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Lifestyle Lift - The Rest Of The Story
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- My experience with Lifestyle Lift has been an interesting journey.

I first learned about Lifestyle Lift through their TV ads, showing clients with remarkable results of before and after pictures as well as video of them. All looked many years younger, refreshed, having smoother skin and their wrinkles gone. Their jaw lines were well defined after their surgery.

After reviewing the company’s pamphlets and video on May 6th, I opted for Lifestyle Lift option C including their platysmaplasty, liposculpting and a full face laser treatment for a total of $8500. The procedure was done on May 13, 2010 by Dr. Eric T Waterman, the same doctor that examined my face for this procedure on May 6th.

In just one week of the surgery, I could see my wrinkles returning to my face as the swelling went down. After one month, I could see NO improvement in my face and I do not look one day younger than before my surgery. I have wrinkles and frown lines around my mouth and the same wrinkles I had around my eyes, as well. I still have brown spots on my face, large pores and wrinkles on my face. My jaw line has not improved.

I followed the Lifestyle Lift instructions to a T. I even slept elevated in a recliner for three weeks, instead of in bed with my husband.

I only let my closest co-workers know what I did since I took ten days off of work. The only thing they see are my scars. One co-worker was bold enough to say, ‘Did you have a witch doctor work on you?’ It might as well been.

The entire hospital staff and all of my family have not noticed or said anything about my ‘years younger and refreshed look’, confirming what I already knew, that this surgery did nothing, but leave scars. Instead of wearing my hair behind my ears, as I have for years, I have to cover my ears because of the scars. My ears are still numb and areas around my ears and neck are still hard and knotted.

I had an appointment today, June 11, 2010 with Dr. Waterman. I received my before and after pictures that I will be happy to share with anyone interested in viewing. I told Dr. Waterman that I didn't look a day younger or anymore refreshed, and his response was 'you can't expect miracles'. I said, excuse me??? I was only expecting what was promised...to look younger and refreshed. When asked if he felt any obligation to do anything further for the $8500. I spent, he said no. I thanked him for his time, then left.

At no time did he touch me to examine the knots on my face and neck that I told him about, or check my scars.

My intent is to write as many Internet consumer reviews as I can to caution others that Lifestyle Lift is not all its cracked up to be and to contact the local and national media to do a story on behalf of the many disappointed clients nationwide. I am already in touch with the Oprah Show.

I hope this review will encourage others to seek several consultations before buying into the claims that Lifestyle Lift is 'the nations face experts'.
     
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Anonymous on 2010-06-10:
You do look somewhat younger.
You seem like an intelligent, successful and well off woman. While my heart goes out to you for such a disapponting outcome in your eyes but what were you expecting?
Don't worry about your outer beauty and what people think. Take care of the inner beauty and you will feel a lot better about yourself all around.
Anonymous on 2010-06-10:
I have to agree with Lakisha. Outer beauty means nothing. Maybe back in the days of junior high and high school, when we're still maturing. But as adults, we should understand that everybody ages. I always found that what other people consider flaws, I find gives them character. Who wants to stare at a plain Jane barbie doll? It's like looking at mannequins. Personally, I want to see some character, some lines, noses with bumps, etc...we're all human and those little things make us special.
Aliceje on 2013-04-22:
I don't see the before pictures ... I see just two pictures marked "After" ...
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These People Are Butchers!
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- My 74 year old mother had the procedure to remove her "waggle" as she called it from under her chin and lasering around her mouth on March 9 2011. I have been taking care of her for the past 3 days and the more I look at her the more I want to bring charges against the piece of crap doctor that did this to her. First off, her appointment was at 1:30 and at 7:00PM no one had called to tell us she was done so we could pick her up. When we called we got the answering service and was told they would TRY to find someone to talk to me. Finally a man got on the phone to tell me that she was done and someone would walk her down from the 10th floor to the lobby. I told him I was really getting worried because it took so long and he said "yea, we take our time in these matters. My mom was so out of it she could barely walk and when she was brought down they took her outside in the 28 degree wheather...not into the lobby. When we saw her I was horrified. Granted I knew it wasn't going to be pretty but nothing like she was. She could not speak until the next day and now on day 3 she is just beginning to be able to swollow. Last night we decided to clean her up and unwrapped her, I nearly passed out! WTF, that's bulls**t saying you can go out for dinner afterwards.

Even worse the med's were making her throw up so we called and were told they would call in a new med. It has now been 2 days and still no call to pharm. for new med's. As****s, they don't care about their patients. I want to post this doctors name SSSSOOOO bad but I can't afford to be sued since my mom spent my inheritance on this freeken procedure.

PEOPLE..spend your money on a nice cruise (but not to Mexico right now) and have some fun instead of having your ears cut off and sewed back on and you can't leave the house for a month, not to mention the incredible pain you will suffer, and chances are high the results for your time and money may be absolutely nothing!I pray she will get something from this, other than the HUGE scars, that she deserves for her $7,000.00
     
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Skye on 2011-03-11:
Any type of surgical procedure is a risk. Your mom is 74, and the older you are, the longer healing time you need, and there is a lot more room for complications.

