Ask Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins – Lifestyle Lift vs. other Facial Lifts

Though Cosmetic Surgery Center’s founder Dr. Terry Perkins is a busy man, he always takes time out to answer his patients questions – and yours too! – in his “Ask Dr. Perkins” blog posts. If you have cosmetic surgery questions, please email them to Dr. Perkins and he will answer them on his blog.
Q. Dr. Perkins, I have heard a lot about the “Lifestyle Lift” – a face lift procedure that is supposed to be quick with less healing time than a traditional face lift. What do you know about it and do you perform that procedure?

A. The Lifestyle Lift is a procedure that was developed by a doctor and has been heavily marketed. While there is nothing wrong with the procedure, it is important to note that it is not anything that is revolutionary or even markedly different than procedures that have been performed by surgeons for years. Essentially it is a “short flap face lift” that rejuvenates the lowers two-thirds of the face. While it can result in a “refreshed” appearance, it is usually more suited for younger patients. Because one size does not fit all, I prefer to meet with my patients and assess their needs on a case by case basis. If it is appropriate, I can certainly perform a procedure very similar to the Lifestyle Lift. However, if the patient is looking for facial enhancement and longevity there are many other options that we can do to work more on the under structure rather than doing the Lifestyle Lift.

Regarding healing time, there are now many different options in both the aggressiveness of the treatment and the associated downtime. The range is from no downtime (with skin tightening procedures that we perform at Evolutions Medical Spa) to 7 – 10 days for full facelifts. Other surgical procedures only have 2 – 3 days of downtime. We customize our treatments based on what the individual’s goals are and what their schedules allow. Regardless, we do our best to make sure that each patient is as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure.

Call for our office, 805-563-0000, to book your consultation with Dr. Perkins.

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