We’ve all seen the commercials- Debbie Boone crooning in the background while patients testify how happy they are and how refreshed they look after undergoing this “innovative… approach to facial rejuvenation.” But neither the commercials nor the website describe what a “Lifestyle Lift” actually is.
The very short answer is that Lifestyle Lift is a company, not an actual surgical procedure. Close scrutiny of the website reveals that the company does not describe any sort of “Lifestyle Lift” per se, but rather offers options of several different procedures, including “Eye Firming”, “Facial Firming”, and “Neck Firming”. From speaking to both patients who have been treated at Lifestyle Lift, and personally observing procedures in their facility, my understanding is that these procedures are simply traditional face-lift, neck lift, and blepharoplasty (eye lift) procedures. They tout their treatments as “innovative”, and “less invasive” than traditional face-lift, but I have been unable to find any actual description of what each type of procedure is. So far as I can discern, the major difference between having treatment at a Lifestyle Lift facility and seeing a traditional plastic surgeon is where the surgery is performed. Lifestyle Lift performs all procedures in their facility, and all procedures are all done under local anesthesia. Because there is no sedation involved, these facilities are not subject to accreditation under the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), the organization which oversees the safety of outpatient surgical facilities. The Lifestyle Lift facilities certainly have the option of seeking accreditation, and if you are considering any type of outpatient surgical procedure, I certainly recommend asking your doctor if the facility is accredited by AAAASF to ensure your safety. In addition, I also recommend confirming that your surgeon is board-certified. If you are considering any type of facial cosmetic surgery, look for a surgeon that is board-certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.