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How is a lifestyle lift different from a traditional face lift?

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A Lifestyle Lift refers to a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address aging concerns seen in the lower third of the face, particularly a sagging neck and wrinkles, according to RealSelf.com. A traditional face-lift provides surgical rejuvenation of the entire face and neck, states the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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The Lifestyle Lift is a trademarked name. It is a surgical, cosmetic procedure performed under local anesthesia and results can last 3 to 5 years, depending upon individual differences, says Northside Plastic Surgery.

The appeal of the Lifestyle Lift is that the procedure lasts only an hour, and the patient is delivered only local anesthetic. The surgery uses incisions in the front and back of the ear. This is technically less complicated, and with shorter recovery time than traditional face-lift procedures, according to RealSelf.com.

However, Real Self warns that if a patient has significant facial changes due to aging, a one-hour procedure may not produce results that are significant or lasting.

A traditional face-lift surgery requires intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery begins at the hairline and follows that margin, ending at the lower scalp, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Facial fat is contoured or redistributed from the face and jowls, and deep layers of the muscles are lifted and repositioned. The skin is then trimmed and draped over the new contours. If the neck is sagging or jowly, a second incision is made under the chin and the same procedure repeated, states the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Its reports include a more prolonged recovery time for a traditional face-lift, but state that three-fourths of patients look younger than pre-surgery appearance after 5 years.

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