What's Better for Facelift: Lifestyle Lift or Liposuction?

Which method provides longer lasting results, Lifestyle lift or iiposuction?

Doctor Answers 13

Lifestyle lift vs. lipo

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These are done for different things. Liposuction is done to remove fat and any type of lift is used to remove excess skin. Watch my video.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Facelift or liposuction

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A facelift and liposuction each accomplish two different things.

Liposuction is simply a permanent removal of fat in the submental area and in the neck. It is not           performed on the face because facial fat is a youthful trait.

A facelift involves smoothing fat in the neck, tightening the neck muscles both in front and behind the jawline, tightening excess skin, and removing fat above and below the platysma muscle. A lower face and neck lift is a comprehensive facial rejuvenation and is not a mini lift.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Lifestyle lift vs extensive facelift, both can work

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A Liftestyle lift is a term used by a national facelift company franchise to denote a brand of a mini-lift. A facelift will entail many different techniques to different surgeons. Although there are no "hard and fast" rules and even less randomized, double blinded trials proving whether or not a mini-lift lasts as long as a more extensive facelift, there are a few things that most physicians will agree on and they are; (i) that the skin must be elevated off the underlying structures and repositioned after excision with little or no tension (ii) when there is droopiness of the deeper structures some type of tightening procedure will benefit the aesthetic outcome.

Your particular question, which last longer liposuction or lifestyle lift are really not comparable procedures. Generally, liposuction is of value in fat reduction below the mandible and may or may not be part of the neck procedure in a mini-facelift or standard facelift. Liposuction has only a limited role in treating fat above the jawline, as skin laxity, excision, volume maintenance and deep support are often the concern. Please seek the advice of an experience facial rejuvenation certified plastic surgeon, or two, to discuss your options and the risks and benefits. Of course, never purpose a course of action based upon online information without seeking a formal consultation with a specialist.

R. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

Lifestyle Lift vs Liposuction

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Liposuction is used in facial rejuvenation to treat facial aging only in conjunction with a facelift.  Without removal of the lax skin, volume reduction will make the patient look worse. The Lifestyle Lift has been criticized as a limited procedure that will not provide long term results. See an experienced surgeon who can discuss alternatives and establish reasonable expectations.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Lifestyle Lift or liposuction

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Did this question open a bag of interest! As you can read the expert posters in all feel seeing a true face lift expert is the way to proceed. Remember it is your face - the $'s should not be the issue! The result should!

From MIami Dr. B

Liposuction vs. "lifestyle Lift"--which is better.

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I agree with Dr. Rand's answer. See an experienced facelift surgeon and he will tell you what you need based on his experience and talent.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

The better facelift for you

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The better facelift for you is one that is specifically tailored to your particular needs. If the same facelift procedure is used for all, sometimes it will work well, and sometimes it will not. Facelift is a catch-all term which can describe many techniques, or combinations, to address facial aging. Your problems may include a jowl and marionette line, a fatty neck, one that is loose, or a neck that is a lessor problem with focus on the mid facial area. A single procedure on TV may be too good to be true; though advertising can be very persuasive it is best to explore facial rejuvenation with an experienced surgeon in you community. Finally, removal of facial fat from the cheek is aging and often a bad idea. Most efforts today emphasize preservation of fatty tissues which thin with aging, and fat replacement when needed.
Best of luck,

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Lifestyle Lift and Liposuction in facial rejuvenation

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The Lifestyle Lift (and the MACS Lift, QuickLift, etc.) are designed to lift the jowl and neck the same as traditional facelifts when used by Plastic Surgeons who understand the principles of facial rejuvenation. I personally use the MACS Lift with modifications for each person depending on their needs. The nice thing about these procedures, when used properly, is that they preserve the fat in the face and restore it to its normal position.

The only place liposuction has in facial rejuvenation is to reduce the excess fat in the central neck, the one place where there is truly an excess. If this is the only problem, without excess skin, then Liposuction can be used alone. Usually, however, it is used for this sub-mental (below the chin) fat in conjunction with one of the above procedures.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Most faces have lost fat so suction is limited and does not lift.

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Unless a patient has gained a great deal of weight as they have grown older, the face usually needs all the fat that is there, although it may benefit from repositioning.

My personal opinion from the patients I have seen is that the named lifts usually have little style and less life because beautiful facial rejuvenation is not standardized but rather customized.

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Facelifts need to be customized to the patient

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Facial rejuvenation, perhaps more than any other procedure in cosmetic surgery, has to be customized to the patient's condition and goals. That is one reason why brand-name "cookie cutter" procedures have such low ratings on Real Self; they are based more on a marketing concept than a detailed and personalized analysis. Liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin enough to substitute for a facelift, even with the laser.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

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