Quick Recovery With The LifeStyle Lift

May 6 13:51 2008 Barry Eppley Print This Article

Many smaller versions of facelifts exist today which, for the right patient, are a better match for their facial aging concerns. Because of many trendy names for limited facelifts, such as the LifeStyle Lift, some confusion exists amongst patients who often don't really what an actual facelift is to begin with.

My office often gets asked if we perform the 'LifeStyle Lift',Guest Posting 'S-Lift', and a variety of other names that end in -lift. The callers and patients don't know, of course, that all these names really refer to the same procedure, otherwise known as a limited facelift. Their interest is peaked by the allure of improvement in sagging jowls or loose neck skin but without the downtime of a full facelift.

The confusion comes from a general misunderstanding of what a facelift is or actually achieves. Most patients envision a facelift as a procedure that starts at the top of the head and ends somewhere below the neck. Visions of weeks of seclusion, obscene facial swelling and bruising, and ruinous financial strain make many patients feel that they definitely don't want a facelift. They don't understand that a facelift is really a misnamed procedure. A better name which more accurately describes what it is....is a necklift or a jowl-necklift. A facelift, in isolation, does very little above the jawline or for most of the face. It is a procedure that changes the neck and jowl line only. Many patients will have other facial procedures done in conjunction with a facelift, such as the brow, eyes, nose, cheeks, or lips (often referred to as total facial rejuvenation) but these do not constitute a facelift. As a stand-alone procedure, a facelift is really about the neck and jowls and creating a sharper neck angle and a clean jowl line again.

Therefore, a limited facelift is a scaled down version of the full facelift. It has gotten, for a variety of marketing purposes, many catchy names as previously mentioned. Some plastic surgeons even put their own name on it. But, in the end, there are all the same procedure. A limited facelift is.....limited. Meaning the length of the incisions used (in front of the ear), how much skin is undermined and removed, and the amount of subsequent after surgery care and recovery is much less than a full facelift. And an important concept to grasp here is....the outcome is also not as significant as that of a full facelift. For this reason, limited facelifts are best done are younger facial aging concerns or on older patients who only want a smaller facelift for recovery or economic reasons.

Today, nearly one-half of the facelifts I do are of the limited variety. They are very popular due to their quick recovery, lack of pain, and minimal swelling and bruising. They are a great stopgap measure that will substantially delay the need for a facelift is some patients and may, in others, potentiallhy eliminate the long-term need for a full facelift. Whe combined with other small face procedures, such as eye tucks and peels, they really make a nice change with no chance of getting that 'operated look.'

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Barry Eppley
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Dr Barry Eppley, board-certified plastic surgeon, is in private practice at his hospital-based medspa locations at Clarian Health in Indianapolis. To learn more about the latest trends in plastic surgery, spa therapies, or skin care, go to his daily blog, http://www.exploreplasticsurgery.com

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