Lifestyle Lift: Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the Lifestyle Lift® question and answer section. Lifestyle Lift® is a surgical procedure that is minimally invasive, uses only a local anesthetic, and has a quick recovery time. Best of all, it makes people look years younger! The Lifestyle Lift doctors are online and ready to answer any of your questions about the Lifestyle Lift procedure or any kind of facial procedure - that's our expertise.

Q. What is facial plastic surgery?

A. Facial plastic surgery is elective surgery to enhance the appearance of the face. More specifically, aesthetic facial plastic surgery is structural cosmetic surgery that alters the shape of the nose, ears, chin, cheekbones, or neckline. "Rejuvenative" facial plastic surgery includes procedures that help reverse the signs of aging. Facial plastic surgery is intended to make a person’s natural features more aesthetically pleasing and/or bring them into balance, as well as treating some of the obvious signs of aging.

Q. What is reconstructive facial plastic surgery?

A. Reconstructive facial plastic surgery is the correction of congenital, traumatic, and post-surgical deformities—as well as skin cancer reconstruction. The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to restore form or function.

This may involve:

  • correction of congenital deformities or abnormalities
  • improving the function of the nasal airway or visual fields
  • restoring portions of the face to a state which may have existed prior to:
    • injury
    • paralysis
    • tumor removal
    • a previous unsuccessful surgery

 Note: The above information has been provided by Lifestyle Lift®. Discovery Health does not endorse Lifestyle Lift® or any information provided in any way and has not confirmed the validity or accuracy of the information provided.  Discovery Health disclaims all responsibility for the content of the information provided. Consumers should always consult their physician to make an informed decision before proceeding with any medical treatment, including plastic surgery. 

Is a Lifestyle Lift Right for You?

Q. When is the best time for facial plastic surgery?

A. There is no optimal age to consider the benefits of facial plastic surgery; patients of all ages undergo facial plastic surgery. However, one should have visible signs of aging that can be reasonably treated with facial plastic surgery.

Q. Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?

A. Good candidates for facial plastic surgery are:

  • close to their ideal weight (within 30%)
  • non-smokers
  • emotionally stable
  • drink less than five ounces of alcohol a week and limit caffeine intake
  • maintain a healthy lifestyle

People who have health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, lung disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, emphysema, are malnourished, severely depressed, obese, and/or are smokers are generally not good candidates for facial plastic surgery. Discuss all health conditions with your plastic surgeon.

Q. What should be expected in the initial consultation?

A. During the consultation, it's important to give the doctor a clear idea of the results you want. In return, expect the doctor to be honest with you about what surgery can and cannot do. Your consultation ensures that you're making the right decision and getting the procedure that's best for you.

Be as prepared as possible for this first meeting:

  • know your physician's qualifications before you go
  • write down any questions you may have for the surgeon
  • expect this first visit to take time

During your consultation, the doctor will:

  • review your medical history including medical conditions, surgeries, and allergies that may increase risks
  • discuss the specific changes you want
  • tell you if your expectations are unrealistic, and explain why
  • take photographs of your face
  • in some cases, use imaging software to simulate results
Q. What are the risks of cosmetic surgery?

A. As with any surgery, there are potential risks to consider. Cosmetic surgery does not pose increased risks over other surgery. Risks may vary depending on the procedure you select and personal factors including age, health, and even skin coloration. Patients who are least likely to experience complications are in good health and strictly adhere to pre- and post-operative instructions.

While serious complications in cosmetic plastic surgery are extremely rare when performed by qualified surgeons, they do occur from time to time. The following is a list of potential complications. The good news is that the majority of these complications associated with plastic surgery result from general anesthesia, which Lifestyle Lift© doesn't use.

  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • airway obstruction
  • aspiration
  • blood clots
  • blood loss
  • brain damage
  • death
  • drop in blood pressure
  • heart attack
  • infections
  • loose sutures
  • malignant hyperthermia
  • nerve damage
  • stroke
  • temporary paralysis
Note: The above information has been provided by Lifestyle Lift®. Discovery Health does not endorse Lifestyle Lift® or any information provided in any way and has not confirmed the validity or accuracy of the information provided. Discovery Health disclaims all responsibility for the content of the information provided. Consumers should always consult their physician to make an informed decision before proceeding with any medical treatment, including plastic surgery.

Questions About The Procedure

Q . What type of anesthesia is used?

A. Most cosmetic surgery procedures use general anesthesia. The Lifestyle Lift® procedure uses only local anesthesia (a mixture of 1% Lidocaine with Epinephrine). This eliminates many of the potential complications associated with general anesthesia.

Q. Is there any pain during the procedure?
A.
Most patients do not typically experience pain during the procedure.

Q. Is there any pain after the procedure?
A.
Some patients may experience mild discomfort after the procedure.  However, your doctor will outline a pain management regimen to ease any pain or discomfort.

Q. How soon after the procedure can I resume work?
A.
Everyone recovers differently, but most patients typically resume work one week after the Lifestyle Lift® procedure.

Q. Where will the procedure take place?
A.
The procedure is done onsite, in an operating room at the Lifestyle Lift® offices.

Note: The above information has been provided by Lifestyle Lift®. Discovery Health does not endorse Lifestyle Lift® or any information provided in any way and has not confirmed the validity or accuracy of the information provided. Discovery Health disclaims all responsibility for the content of the information provided. Consumers should always consult their physician to make an informed decision before proceeding with any medical treatment, including plastic surgery. 

Cost & Coverage of the Lifestyle Lift

Q. How much does it cost?

A. The cost varies depending on the procedure. The typical cost for a Lifestyle Lift® procedure is about $5000.

Q. Will insurance cover any of the costs?
A.
In most cases, no. Because facial plastic surgery is an elective surgery, insurance companies typically do not cover the cost. However, there are some exceptions. For example, your plan may cover cancer reconstruction. Bring your insurance card to your initial consultation to check your coverage.

Q. How long do the results last?
A.
Results vary depending on various factors, such as lifestyle choices. Drinking or smoking can shorten the longevity of cosmetic surgery results.

Q. Will I look like I had a procedure "done"?
A.
In general, Lifestyle Lift® patients experience natural-looking results. Most look as if they've just returned from a nice long vacation!

Note: The above information has been provided by Lifestyle Lift®. Discovery Health does not endorse Lifestyle Lift® or any information provided in any way and has not confirmed the validity or accuracy of the information provided. Discovery Health disclaims all responsibility for the content of the information provided. Consumers should always consult their physician to make an informed decision before proceeding with any medical treatment, including plastic surgery.