Lifestyle Lift: It's just a marketing entity. Lifestyle Lift can be equated to an "Ask Gary" in legal terms, or an "1-800-Dentist."
Lifestyle Lift is hard for a patient/ consumer to avoid, because they come into a market and spend upwards of $100,000 a month on advertising. Their marketing is compelling, offering a "breakthrough" 1-hour procedure, showing dramatic results. The results they show are quite good, but most (on the website) are from procedures that appear to have taken much longer than 1 hour. No mention is made of who the individual surgeon is (a huge consideration). Thus, it is a prototypical "bait and switch" tactic.
Here are a few facts about Lifestyle Lift.
Fact: There is nothing revolutionary about the procedure performed in Lifestyle Lift facilities.
Fact: A Lifestyle Lift often takes substantially longer than an hour.
Fact: You will not be given IV sedation, and will therefore be awake. If you are given oral sedation, it is unlikely that you will be monitored. There is a specific complaint in Florida about this occurring; this may be the case in other states.
Fact: Your "Lifestyle Lift" surgeon may or may not have hospital privileges. If he or she doesn't and you have a problem, you will be seen in an Emergency Room by a Surgeon who has never seen you before. This has happened in the State of Florida and may have happened in other states.
Fact: The procedure appears to have a disproportionately high percentage of dissatisfied patients on this website and amongst patients I have seen. A simple comparison of the figures on this website should enlighten any prospective patient.
Fact: Satisfaction for a patient is often a derivative of what is implied or promised prior to a procedure vis-a-vis marketing and the preoperative counselling. It is possible for a patient to have a technically perfect procedure and be dissatisfied. It is my impression that the marketing of Lifestyle Lift often overextends the capabilities of what can be offered.
Fact: As Dr. Rand points out, not all surgeons are equal. You should, as common wisdom would suggest, seek references and opinions about the individual Surgeon you are seeing.
Fact: Lifestyle Lift presents facelift as a commodity. The fact is that more research needs to be done by patients than purchasing a set of tires. There is not necessarily equivalency between Lifestyle Lift facilities or Lifestyle Lift surgeons.