Lifestyle Lift recovery - Swelling and pain normal?

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I had a Lifestyle Lift on July 12. Today, July 18. I am still experiencing swelling and pain especially on my right ear. The swelling is very hard and is causing me discomfort when sleeping. Is this normal? How long does it really take to recover from the life style lift procedure? Do you have any reviews or comments regarding this procedure?

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I had the lsl eleven days ago. I am 48 years old and I had a small amount of loose skin due to weight loss about ten years ago. The doctor also lipoed a small amount of fat directly under my chin. My neck and chin are great and my incisions are healing wonderfully. However I am hideous. I now have GIANT cheeks. As if I had huge implants. I look nothing like myself. I'm ugly. There is a prominent line on one cheek under my huge cheek and on the other side I have a very noticeable indentation in the same area. I don't want to leave the house and don't know what can be done to fix it. Please has anyone had this problem?
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Susiecat did you have laser along with your lift of any other procedures that may have added to your recovery period. I am considering the lift with upper eye lift but no laser. My doc is double board certified but I can find only one comment on him. Not really a complaint, just that the patient didn't think she received a tight enough neck lift. I am slender, almost 57, no double chin just a bit of a waddle under chin and semi lose neck skin; am hoping to get through this with minimal down time. Your input would be greatly appreciated or anyone else who has an opinion. Thank you.
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First I want to clarify I did not have a Lifestyle Lift. I had a classic lower facelift and neck lift. Also lower bleph, facial fat injections, breast lift with implants. I went to a triple board certified plastic surgeon. I took three weeks off work but could have returned after two. I had slight neck waddle like you but had the circular neck rings. My results were great. Very pleased. That being said the facelift recovery was very difficult and emotional. I didn't expect that. Two years later I still have slight numbness under chin. However nothing like the initial few months. I literally had zero feeling in my ears, across chin etc. It was frightening. I think they don't prepare you for that. They say you may experience some numbness. What they don't tell you is those areas are literally dead with no feeling for months!!!! However it does improve. I'd say two years later I'm thrilled with overall results and would do it all over again. Absolutely!!!!!
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By the way I'm 56. Turning 57 in November. Would love to keep in touch. Good luck.
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Hi again. Forgot to say I had a Fraxil included in my cosmetic surgery pkg. I also just bought a pkg of 6 Clear and Brilliant Lasers. They are great.
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I am considering the LSL to include the upper eye lift. I have decided not to have the laser treatment at this time although the doc did his best to convince me that if I was going to do it this would be the time since I would already be numbed up for the other procedure. My questions to you all that had laser at the same time as the lift is this: Was it worth the additional fee and how long do you estimate it ADDED to your recovery period. Just seems wrong to be burning any part of my face with a laser beam; even the nurse who assisted with the initial consult with the doc said that laser really made the face quite red and tender afterwards. I have scheduled surgery for Sept 3rd 2013. I am planning on traveling to see a friend on the 17th of Sept. 2013, just a couple of weeks later, and would really like some feedback from you folks. Thank you!
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Wow!! These stories are shocking. So sorry. Please please if anyone is considering a facelift go to a board certified PLASTIC SURGEON. I had surgery in Sept of 2011. Great results altho the recuperation was difficult at times. I have some slight numbness under my chin and jaw line but tolerable. I think a lot of people don't realize that a LS lift is a real surgical facelift. My surgeon was awesome. Scars hidden. Healed perfectly. I wish anyone considering a facelift the best. Do your homework.
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If you've had the Lifestyle Lift, please come start your review on RealSelf so others can learn from your experiences! You can go here to write up your story. (http://www.realself.com/review/create?topic_id=162) (Please note that because LSL is somewhat controversial, a photo is required to post your Lifestyle Lift review in the community).

