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  • 1 year ago

We'd love to know how your recovery went and in what ways the LSL has changed your life.

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I had a lifestyle lift Arpil 2014. I was very nervious from reviews I had read. I went in, they took before photos and took me to the room which looks a lot like a dentist office, same type chair and set up. The Doctor drew lines on my face and then then gave me a few pills from the prescription I had to get previous and bring with me. They also gave me one extra pill and left the room for about 15 minutes. I dozed off but was awake and very relaxed when they came back in. The doctor gives you a series of shots all over your face (like tiny bee stings), did not feel most of them at all. soon they were working on my face, and I felt nothing. Once I let them know that I felt sharp things and the doctor gave me another needle to numb it up, and it did. You are awake, but its a very relaxed. The only discomfort is you have to hold your head way to one side and then the other, so I asked the nurse to help hold my head down becuae your neck will kind of hurt, because you are straining to keep your head way over to the side. Then they put your head to the middle to work on your chin area where they do liposuction. They put big rod and I felt the sensation of it going way down my neck, but just a sensation, no pain and no discomfort. The pills kind of put you into a la la land. then you put your head to the other side, and do the other side. You see the long thread when they are sewing up or doing the sutures and you know that that part is about done. When they were all finished and she sat me up I was giggling. Shortly my husband came in to pick me up. The assistant help me to go to my car. You do exit the back of the building and you are bandgaded up as you would expect. I went home and took my pain pills and went right to bed. You have to sleep with one pillow under your back and 2 or 3 under your head. I had a pile so I was practically sitting up. I put on movies and drank a pile of iced water. You can not ice the 1st night because your bandage is too big, but you go in the next day and they put on a smaller bandage. You "will" of course be swollen to be expected. I ate yogurts and soups. but you really wont' be too hungry because you mostly sleep. The next day about 24 hrs after procedure I threw up all the way to Burlington MA where I had surgery done. About 1/2 hour ride. By the time I got there it had stopped. Expect to throw up day after because all the crap in your system will disagree with your tummie. I kept a picture journal for about 2 weeks. This Monday 5/12/14 will be my third week. Most of the swelling is gone down. The stiches are not dissolved as of yet, but little by little they are going away. I still Ice a lot and you will still be tired and not be able to lift even 5 pounds the 3rd week. But after the 2nd week I kept up with vaccume, laundry and dishes. Thankfully I have my Mom helping me out as I am a caretaker as well. I am retired so do not have a job to get back to,but if you do, then you really need 3 weeks before you could do an office type job I think, and then might have to do light duty for a few more like half days. Just going my my recuperation time. It seems forever, but I am thinking in another 3 or 4 weeks, I should be feeling much better. This lift as they told me when I went does not make such a difference that people notice a huge change. But it certinally does make a difference. You will still look like you. I only got the facelift and not the eyes. But my neck was all fatty, and I had the lines beside my mouth that made me look like I had been frowing all the time. Those lines are gone and now when I make a slight smile you can tell its a smile. I am overweight so have a bit of a double chin, but they lypoed a lot of fat away and I am staying with a very bland and mostly soft diet. Have completely cut out milk which I craved, and do not anymore. Well once a day I'll have a small chocolate milk where before I had many a day. so I have lost in 3 weeks about 10 pounds, but am still heavy. I am still recuperating, and feel a bit of a pain here and there once in a while but you see your nerves have to all heal and reattach under your skin. I am numb just like the doctor told me I'd be and I am soar to the touch, but you have to realize you have been cut, skin stretched and sewed back together so depending upon how healthy you are to start with counts as to how long of a recuperation you will have. I am not that healthy to begin with, so I do not think I am doing too bad. They give you a date about 2 months after your procedure to go back for the after photos, so in my opinion that is how long most people will take to recuperate fully. But I'm only 3 weeks in, Monday will be 3 or 4 weeks. You will have days when you just sleep all day even if you go to sleep early. Its not as bad as all those bad reviews. Burlington MA doctors are really wonderful. Yes you go in and you feel like its a sales pitch, a bit overdone and people see too nice, but it is what it is and they don't promise any more. I am happy with my improvements and am working to loose weight little by little just by a chang in diet. Not much milk, I only eat fish and soups. A bit of ice cream now and then don't hurt but not every day. I wish you luck in your procedures, and do recommend Lifestyle lift in Andover.
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I had the lower face & neck lift plus the laser peel. I did it only to please myself. I am very happy with the results. The procedure wasn't bad at all. The worst part was the numbing needles. Didn't even use most of the painkillers they gave me for afterward. Lots of itchiness, tightness & dryness due to the peel, but I used a lot of Vasoline on my face. Within a month, my skin color was back to normal. I've had a few people ask me if I've had a makeover. I'm very happy with my new jawline (jowls removed via lipo) & my more defined neckline. To me, it was worth every penny. I am 64 but feel like 10 yrs. has been taken off my appearance. Mine was done my Dr. Jason Swerdloff in Tampa, FL. The stitching used around my ears & under my chin dissolved so I didn't have to have them removed. I can't even see scarring around my ears anyone. The one under my chin fades more each day. Not every doctor is the same, but I highly recommend Dr. Swerdloff. Make sure the doctor you use has done thousands of these procedures & is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon.
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Apparently no one is happy with their LSL! I had one done and could have died! Stay away and RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
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I would say that you should do the research on any doctor that is assigned to you. Most of them have their own practice and work at lsl part time. I did my research and found my doctor to be well qualified. But also would say that if I had had the money would rather have had it done in a hospital environment with at least an overnight stay so you don't have to get back into the car and travel to have the bandage changed. But lsf does suggest hotel in the area you could stay at if you had the money. Hospital is probably best, but being on a budget, lsl, is not a bad option. They do call you for the next few days to see how you are doing. I would not want to do it again, only because of the reup time, not because of the procedure. If I had to do it again, I would have researched price to have it done in a hospital environment. You do have to be responsible for your own care with lsl for sure. Ask questions, as many as you can think of. and do your research of the doctor for sure. But I would not run.
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