The lifestyle lift generally refers to a lower third facelift and neck lift using a smas plication or imbrication technique to anchor the muscle under the skin. Much of the lifestyle lift marketing vastly underplays the operative and recovery experience. It is not a procedure that can be done during lunch hour. In fact it usually takes at least two hours and often more to perform an effective, lasting facelift.
I advise my patients to take between 7-10 days off of work depending on what type of work they do. The majority of the visible swelling and bruising will resolve in the first two weeks but it can take two months or more, depending on the patient, for the deep swelling that creates a firmness in the cheeks and under the chin to resolve. It is very important to have a detailed understanding of your recovery process and be prepared.