I’ve written more than once about over-the-top claims about plastic surgery — particularly when it comes to facial rejuvenation — and I wasn’t planning to do it again. But I read an article today that first made my jaw drop, then clench up in anger. So I just can't help but put fingers to the keyboard once more.
Who can blame me after reading about the Lifestyle Lift in the health trends section of www.examiner.com, and that it can have you looking “10 to 20 years younger in about 45 minutes.” As Dolores Bundy, the author of the article, describes it, it’s “like going to the dentist.”
Hmmm. Ever heard that old saying that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is?
It certainly seems that there are satisfied Lifestyle Lift patients. But you get a very different viewpoint if you visit www.complaintsboard.com and look for postings about the procedure. There’s even one posting from Atlanta, home of www.examiner.com, that discusses strong-arm sales techniques and results including “eyes cut differently, creases missed entirely,” dramatic scarring and ongoing pain.
Another place to read patient reviews is www.realself.com. Dozens of postings there run 2:1 against the Lifestyle Lift. But even more alarming are the descriptive words the dissatisfied patients use. “Nightmare” is one of the most common terms used to describe the experience, and the posters talk about ugly, prominent scars, disfigurement and worse. One woman even commented, “I was butchered.”
Some of the milder complaints relate to the over-the-top claims that got me started writing about this subject again. Contrary to the assertion that the procedure takes around 45 minutes and you can go back to work the next day, many reviewers say their Lifestyle Lift took well over an hour. Some say three hours, some say four. One woman even said she was worked on for six hours. And many say they continued to experience bruising and swelling for weeks, if not months, following their surgery.
Other complaints echo what I have heard from experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons; and by the way, almost none of them perform anything like a Lifestyle Lift.