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The Lifestyle Lift is a small face lifting procedure performed by a plastic surgeon, which is less invasive and carries lower risk of complications than the traditional face lifting surgery. That is why more and more women and men have become interested in this procedure during the last decade. Here are some of the main features of the procedure and its advantages and disadvantages in terms of side effects and complications.

The Procedure

A Lifestyle Lift is very convenient as it is performed under a local anesthesia in a sitting position. Besides local anesthetic, oral sedatives or muscle relaxants are also given to reduce fear and too much movement during the procedure. It is designed to make very subtle changes, such as accentuate the jaw line, remove some wrinkles on the face and neck, and tighten excess skin around the eyes. The whole surgery lasts only for about an hour, and the patient leaves the hospital the same day, not to mention that this mini face lift is much cheaper than the standard procedure.

The Results

Although in some cases huge differences can be noticed, the Lifestyle Lift is not designed to provide major structural changes of the face. However, before and after photos are definitely different. Let’s say that a person usually looks 5-10 years younger than before, depending on the state of the skin before the surgery and the amount of wrinkles. Complete recovery, after which results are fully seen, should not take more than a week, and the person can return to normal daily activities very fast. This is a big plus in comparison with the standard face lifting, which usually requires several weeks to recover. Do not expect from the Lifestyle Lift to make you look totally different with all the unwanted lines on your face corrected, as this is a minor procedure, but you will definitely look refreshed and a bit younger.

Risks And Complications

When choosing the Lifestyle Lift procedure, make sure to find a certified plastic surgeon in order to avoid complications. However, if you have sensitive skin, complications may occur often for no particular reason. The most common complication of this procedure is excess swelling. Swelling is normal along the surgical lines, but it should disappear in a couple of days. If in some cases the lymphatic ducts and small blood vessels get damaged, the swelling may be prolonged and even persistent. These persons require new interventions in order to remove the swelling, which produces additional costs.

Another complication is infection, which is very rare if the procedure is performed under sterile conditions, but proper hygiene is very important after the surgery. If you notice increased redness of the skin or pain in the regions of intervention, please refer these symptoms to your doctor as they can be the signs of infection. Infections are more common in some populations, such as in diabetic patients and persons with immunodeficiency.

A higher risk of bleeding is present only in persons with already existing coagulation problems.

Long-term effects of the Lifestyle Lift are considered to be better than those of the standard face lifting, as only minor changes are made to the facial skin. Therefore, aging and further changes of the skin do not affect much these results and cases of deformation are very rare. With new approaches and new cosmetic techniques, this procedure is expected to have a very promising future.

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