr. Santos. I'm scheduled in the next month to have the LSL done. I'm told that he does really great going inside the ear to minimize scaring. Did you have the LSL done and if so how are your results around the ears?
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Did you go through with Dr. Santos? Did you like your results?
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LSL success obviously depends on the doctor performing the procedure. The problem is that most doctors working at LSL are relatively young and inexperienced and there are typically not busy enough in their own private offices so they work for LSL for a discounted fee. You get what you pay for and if a discount face lift is what you are after, then LSL could be the right thing. I have heard a number of horror stories from people who have had the procedure: People screaming from pain of injection to the point that adjacent offices were alarmed and came into LSL to make sure everything was OK! The procedure (just the face lift) lasting 5.5 hours (advertised as lasting 1 hour!) and the numbing medication wearing off several times and needing to be injected several times. People having to take lots of Valium to tolerate the pain, then being allowed to drive home! Having to spend 3 times the cost of the LSL to fix the scars, and problems created by LSL.
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I was scheduled for the LSL with Dr. {edited} in Seattle in Jan but I got the flu and had to cancel. I was disturbed when I told them at the Seattle center that I had contracted a virus and was coughing a lot (little did I know how much worse I was going to get!) They were unconcerned and ready to proceed with the lift saying only if I were running a fever would they want to postpone the lift. I related my concerns personally to Dr. {edited} about this as well and he confirmed that if I wasn't running a fever it would be OK. Luckily (it must have been serendipity) I got so much sicker by the day of my scheduled surgery that I was forced to cancel. I shudder to think if I had gone in for the proceedure what would have happened to me. I worried that there might be an ethics problem with a surgeon willing to do a proceedure like this when the patient told him they were sick with a virus or the flu. Now after reading all the posts by other LSL patients I intend to do a lot more research before I have this surgery done. I'm sure my 10% deposit is forfeit but that is better than suffering a bad result or no ultimate result as so many have reported.
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We are healing pretty slow, according to what we were told. We still have stitches that they told us would be gone in a week. The staff was very good with us, but once you are done , you are done. No one has even called to see how we are doing. We still feel there was some information that is misleading, but overall we are satisfied with our results. It really does take a lot more time than they tell you.
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banksr, We are all wondering how you are doing. How about the pain. Are you able to give the price for just a LL without the lipo? Would you say 1 week of pain or what? Do they leave some kind of sutures in your body forever? A friend of mine had a mini lift like LL and she was amazed at no pain. She looks so much better. She had a eye job too. This was in Oregon not Seattle and was not the LL procedure. By the way does anyone know of a hair transplant Dr. with a good price? Gets expensive to look good. But oh well plan on living a long time and feel great. I have gone to natural Dr.s for 25 years and keep getting healthier while my friends are all on drugs or getting surgeries for this and that. Just need to have the face look as good as I am inside.
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I'd avoid the LSL route and go to one of the top plastic surgeons in Seattle for facial surgery. Take a look at Dr. Nacify or Dr. Portuese rather than some heavily marketed service like the lifestyle lift. Either of these docs can give you the equivalent or better of the lifestyle lift.
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