If your mom continues to have issues, take her to an emergency room asap.

Good luck, I do hope it really was worth it for her, and that her results are what she wanted. As for your inheritance that you are anry she spent, it's her money and it's hers to do as she pleases, and spend any way she wants.
trmn8r on 2011-03-11:
What is most important, I assume, is how this turns out once the patient has healed. A surgical procedure on a 74 yr old is probably going to take a bit more recovery than a 55 year old.
Skye on 2011-03-11:
That should say, "angry she spent". Missed my edit time.
ok4now on 2011-03-11:
If you're still alive and have good health at age 74 you're ahead of the game. A few sags and wrinkles is to be expected. At this age who are you trying to impress? The money would have been better spent on a nice cruise and enjoy the time you have left.
Anonymous on 2011-03-11:
It has only been a few days. These procedures take time. Mom's money is best spent however Mom chooses to spend it. I hope my kids aren't clocking their inheritances like that. I hope she feels better soon and that the results are everything she expected them to be. I am sure she appreciates your taking great care of her while she heals up.
Anonymous on 2011-03-12:
You don't have to mention the Dr's name, the address tells all. It is unacceptable that they have not called in the different meds to the pharmacy, did you make a follow up reminder call?
The pre-op consultation should have covered what to expect post-surgery in terms of discomfort and estimated healing time, but everyone is different, and at her age what you have described is not surprising. It is obvious you resent the fact that she spent that money on the procedure, as it appears you have prehumously assumed ownership of it. I say good for her! Sounds like there's a lot of life left in her, let her live it as she wishes. Be a good daughter and be supportive of her choices and her independence. And don't count your inheritance until its hatched, or you may end up with egg shells. And yes, I know there's no such word as prehumously - at least not until I just coined it. :)
drugdoc121 on 2011-03-12:
Sounds like this was elective cosmetic surgery and, to be honest, I am surprised such a risk was taken, both by a doctor and a patient, on someone who is 74. I wish her a full recovery.
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Shameful Business Practices
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BEVERLY HILLS -- This company pushed a sale on me promising a procedure on May 21st.2010.
The price was negotiated and recorded and signed on paper, but when I showed up on the appointed date at the appointed time (recorded and reconfirmed); I paid $5050.00, but then I was told that the cost would be $300 more than agreed upon and that I arrived at the wrong time. The company refused to do the procedure unless I paid the additional $300 even after I promised to bring in the amount the following day at "post-op".The doctor then refused to do the surgery although I was prepared in all other ways, because he claimed that he had 3 other surgeries, and there was not enough time for me.
This cost me the fee for a driver, one day of work, $40 taxi cost, expense of pre medication, and extreem humiliation, upset, stress and anger! Every one of the personnel including the doctor, were cold and disinterested and caused me great emotional distress.
BEWARE of this "SLICK" operation!!
     
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Alain on 2010-05-22:
You might not want a doctor operating on you who may be tired after 3 prior operations. If you feel that you should recover costs and punitive damages for emotional distress you want to contact an attorney for a free consultation to advise you on pursuing a case. There are lots of attorneys who specialize in this sort of thing.
madconsumer on 2010-05-22:
was this in detroit or beverly hills?

"Lifestyle Lift, Detroit , Mi."
"Location: Beverly Hills"
GenuineNerd on 2010-05-22:
There is a Beverly Hills, Michigan, which is a Detroit suburb, although it isn't as glitzy and ritzy as its California counterpart.
Anonymous on 2010-05-22:
Maybe this was a sign to not have any plastic surgery done
Humiliated on 2010-05-25:
As a note of clarification, I was scheduled as the first patient of the day. So I was "bumped" to make way for the following patients.
I didn't know that attorneys specialize in "this sort of thing". Lifestyle Lift tries to impress the patient with false statements like "Sure, you can go back to work in 3 days! No general anesthetic needed. We use what the dentists used to numb the area, and Vallium to relax you." I have since learned that a general anestetic is very necessary for this type of invasive surgery. It is NOT a tooth filling or extraction!

The incident took place in Beverly Hills, California. The company has locations around the U.S., and uses TV informercials to advertise nationaly
PepperElf on 2010-05-25:
did you get any refund for the 5050 you already paid?

and... since they're technically medical professionals, you might want to report them.

I did a quick google search and found this suggested list

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_and_who_do_you_report_a_bad_doctor


1. file a voluntary Medwatch (www.fda.gov/medwatch) report or call 800-fda-1088
2. contact state medical licensing board and file a complaint.
3. contact the state health dept.
4. file with consumer complaint such as Better Business Bureau
5. Contact the State Attorney General's Office and file a complaint against their business.


though personally I don't hold much stock in #4 because the BBB only works if the company you complain about actually cares what the BBB says. personally I'd rather use the FTC since they at least have legal authority
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