What is a “Lifestyle Lift?”

Question: I keep hearing about something called a lifestyle lift. Is this any different than a regular facelift?

Answer: Lifestyle Lift is a brand name used in marketing a particular technique of facelift.  This technique, performed under local anesthesia, typically involves a more limited incision and less-aggressive tightening of the underlying facial tissues.  The potential benefits of this technique include its relative quickness, lower cost, and shorter recovery period.  The potential drawbacks are that, due to its limited nature, it may not adequately address the aesthetic concerns of the individual patient and that its longevity may be less than more extensive facelift procedures.  A treatment plan for facial aging should be individualized after discussion between the patient and plastic surgeon.

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