Archive for the ‘Face Lift’ Category

Submental Liposuction

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Submental fullness, “turkey gobbler”, neck laxity, muscle banding etc. is one of the most common reasons people ask for face lift or neck lift. The proper surgical procedure has to be customized based on examination as it relates to condition of the tissues, age of the person and the extent of surgery desired; liposuction alone, together with platysma muscle tightening(eliminating frayed muscle bands) and/or additional excess skin removal as part of a full neck lift or face lift.

 

Lifestyle Lift’s dirty little secret

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has settled a complaint against a cosmetic surgery company that admits it used its employees to pose as satisfied customers in online ads, reports news source InjuryBoard.com.

According to InjuryBoard.com, the company ordered employees to write positive reviews of its facelift procedure Lifestyle Lift on Web sites. Lifestyle Lift also created its own sites of facelift reviews to appear as unsolicited testimonials. In an email, the company instructed employees to “devote the day to doing more postings on the Web as a satisfied client.” Cuomo’s office says in so doing, Lifestyle Lift violated consumer protection laws.

Cuomo announced the $300,000 settlement with the plastic surgery firm that created the Lifestyle Lift procedure, which is performed in doctors’ offices in New York and 21 other states. It is believed his office is the first to address these “Astroturf marketing” techniques, so named because they are aimed at creating bogus grassroots buzz about a product.

In addition to the cash settlement, Lifestyle Lift has agreed to stop publishing anonymous online reviews and to identify fake reviews posted by employees

 

An Investigation of the Lifestyle Lift

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The New York Times ran an excellent article recently (June 2009) looking at mass marketed facelifts like the Lifestyle Lift and Quicklift. The former have offices here in the Sacramento area. Several key points are worth discussing:

1. The Lifestyle Lift and Quicklift franchises don’t offer patients a full range of options for facial rejuvenation. It’s more of a one-operation-fits-all thinking. This type of cosmetic surgery though is really one of those things that needs to be intensely customized to each patient. Your face isn’t exactly like anyone else’s and your facelift shouldn’t be either.
2. Minimal facelifts are procedures that are suitable only for a limited, select group of patients. They tend to work if you just barely, sort-of need a facelift or if you already had a full facelift and might need a little bit of re-tightening, a tuck-up. A basic rule of thumb: If you look in the mirror and think you need a facelift, you probably need a time tested real facelift. I’ve seen far too many patients who’ve spent thousands of dollars on minilifts, Laser treatments, Thermage, and suture lifts only to ultimately end up getting the “real” thing. Which is what they needed in the first place.
3. The Times article reports facelift franchise consultants may employ high-pressure sales tactics to get you to sign up for surgery — often before meeting the surgeon . Hard sell does not belong in plastic surgery. If you’re ever in a doctor’s office and feel you are being pushed to get a facelift, leave. No reputable plastic surgeon I know employs these kind of tactics.
4. The quality of your facelift (or any cosmetic surgery result) ultimately depends on the skill, judgement, and artistry of your plastic surgeon. You only have one face. Choose carefully.