Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Complications of Lifestyle Lift

The lifestyle lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to tighten the skin of the face to make the person appear younger. The surgery is performed by a facial plastic surgeon. According to the creators of the lifestyle lift, the operation differs from a regular facelift in that it requires a smaller incision, less tissue dissection and only takes approximately 1 hour. Physicians refer to the procedure as a lifestyle lift because the operation is small and quick enough to fit into a busy person's lifestyle.


All surgical procedures carry some risks of excessive bleeding. People planning to have a Lifestyle Lift procedure are instructed to discontinue the use of blood thinning medications such as aspirin to reduce these risks. Compliance with aftercare instructions following a Lifestyle Lift procedure will also reduce the general surgical risks. Because only local anesthetic is used with Lifestyle Lift procedures, the risks associated with general anesthesia and sedation are avoided entirely.


The incisions that surgeons create when doing a lifestyle lift can leave scars. In most cases, the scars are small and well hidden. According to the Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine, a small percentage of people have a tendency to form severe scars, called keloids, and those people can develop poor cosmetic results after their lifestyle lift.


There will be some pain associated with recovery from a Lifestyle Lift procedure, although this is considerably less than more invasive alternatives. Rarely, pain may worsen or reach a point that is beyond the ache of normal healing and may indicate an infection. Other signs of infection include discoloration around the treated area that is not associated with normal bruising or an elevated temperature. Contact your doctor if you suspect infection. As the surgeon makes the incision, he breaks the natural skin barrier that protects the inside of the body from the bacteria on the skin.

I was never told anything except that I would be healed much sooner; and I was not told what the lumps were, whether to massage them, or anything else. he did say to come in for a steroid injection, but that is in another month! Is that too late? Will these things go away? How long can I realistically expect to heal?

The lifestyle lift, known as a "mini-facelift" addresses aging of the face. This procedure is best for patients who have a loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissue of the face, but not the neck. I am not a doctor but if they warned you on complications I think you should listen to them. Years are not the only reason, I am sure.

Complications from the Lifestyle Lift can include swelling, bruising, reaction to pain medication, or infection. Smokers or patients with hypertension have an increased risk of these complications.