Facelift Scar Comparison
How is the LSL better than other Facelifts?
The LSL is not a breakthrough procedure nor are any of the LSL techniques new in any way. THE LSL is first and foremost a marketing company that hires physicians to do a version of the LSL. In fact, their surgeons are not even required to do the LSL procedure.
How is the LSL different than other procedures?
The LSL is a version of the short-scar facelift procedure that was first described by others. Included in the procedure is a so called SMAS plication which has been around for 20+ years and is one of many ways to tighten the deeper layers of the face. The only possible advance the LSL offers is that it is performed under local anesthesia which has been available since the 1920’s.
Is the Lifestyle Lift® Cheaper?
The cost of the LSL procedure is different depending on where in the country one lives. The fact is that the actual cost of the LSL is roughly equivalent to what most plastic surgeons charge especially when you consider the “fine print” procedures that are required on almost all patients.
Is there a difference in recovery from the LSL?
The rapidity of recovery depends more on the individual surgeon than the exact procedure performed. Patient selection is probably the most important adjunct in recovery time and LSL patient selection is initially done by “consultationists” without even a medical degree.
Will I Bruise More?
One of the ways a plastic surgeon can decrease bruising is due to the technique chosen and in many cases whether or not the surgeon uses drains expeditiously. Part of the LSL marketing scheme brags about not using drains as if not using drains when indicated is somehow better.
Are the LSL Scars Better?
The short facelift scar pattern is pretty much the same for everyone. The execution of the scar varies from surgeon to surgeon, but the scars don’t seem to do as well nor are they properly positioned in many of the LSL procedures (my personal experience). It is also easier to obtain good scarring with frequent follow-up and in-depth patient instruction which is not typical in practices that are volume driven like the LSL.
What is the Most Important Decision when Choosing a Facelift?
Most people believe that the most important aspect of achieving good results in facelift surgery is the choice of SURGEON and not the procedure or any number of other considerations. It is interesting that the one thing that the LSL marketing scheme minimizes is the surgeon; such that the surgeon is the last person one meets in the process. The consultationists and the people who collect the money seem much more important and meet the prospective patient well before the surgeon is chosen for you.
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The Truth about the marketing madness
One of the most disturbing aspects of medical care as practiced today is the unpleasant
marriage of medicine and industry creating what is known as the medical-industrial complex. The medical-industrial complex is manifest in many ways including the extinction of the private, solo medical practitioner and the rise of things like copyrighted medical procedures. In the not too distant past, most doctors were solo practitioners and thus provided the kind of medical care that made physicians respected and pillars of the community. Among surgeons the attempt to copyright a surgical procedure is distasteful as the important surgeons we have known in our training taught surgery without taking credit or financially benefiting from their ideas and procedures, even if revolutionary in nature. If an operation shows particular promise and represents a true advancement in medical care, it is usually submitted to a peer reviewed journal where its merits are debated among professionals in the field and either accepted for publication or not, depending on the originality of the idea and its ability to advance medical knowledge, but never for financial gain.
The recent introduction of the copyrighted named surgical procedure uncovers one of the weaknesses in trademark and copyright law as the procedure on which the trademark is licensed does not have to be in any way original except the name itself has to be unique. The only reason to give an operation that is not original a trademarked name is for the purpose of marketing for financial gain. Many less informed patients may believe that a trademarked name for a surgical procedure implies that the procedure, whether unique or not, is the most important aspect of patient care usually proven with a slick marketing plan. It is clear that the “named” procedure is of minuscule importance when compared to the ability of the surgeon and whether the procedure is the correct one to treat the problem addressed.
The “Lifestyle Lift” is the latest marketing madness purposing a questionable procedure by marketing the name rather than the credentials of the physicians who perform the trademarked “Lifestyle Lift.” I suspect that on occasion the “Lifestyle Lift” may actually provide a satisfactory result, if by luck the right patient sees the advertisement and gets a surgeon provided by the company, who performs the procedure resulting in a happy patient. I get to see the results of the “Lifestyle Lift” and are asked to explain why such a well marketed operation did not accomplish the facial rejuvenation promised. Many times, the patient dissatisfaction results from the limited improvement on the cheeks only while the neck, eyes and mouth, of equal importance, are not addressed with the “Lifestyle Lift.” Most plastic surgeons find that addressing all of the aging issues usually allows the procedures to be “blended” together for optimal results.
Alabama facelift specialist Dr. Paul Howard is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Howard, call 205-871-3361.
*The LifeStyle Lift is a registered trademark, registered by Lifestyle Lift Holding, Inc. Michigan.