What is the Lifestyle Lift - a common question asked of me
The Lifestyle Lift is not a particular Face Lift procedure, but rather a business model. Plastic Surgeons sign up and then the company promotes the Lifestyle Lift Plastic Surgeon with heavy marketing on TV and radio. Plastic Surgeons who are signed with the company can do any Face Lift technique they feel comfortable doing and are encouraged to do this under only a local anesthesia.
What I don't like about the Lifestyle Lift:
The general claim through a excellent marketing strategy that Lifestyle Lift Plastic Surgeons are giving the public something better in correcting age related facial changes
No procedure performed in 1 hour can give the lasting results most women need to correct their aging face and neck
Performing this procedure under local anesthesia can be:
Painful - multiple needle injections can be quite uncomfortable for most people
Distracting to the surgeon - moving about and talking to the surgeon may distract him from fully concentrating on getting you the best results
What I dislike the most however, is this Company advertises and promotes this as if it were a superior Face Lift technique, rather than letting the public know that they are a marketing organization.
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Contour Thread Lift and Feather Lift
I do not recommend this procedure
Sometimes called the Lunch Time Face Lift, this procedure uses small incisions in the hair to pass barbed sutures into the face, that when pulled upwards hooks on to the tissue under the skin to lift it upward
The Contour Thread Lift / Feather Lift suffers from the following disadvantages:
Very costly, with minimal changes to the face
Not a good procedure for correction of the jowls or neck
It is not long lasting- usually months to a year
The barbed sutures may break, stretch or work their way through the skin requiring additional surgery to remove the visible barbed end
It is difficult to move a large area of tissue with only a suture, so subtle results are the norm
The S-Face Lift has an incision in front of the ear and also tightens the supportive muscle system (SMAS), using purse string sutures.
Macs Face Lift
The MACS-Face Lift is another modification of the S-Face Lift which has an incision in front of the ear and then uses a double purse string suture to pull up on the SMAS layer over the muscles of the face. I have used this technique, but find it less superior in most women to the Minimal Incision Face Lift, because it doesn't work as well when tightening the neck area.
QuickLift or Quick Lift
The QuickLift Face Lift is a modification of the S Lift. A similar incision is made and then the tissue pulled up and held in place with a one large purse string suture. I would prefer to use the MACS Lift double purse string suture.
This is probably the most confusing term, because it has a different meaning for each person and Plastic Surgeon. If the Mini- Face Lift means minimal incisions, then some refer to it as the Short Incision Face Lift. Others, suggest it is minimal surgery.
A Mini-Face Lift is sometimes used to define a Face Lift performed with an endoscope using incisions placed in the hairline and the mouth. The endoscope is a lighted camera that attaches to special instruments introduced through these incisions to elevate specific areas of the face. Some Plastic Surgeons also refer to the elevation of the cheek or mid-face area through a eyelid incision as a Mini- Face Lift.
Since a Mini-Face Lift does very little to address the loose jowls and neck, it is generally used during the early stages of aging, when a freshening look is desired. If your neck and jowls are loose, I would recommend you are get Minimal Incision Face Lift.
You should consider this if you have early signs of aging, such as a sagging mid-face which refers to the cheek and lower eyelid area. You might see a deepening of the lines of the lower cheeks called the nasolabial folds. If you have no significant jowl or neck sagging, then I can use the Endotine Biodegradable Anchoring Implant with hidden incisions to give you a natural, refreshed look. This type of Face Lift is most commonly done on women in their early 40's. However, most women need the Minimal or Limited Incision Face Lift to tighten the jowls and neck skin.
Sub-Periosteal Face Lift
The Sub-Periosteal Face Lift is an elevation of the soft tissue and muscles off the underlying facial bones. I believe this operation is more prone to having problems after surgery, so I would rather perform a Minimal Incision Face Lift or use the MACS Lift technique.
Non-Surgical Face Lifts
Mainly used as a marketing or sales tool- such as 60 minute Face Lifts or Lunch time Face Lifts.
Most of these are dermatological procedures using a Laser or Chemical Peel on the face by doctors who have not been trained to perform a surgical Face Lift.
These are poor substitutes for a surgical Face Lift, as they do little to tighten the face, jowls and neck area.
My Natural Face Lift / Neck Lift Procedure
Neck, jowls and lower face can be tightened, which helps to eliminate many wrinkles
Surgical time 2-5 hours depending on the areas involved in tightening
Can last 8-12 years, depending on the skin texture and tone
Swelling and bruising lasts for a few weeks
Full recovery without limitations is 3-4 week
Make a Free Appointment to see Dr. Chris Costanzo of Thousand Oaks, in the Los Angeles area, a Specialist in Natural Face Lifts and Neck Lifts, Corrective Facial Surgery
For a Face Lift & Neck Lift the Natural Way
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon Dr Costanzo
805 / 373-9919 or 818 / 706-2070
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