Many people have heard of the heavily marketed Lifestyle Lift but do not understand the difference between this procedure and the Simplicity Facelift. The Lifestyle Lift is a “mini facelift” that works by tightening the skin to reduce wrinkles in the upper facial region. By comparison, the Simplicity Facelift is less invasive than a traditional full facelift but it tightens both the outlying skin and underlying muscle to reduce wrinkles and restore the face to a naturally younger version.
The Lifestyle Lift is a technique that was created by a plastic surgeon and now is, in effect, franchised to other doctors to use. This procedure has been turned into a marketing brand and doctors that have been trained on this surgery benefit from the large advertising budget used to promote this surgical process. The surgery involves a series of incisions in front of and above the ear from where the practitioner can stretch the skin into place and it is then sutured closed. This will work to reduce wrinkles over the short term, but because the muscles under the skin are left in their original position, the lines and folds will reappear within a few years. Because the underlying muscle and tissue are not tightened, the skin will relax back over the original furrows and return to the pre-surgical state.
Of course, the Lifestyle Lift does cost less than many other facelift techniques but this is because the surgery is far less comprehensive than a traditional lift or Simplicity Lift. The Lifestyle Lift does not require the same high level of surgical skill and not all of the practitioners are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, nor work in accredited medical facilities. This is one way to reduce the costs while providing a quick fix for those looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The Simplicity Lift is only available at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery and is not “franchised” out to other doctors. Dr. Dominic Castellano performs the Simplicity Lift which uses smaller incisions above and behind the ears. The key difference is that Dr. Dominic will tighten the facial muscles, underlying tissue as well as the outer skin layer to address all the facets of aging. This means that the surgery is extremely long lasting and most of the time, patients will enjoy the benefits of this facial surgery for the rest of their lives. Because the Simplicity Lift is less invasive than full facelift surgery, the costs are lower and the recovery time is far less. In fact, many people can return to work in a couple of days following the procedure. The Simplicity Lift has a high rate of overall satisfaction with little scarring and more natural, longer lasting results.
If you have considered getting any type of facelift, be sure to check out the doctor’s qualifications, complaint history, success rate, before and after photos, and patient testimonials before moving ahead. If you have been thinking about getting some work done to restore your youthful appearance, do your research in advance and take the time to meet with Dr. Dominic if you are interested in learning more about a Simplicity Lift. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery provides complimentary consultations so that the patient will be well-informed prior to any surgery. Patients that have undergone the Lifestyle Lift have reported that they often did not have a chance to meet the doctor until they were on the operating table.