Is A Lifestyle Lift Effective?

Q: Dr. Eppley, are the various mini- or limited types of facelifts effective and how long will it last?

A: The numerous type of franchised forms of quick recovery facial tuck-ups are well known versions of limited facelifts or a jowl tuck-up procedures. There is nothing magical or unique about this operation or approach. It is a scaled down version of a more complete facelift or a neck-jowl lift. It can be very effective if done well and will get years of sustained improvement which will vary by a patient’s skin type and genetics. It could be anywhere from 5 to 10 years depending upon where one starts and how well one ages. The more relevant question, however, is whether this type of facelift approach is right for you. The vast majority of unhappiness with these franchised named ‘mini-facelift’ is that the patient wasn’t a good candidate. Their facial aging issues were more advanced and they should have had a fuller facelift to get the kind of result that they were expecting. Patients understandably are tempted to choose a facelift operation based on how it would be done (local or IV sedation), a short recovery and/or a low cost rather than choosing a facelift operation that better fits their actual needs. This is the real issue you should be thinking about.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana