Lifestyle Lift Vs Facelift for Sagging Skin and Droopy Eyes?

I have sagging skin and drooping eyes. I have always looked young, but in the last year old age has hit hard.

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Lifestyle Lift vs real facelift

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Your droopy eyes need eyelid surgery, not a facelift or Lifestyle lift. A facelift will deal with your loose skin. The LS lift is only a mini lift with mini results that last a mini length of time but with all of the scars of a real facelift.

Look online at all the unhappy LS patients, their stories are very telling.

Lifestyle lift vs. Facelift see a facelift specialist

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A lifestyle lift and facelift do not address saggy eyes. This is typically done via eyelid surgery or a brow lift. A consultation by someone who specializes in facial Plastic Surgery will be able to describe the appropriate procedures for your concerns.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 218 reviews

Lifestyle Lift vs. Real Facelift - Will Either One Fix My Droopy Eyelids?

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Both the lifestyle lift and a real face lift address the loose skin on your cheeks, jowl and neck.  Neither of these two address loose skin around the eyelid. 

The loose skin around the eyelid is corrected by a surgery known as a Blepheroplasty.  The upper eyelids are normally corrected by an excision of an ellipse of skin and muscle above the crease in the upper eyelid.  The lower eyelid is a much more complicated surgery requiring a Board Certified plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the use of a muscle sling.  

A real facelift undermines the skin, loosens it, repositions it upward, and resects the excess with minimal to no tension.  The lifestyle lift is a mini facelift with short-lived results, but due to tension may have excessive scaring. 

At this point, it is appropriate for you to seek out one or more Board Certified plastic surgeon(s) in your neighborhood for a face to face consultation.

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Full face/neck lift for comprehensive, long lasting facial rejuvenation.

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The lifestyle lift is a mini lift type of procedure and will not give comprehensive rejuvenation as a full face/neck lift. It is important to have facial/neck skin and muscle laxity tightened up and fat removed both above and below the platysmal muscle in the neck. This will give a comprehensive long lasting facial rejuvenation, and not a mini one-hour lunchtime procedure.

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

Face Lift and Eyelid surgery

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Dear Maleficent,

you ask a very good question about the extent of surgery and what would be appropriate for you. This really only can be answered with a proper consultation- so you know what can be done to achieve excellent results and that you understand what the risks and the benefits of the surgery are.

The dilemma is that you want a good result with long lasting effects and with the minimum of downtime...... this also means you want effective surgery which most often requires more downtime.

The online reviews are helpful in your early investigation but the word of mouth is the most powerful in understanding and trusting the individual who is going to perform your surgery.

With Warm Regards,

Trevor M Born MD

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Lifestyle Lift vs Facelift for Aging Face

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I love nothing better than to get questions about the "lifestyle lift." Imagine this: you're young, in your 30's, with good skin tone and a radiant, attractive face with no signs of aging. Then you're a great candidate for the "lifestyle lift." This surgery is for patients that don't need surgery.

So if you have jowls, descent of cheek tissue, excess skin of the face and neck and the other signs of aging then a facelift with SMAS elevation is the surgery for you. The "lifestyle lift " is done by surgeons that don't know how to evaluate patients or do real facial rejuvenation. Don't waste your money on sham surgery.

Aim for full facial rejuvenation, not a marketing slogan

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Having been hit hard by "old age" this year will make a catchy solution like "lifestyle lift" seem very attractive, however you should analyze the individual components of your dissatisfaction before consulting with a surgeon. Dividing the face into three zones: upper, middle and lower, including the neck is a way to separate the component procedures which may be useful.

If your brows are low, giving you a tired or sad appearance, you may benefit from a brow lift +/- an upper eyelid lift. The midface includes the lower eyelids, cheeks and upper lip. Endoscopic midcheek lifts and lower eyelid lifts compete with silicone cheek implants and fillers. Saggy skin around the lower face and neck may be partially corrected by a mini lift, however it is uncertain how long the results are maintained..

In addition to repositioning facial fat, restoring volume, redraping redundant skin, the external texture and color of the skin should be included to yield a full facial rejuvenation. Find a surgeon who has experience with multiple techniques and with whom you can communicate well. Good luck.

Lavinia K. Chong, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

LifeStyle Lift, Facelift, and Aging

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The question is really, what has happened recently to cause such rapid aging? It could be stress, malnutrition, environmental change, relationship or job issues. The surgical procedures are solutions to the results of a problem that will continue to act on your tissues unless you address them directly. May I suggest you seek assistance of a coach to help empower you with this. Drooping skin around the brow and orbital structures is commonly associated with unwanted appearances. A good surgeon will give you options to consider as what would best "fit" your needs.

Lifestyle lift vs facelift

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In comparing the Lifestyle Lift vs facelifts, you may be interested to know that the Lifestyle Lift recently settled a major lawsuit from the attorney general of New York over a practice of filing false testimonials. So if you factor out the good stories as possibly being made up, there are only the disappointments left. Your decision is too important to be swayed by advertizing and the promise of a cheaper alternative delivering the same long-term results.

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

Lid problems need a lid solution

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Droopy lids are created by:

  1. Extra tissue (skin, muscle, fat) in the upper lids
  2. A sag of the eyebrows
  3. Or a combination of 1. and 2.

There is no form of "face-lift" either mini or maxi that corrects the lids unless it includes a forehead procedure.

You need careful evaluation and the right treatment to correct your issues.

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

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