There is no textbook are scientific articles which describes exactly what the Lifestyle Lift is and therefore it is very difficult to describe what this procedure entails.
Let me give you an analogy, it would be similar to asking why Brand name products don't taste the same as home made products. Why? Because you don't have the recipe.
We don't know the recipe for the Lifestyle lift and therefore it is hard to explain what is going on. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, there is no definite recipe. This seems to be different among different surgeons and centers.
However, it typically does describe a version of a short scar facelift or a "mini-lift". This typically requires surgery and some separation of the skin from the deep tissues with wound closure of varying lengths in front of the ear typically measuring 2 inches in length. We do not know what else is involved.
Contour Thread Lift is a technique that I used to perform that involves NO separation of the skin but uses small punctures to place the threads. Patients tended to complain about the visibility, palpability, or awareness of the permanent threads and the results did not seem to be long-lasting nor predictable.