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Dear Josie Gent and anyone else who reads this.... The friend who took me in on the morning of the "proceedure", and if they are not put out of business, they should be made to advertise exactly what happens and stop lieing on their website. My friend waited for me in the aftercare room that is waaaaay down the hall from where new people enter. She saw scars and people wrapped up with faces that looked like 3 lb. of raw hamberger meat, slits for eyes. One of the ladies was talking about having her ears cut front to back and the pain they were experiencing. She said she nearly came through the door to get me out of there, and I wish she would have. You don't even know there is a separate waiting room until you go in to get unwrapped and walk into the main entrance, only to see the shock on their faces. They rushed me out of there and said they were supposed to tell me to go to the after care waiting room down the hall. I felt so sorry for those women. I had stitches sticking in my right eye as well as the wrapp chocking me so badly,swolling was next to impossible. With that said, I threw up the first night in that condition and I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. I have read posts where they say that is common, and when I called the doctor he dismissed it and told me it was normal. I told him I had nearly choked I could barely swollow, and after drizzling the anti-nausea medicine down the back of my throat, I threw up a few minutes later possibilities of success when the entire process is so clandestine. Employees are even speaking out to the extent that they may aid in criminal charges being lodged. The resignation of the Top Doc in the Corp. The Doctors of LSL are suppose to be the Leading most cutting edge surgeons in the nation if you believe LSL website and the Oprah, Dr.'s, Abc, Cbs,Nbc, Montel....Since when is being gullible a felony, and cutting up and permently scarring and now in a case I know, death and near death experiences,not criminal,would you PLEASE?

Best Regards,
"2trusting
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I had the LSL about a month ago and my right ear continues to ooze where the incision was made...i had a hematoma as a result of poor drainage...but it is painful and the oozing continues...when I returned a few times they assured me that it would heal...and prescribed stronger antibiotics
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Is it getting better? Not to scare you, but go see any DR (internist) to make sure it heals & you get the proper meds before you get a serious infection!! Please LMK
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I am considering getting a Lifestyle lift in Jan 2010. I am in Albuquerque NM. I would like to hear from anyone who has had it done here.

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DON'T DO IT. It's awful and it simply is not worth the anxiety and discomfort for almost no results.
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I had the lifestyle lift January of 2008 and this is March 2009 and I still feel tightness. Sometimes very annoying. How do you get this to go away, it has been a year.
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DC, you need to see a specialist for that. I think a Neurologist would be the type of doctor that you would need to seek out for nerve damage. The damage may never go away. There might be certain kinds of exercises that you can do that will help the feeling. Best to you and I hope you find the help you need. Best, Chrystal.
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Hater - This is a pretty big horror story. The procedure isn't faulty, it seems to be the individual who did the procedure. It's been six weeks since the eye lift and LSL - still seeing some swelling and yellow under my eyes, and some numbness under my ears. Nothing painful. Makeup easily covers all scarring, which is not unsightly. Scars are flat and smooth. Still using Vit E oil and Arnica, along with anti-inflammatories to minimize swelling. Husband says I look pretty and all swelling isn't completely down yet. Life is good.
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Believe me, it is irrelevant to me whether it's the procedure or the individual performing it. I was used as a guinea pig, and after 2 yrs am still in pain, with a detached earlobe, etc. etc. etc. I only agreed to the procedure if my surgeon was board certified, and it was not until over a year later I found out he was NOT. So, they lied, they are nothing but medical used-car salespeople who treat people like less than lab rats. Think "cha-ching." You were lucky, evidently, to have a competent surgeon. Have you read some of the other stories? It is a serious problem--hardly isolated.Did you read my whole story? One of the doctors quit because she had ETHICS and could not stand the way business was done. THAT is the problem--they have NO ETHICS. Writing to tell me you had no problem, well I'm happy for you. But that seems to be the EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE.
