1-Step Facelift vs Full Facelift

i was considering the lifestyle lift, but read too many negative answers. dr. simoni has a 1-step alternative also. should i ignore these 1-step procedures and go w/ a full procedure ? money is a problem, though.

Doctor Answers 25

Mini lifts

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If you are looking to spend less then a mini lift is OK but it will give you less value (i.e.less result and less duration for the money spent)

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

RTrue facelifts vs branded mini lifts

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Consider the LS and Simoni lifts to be relatively the same in that they are marketed mini type lifts that are promoted to the public by a doctor or by a company.  Most real plastic surgeons would relay the opinion to you that a proper (not a "branded" ) facelift done by an experienced surgeon will give a better result that will last longer.


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I would caution you about the gimmicky "named" marketed facelift procedures. They are usually not all that they are cracked up to be.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Don,t do a life style lift

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I have done multiple facelifts revisions or re-dos after patients had lifestyle lifts some where else. It is just a name for a very simple facelift. Please have multiple consults with "Board Certified Plastic Surgeons". A good facelift will yield a nice rounded cheek, jaw line and neck. The insside tissue needs to be lifted as well for a natural look. The scars need to be hidden properly.

Luis A. Vinas, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Do Your Homeworks For Your Face Lift!

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Dear Myming,
It depends on what your facial features look like. If you have moderate amount of jowling and neck laxity a mini face lift with neck liposuction might be just right for you. However with more advanced aging process a more extensive procedure is recommended. I have performed over 2ooo facelifts and each individual was treated according to their needs. Do your homework. Check other facial plastic surgeon in your area. Best of luck.

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 224 reviews

Full facelift gives longer lasting results

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There are many different sorts of “mini” type facelift procedures. Mini facelifts tend to produce mini results. Wait until the time is right to perform a full facelift for comprehensive facial rejuvenation whereby the skin is tightened, fat deposits are removed from the neck, the jowls are tightened, and the muscles in the neck and the face are tightened to address the problem correctly. Mini lifts do not last nearly as long as a comprehensive rejuvenation from a full facelift.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Avoid shortcuts for better, longer results

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the so-called minilifts, one-step lifts, and lunchtime lifts are all marketing ploys.  If you want a true longlasting facelift don't shop for a shorter less invasive, or shorter scar procedure.  You can't have your cake and eat it too. 

Randy Proffitt, MD
Mobile Plastic Surgeon

Mini- Facelift vs Full Facelift

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Mini-lifts give mini-results which do not last as long as more extensive surgery. If you have minimal aging, the smaller procedures may meet your needs. See an experienced surgeon to discuss your alternatives.

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

Types of face lift

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Most of these advertised names are for marketing purpose only. Most of the time you get what you paid for. The most important thing is talking to a surgeon with a good reputation about your concerns and ask him what type of surgery would be the best to address your concerns. The next question would be the cost. You can always ask the surgeon if there is a less expensive alternative to address some of the problems if not all and if there is a nonsurgical treatment that can delay the surgery for a few years.

Norman Ge, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

1-Step Facelift (Marketing Term) vs. Traditional Facelift

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Hi myming in costa mesa, CA,

Facelift refers to cosmetic surgery of the lower face (jowls) & neck. Although there are many different face lift procedure terms, there are really only a few different types. These basic face lift types are the SMAS, deep, or composite. Face lift may be combined with other cosmetic surgery such as a neck lift, fat transfer, or others.

The amount of tissue adjusted or tightened depends on the specific approach & the requirements of a particular patient. The minimal access or minimal incision lift that leaves a short scar is more appropriate for younger patients (less than 60) or patients with little/moderate skin aging. All of these types of face lifts are variations of SMAS lifts. Older patients or patients with severe & excess skin sagging will require a more traditional facelift procedure. By far, a majority of plastic surgeons who perform face lift surgery do a SMAS lift variation. This face lift type generally has the quickest recovery with great results.

There isn't one face lift type for all patients. Each cosmetic surgery is specific for each patient. Keep in mind, many companies or plastic surgeons may market face lifts by different names, which confuses patients. Refresh, quick, 1-step, or lifestyle are terms. There isn't any recent break through in face lift surgery. Speak to a plastic surgeon to determine which facelift is right for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

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