Lifestyle Lift Overview

Lifestyle Lift was a branded version of a mini facelift treatment made popular by its promise of affordability and little downtime. This procedure, also the name of its cosmetic surgery centers, was founded in 2001 and suspended operations in 2015.

The Lifestyle Lift was heavily marketed with advertising on TV. It promised to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, and enhance the jawline, all in an easy "lunchtime lift" procedure performed under local anesthesia. 

Many patients who underwent the procedure were unhappy with results. 

"When a facelift is performed with minimal undermining, as with a Lifestyle Lift (LSL), the skin does not advance properly," said Dr. Brent Moelleken, a Beverly Hills, Calif., plastic surgeon, in this Lifestyle Lift vs. traditional face lift Q&A. "You haven't reached the tissues to pull on them. Instead, you are pulling on adjacent tissues, and the force to the target tissues, i.e. loose skin of the jowl area, is reduced. Surgically speaking, you're not there yet.

"Established facelift surgeons simply do not stop at this point, because the surgery is not done, and they know their patients would not be happy with the jowls still being there," Dr. Moelleken continued. "It is difficult enough with deep facelift techniques to achieve significant improvement, let alone if you only do half the surgery. I suspect that many LSL patients are unhappy because they expected full facelift results from a minimal procedure, and it did not happen."

Potential patients interested in any lift, be it a neck lift, mini lift (cheeks and jowls), or facelift, should always consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in these procedures about their best treatment option. 

*Treatment results may vary

Dr. Richard J. Bruneteau, an Omaha, Neb., plastic surgeon, discusses the Lifestyle Lift.


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