I am a 44 yr. old single mother of 6. I had the LSL last February, and have had nothing but problems. I was also told I would be able to return to work after 2-3 days with little swelling and bruising.
When I went in to see them, I told them that I was only needing a little work done, and they proceeded to tell me what they would do. I took a week vacation from work, and for once did something totally for me. I don't even remember much of the first three days after the surgery. I went back to work two weeks later, still with swelling, and people asking me (people I didn't want to know) what had happened to me. I have since went on medical leave, and have not returned to work.
Before I went in I was doing modeling for several different photographers, and working on an acting career, plus working two jobs. I went back in three times in the first five months, trying to tell them that I continued to have swelling in front and back of my ears, and in my jawline. Every time I went in, they made a big deal of telling me how great I looked from the minute I walked in the door. And each time I tried to explain that it felt like something was fermenting behind my ears under the skin, they would poke and prod and say everything looked great. I told them, it may look great to them, but it felt like they were pushing pus pockets further under my skin.
Finally at 5 months, I went in and told them that after all the swelling had gone down on my face, there was no difference. The doctor told me that if we tried the botox andit might help the complaints that I was having. The same complaints that I had when I had come before all the surgery, and believe me, it is surgery. Like an idiot, I agreed. Now, one year, one Lifestyle Lift, two separate botox visits, one restylane visit, and two syringes of permalyne later, all at the suggestion of my Lifestyle Lift doctor, my face looks the same, if not worse, with the added beauty of pixie ear deformity (which I'm told is a sign of a bad facelift), scarring, chronic fatigue, and frequent pockets of pus behind my ears.
I returned to talk to the doctor last week, and was met with the same smiling "Oh, you look so great." and I sat for over two hours crying and trying to get them to listen and understand that although I am not a facial reconstructive doctor, I do know that my face is not pulled back, but my ears are now pulled forward and down (one farther than the other), and I actually look worse than before. My main problem with them is that I told them what my problem areas were, when I went in, and as a professional doctor, he should have told me that the Lifestyle Lift is not what I needed done, and gave me suggestions of what I should have had done.
If I go to my medical doctor and tell him I think I need my gall bladder removed, he doesn't just remove it, take my money, and then find out later that I just needed medicine for an ulcer. I don't even want to leave my house anymore, much less try to work on my modeling or acting. I tried some photo shoots after the surgery, and my photographer of 20 years told me that I looked older after the surgery than I had before. It definitely took a lot of photoshopping to make the pictures usable. I don't enjoy going to activities with my children, and have started putting on weight, something that I have never done in my life, even after six children.
I have went to see another plastic surgeon, and it's going to take at least 7,000 to 10,000 dollars just to fix the pixie ear deformity. If anyone knows of anyone who can help, please let me know.