An Investigation of the Lifestyle Lift

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.

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