After studying and speaking to many iconic plastic surgeons, I would not have a lifestyle lift, period! To me, it's like considering a band-aid for a major procedure. For the last six months I have been in the office of a well known plastic surgeon and I have witnessed the major problems with the quick fix or microwave approaches. My surgeon has had to repair and end up doing a full face lift on most patients who elected the lifestyle lift with other surgeons.
This is my experience for what it is worth: Ask questions and speak to patients of the doctor you are interviewing. Check the doctor out! No doctor and I mean none should ever bandage a patient after a face lift, brow lift or lifestyle lift! This is critical. Ask your doctor if he or she bandages after surgery. If they say yes, leave and interview another doctor. I had a facelift and brow lift combo. Had my doctor bandaged me after the procedures, I would have bled to death for I had an artery to burst 30 minutes after my surgery. Thank God my surgeon stayed around after my surgery and did not use bandages, which would have hidden my bleeder! I am a firm believer-"If you are considering something major as plastic surgery, do it right the first time!" No quick fixes here! When interviewing the doctor's patients, focus in on the stitch sites! If there are visible scars after 8 months, most likely the doctor did not take the time to do the best job! Ask how many hours the procedure will last. A good face lift and brow lift combo will take about 7 and 1/2 hours if the doctor is doing it correctly! Remember you are not his patient just to make him money; you have elected to do this for results which should last for awhile! The old facelift just pulled the upper layer of skin, which I call the wind tunnel look. Today attention is placed on the underlying tissue, as well. I do not like the endoscopic approach. I want a surgeon to be very gentle with my tissue. With my face lift and brow lift, I had very little bruising. I did experience swelling which is normal. Most importantly I have learned not to look in the mirror every day. Give yourself time to heal! Good luck and remember, there are only a few Great Plastic Surgeons!
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