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My experience with LL was totally traumatic. I was in mid-surgery, and wanted to yell, STOP--something just didn't seem right, but the surgeon had already started cutting. I did not find out until MONTHS AFTER surgery that I had a surgeon who was just LEARNING, and I had only consented to having a board-certified surgeon, so I was flat-out lied to. During my follow-up, which was negligent in my opinion, I had somebody sick working on open wounds when I came in with a problem!! They ignored the complaints I had about serious problems, and I was actually left with one ear lobe hanging. At first, I was asked, Do you want it attached, or just leave it like that? WHAT???? I said OF COURSE I wanted it fixed but I have been unable to get them to fix it and it has been over 2 years! Not only that, I have had continuous pain the whole time behind both ears, other problems they have refused to address, both right after surgery, and as time has gone on. I would love to find somebody who is filing a class-action lawsuit. They are definitely in need of some accountability. You can believe me, nobody they've used in their ads had a 1-hr procedure. I was in there for 6 HOURS! My recovery as far as bruising was about 2 MONTHS--not 2 days, like they say, and full recovery has never happened, as I am STILL having active problems. The pain was unreal, and I still have pain behind my ears. This only scratches the surface--I had a list of about 20 problems, none of which they were willing to do anything about, and the list didn't even include one of my worst problems, which a different doctor actually informed me of. To add insult to injury, their "special financing" ended up costing me an EXTRA $1,500 because they screwed it up. Wonder whose pockets that went into. At least other people are getting there intial fees back--in the Denver, CO clinic, I was told flat-out, no refund. They have no REAL compassion (but are good at pretending), no REAL personal attention, treat you like a piece of meat on assembly line,--including EXTREMELY high-pressure sales tactics--and horrible post-surgery care. One doctor I consulted with, after finally getting to meet with the clinic director about my problems, actually confided in me that she was quitting because of their assembly-line and high-pressure approach. She told ME before she had even given notice! They are absolutely disgusting! DON'T DON'T DON'T GO THERE--FIND SOME OTHER MORE REPUTABLE PLACE!!!!!! And if you've already gone, and had a bad experience, GET THE WORD OUT! I'm going to contact every consumer protection venue I can think of--BBB, the TV reporters that cover this kind of stuff, etc. I even want to find out the "picketing" laws and see if I can drive away some of their business, or go into the lounge and talk to everyone until they throw me out! My doctor mutilated me, had no interest in even the routine after-care that should be provided to EVERY patient, and was even worse about dealing with the problems I had. He just did NOT want to be bothered. After all, their money was already made, right? So anything other than the actual surgery is a "waste of time," i.e. not profitable. I went in because I wanted to increase my ability to find work because I deal constantly with age discrimination. How do we contact each other? We need a class-action lawsuit. THESE LYING, AVARICIOUS, GREEDY, INCOMPETENT BUTCHERS NEED TO BE STOPPED!!
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It took about 4 weeks for all the bruising to go away and at 5 weeks, I still have numbness and some swelling. I have really sensitive skin, however, so I expected it to "go long". My surgical tech told me that the surgery heals from the "top down" - give it some time and ELEVATE when you sleep and ICE at every opportunity! It really helps a lot. Good luck!
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oh yea, i got my $400 back pretty easy. they kept tiring to put me through to the sales girl. i heard it is easier if you do not see the doctor. so i cancelled the appointment with him and surgery date and got a check back in about 2 wks. they were very friendly about it.
