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The Lifestyle Lift May Indeed Impact Your Lifestyle

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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.

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Everyone might be interested to know that LSL has not only been fined by the state of NY for cyberposting to the tune of $300K but a news story about the practice of their advertising ran just last night on TV9. Here is a link if anyone would like to watch the video. (paste into browser)http://www.my9tv.com/dpp/my9_news/unit_9/My9_Online_Reviews(stop paste) I do hope that women will realize that LSL is a surgical procedure and NOT get taken by what seems to a super easy one hour procedure. This is just not the case. You will not heal in a couple of days and it is not a easy procedure to go through "WIDE AWAKE". If you must go to LSL, please listen to what they have to say and then go to another plastic surgeon that is Board Certified by either the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) or the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Someone may think... well, that is just too much work and this only takes one hour, haha. Watch the video, go to realself.com, but for goodness sake do not believe that the Lifestyle Lift is an easy fix for aging or sagging jowls.

November 5, 2009 - 3:26pm

Thanks for your comment, Chrystal, and for your efforts to warn others. Just the other day I saw a beautiful, 4-color ad in a magazine for the LSL and wondered how many people might be taken in. I'll have to nose around and see if there's more information coming to light since I last wrote about this topic.

If you see any more about advertising practices, lawsuits etc, please let me know! If we all continue to protest as loudly as we can, the "surgeons" who perform the LSL will someday have to stop. Won't they?!

November 5, 2009 - 11:52am

Well said! I do hope you continue to follow the LSL saga and your writing is very, very informative. Women should take heed, if you want to look younger and insist on going to a LSL facility, listen to what they say and then get a 2nd opinion from an American Board Certified Plastic and Facial Surgeon. You only have one face! Compare apples to apples and let them know what you are comparative shopping. Don't let the sales ladies dressed in white lab coats (at LSL) fool you... they make a commission on each and every sale. This is not used cars we are talking about.

November 5, 2009 - 9:11am
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