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i am 44 and had lift style lift 2wks and 2 days ago. at 44years i just thought i looked saggy when i looked down. after reading all postings, like everyone, i got nervious and didn't want to hear "i told ya so" if i didn't like the results. i have had other "things" done and BASICALLY always liked the results and therefore i am more ready then most, to take the plunge. What i got from the blogs was to find the right doctor. liftstyle lift gives detailed bios on their doctors. Go with a doctor that has the most certification and has been with them a long time. i think this company is "super cuts" for plastic surgeons. (which is not a bad thing) they get lots of practice and many clients to FOR THIS SERVICE. (probable more practice then most doctors). all plastic surgeons do this style of service. Go to "life style lift" AND a "real doc" :O) and compare. let them know how/why you are there (to get a second opinion). the san mateo life style, california. center referred me to a doctor that i thought would be fine. however, i noticed another one of their doctors that had more certificates and i read two great reviews on him. i called to change to him and was told he would be leaving in two weeks. i found him online a booked a consult. he charged me the same as i was quoted. {edited} he also notice the looseness of skin on my neck and suggested a pinch of lipo (which he did at no extra charge) he said, "the neck will drape better after the procedure." the office was friendly, organized... the procedure was easy and comfortable. i seem to not feel any type of discomfort except late at night. It felt like i over flossed my teeth. my jaws ached a little.(VERY minor) i would take a pain killer only then mostly to help me sleep sitting up. the fourth day i looked good enough to go out. i would pull my hair forward and put a scarf around me. i was swollen and had a stitch on my chin. no one would have noticed if they didn't know me. I had him take a 3 day picture and a 1 wk picture. i told him that recovery was a big concern when i was deciding. i was happy and relieved with the recovery. in 1 week i was still swallow. no one SAID they noticed. however it is 2 weeks now and i finally feel like i look like myself. (better) hint: grow you hair out and lose weight. when you come back with a NEW HAIR CUT, people think the change is your hair :O) Editor note: If you would like to review your experience with a particular provider or clinic, please write your treatment review and enter the provider or clinic name in the field provided.
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Recovering from the Lifestyle Lift required very little time. In fact, most people who go through the procedure return to their regular plans in a week or less, and the results can be seen right away.
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Bits 1/21/09Are you kidding me, Doctor??? Have you read these posts? Have you actually seen the scars created by a LSL? I still have problems w/ things touching my ears( wearing a coat,sleeping on my side, wearing hi-necked shirts). I get shooting pains in my earlobes, face& a choking sensation in my throat. I've seen several Dr's for the protrus=ding stitches behind my ears & sewn earlobe. The Dr who did me did not even attempt to hide the incision. A straight down the face cut, sharp square left towards the back of my ear. I look mutilated. Don't even try to insult my intelligence by saying maybe I didn't do my follup-up care properly! If I had to ice at 1PM, it was ready at 12:55. I did everything by the book. Oh& BTW, I heal wonderfully. That straight incision he created is not big or ropey, healed nicely, it was just done wrong! You have to know being an MD, that there is good & bad in every profession. If they cut you where they said tyhey would, perhaps an easy recovery is possible. Not the case here or the girls I've met here. I know another LSL Dr that left the practice, who believed in the procedure, but hated the false ads and the way they operated. Please give us more credit, we are not wimps, disgruntled & expecting the fountain of youth. We did expect the improvement we saw, when your non-medical consultant did her' finger- pull ' to show what we can expect. I think it's amazing a non medical person decided I was a candiadate for Plastic/facial surgery.. I think it's amazing their claim to fame is all lies for most of us. Hmm, Dr Joseph Portland, I would love to see your area of expertise.
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"Doctor" Portland",
What say's "plant for LSL" than comments like this! What says "We Suck" more that having to "offer" free revisions, only to cause more scarring and damage. Get real. this is 2011 and we're not going to believe your lies anymore.And we're working hard to inform others that LSL does not hire only the highest qualified most cutting edge Doctors in the nation. In fact they have hired doctors who have lost their licenses in other states...That little tidbit from my own experience. We won't believe your lies, HA!!!!

Not Best Regards,
2trusting
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Dr. Portland & of course you are unregistered, who are you trying to kid? Those of us who fell for this slick line of advertising (except 3 years ago the line was "go back to normal procedures the next day") found out the hard way that this statement is not the NORM! In fact, my swelling lasted 8 months! Look at my eyes and LSL home office thought that it was a perfect job. Not only that, the service that I received was below par, way, way, way low. I cannot even think of a service industry that could operate like any LSL office and stay in business. At some point, either the practice will have to change or you'll finally run out of folks to do this "procedure" on. Like Bits, I suffered many of the same complaints as she and many of the other women who have fallen prey to this one lift fits all. Haha. Would you let the doctor who did my lift operate on you wife or your Mamma??? I would bet you money that you would not. Not under the same circumstances that we had to deal with. I would like to know why the truth in advertising and hypocritical oath is being over-looked by the LSL offices and doctors??? Best, Chrystal Eckes.
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