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New Face, New Attitude!

  • SonomaGirl
  • 1 year ago

  I've been reading the posts on this forum for a few weeks; my story is a little different, and I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced what I have.  It's been ten weeks since I had facelift-necklift-upper & lower bleph surgery in Bangkok, Thailand.  I'm 64 years old and thanks to my genes, had always looked younger than my age . . . until my face and neck started sagging a couple of years ago.  I'd never been overly concerned with my appearance, always kept a “natural” look, but just didn't want to look old while I still felt young. My surgery went really well, no pain at all; I had excellent care, and healing has been pretty much normal. However, the strangest thing has happened since I've become comfortable with my new face: I actually feel like a teenager! In many ways, I seem to have reverted to being 18 or 19 years old.  I feel light and upbeat and carefree.  I go out dancing, listen to rock music.  I want to try new things.  It's almost as if the surgery triggered some hormone that ignited a spark of youthful energy. People have commented on the difference in my demeanor; some don't know that I had the surgery.  I've also become a bit flirtatious at times, and now find myself attracted to much younger men! (I am single!)   It's taken a while for everything (face, neck, eyes) to adjust and settle, which is normal.  During the first month after my surgery, I would examine my new face constantly, and be hyper-critical.  Some areas, especially near my ears and under my chin, were numb; however, this subsided a little bit every day.  Now I've learned to just detach myself, stop judging, and actually enjoy watching and feeling the subtle changes day by day.

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I've been traveling regularly to Bangkok for 25 years, so I'm familiar with the city as well as Thai culture. I'd been having my medical and dental check-ups done at Bumrungrad Hospital there . . . Much cheaper than in the U.S., and much better quality of care. When I thought about having a facelift, I visited their Plastic Surgery Center and had a couple of consultations with Dr. Sorawuth Chu-Ongsakul. He has good credentials and recommendations, and speaks English well. Also, any Dr. that works at this hospital would have to be highly qualified. Dr. Sorawut took good care of me, and we're still in touch by email as he asks for photos and updates.
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Sonomagirl,
How did you pick your surgeon in bangkok? Who is he?
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Hi Glad,
I've been traveling regularly to Bangkok for 25 years, so I'm familiar with the city as well as Thai culture. I'd been having my medical and dental check-ups done at Bumrungrad Hospital there . . . Much cheaper than in the U.S., and much better quality of care. When I thought about having a facelift, I visited their Plastic Surgery Center and had a couple of consultations with Dr. Sorawuth Chu-Ongsakul. He has good credentials and recommendations, and speaks English well. Also, any Dr. that works at this hospital would have to be highly qualified. Dr. Sorawut took good care of me, and we're still in touch by email as he asks for photos and updates.
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Call me dumb or something but I cant see pictures .. nor can I post them..... I am feeling very well I am going to wash my hair tomorrow carefully with baby shampoo he said.. I go back thursday then next thursday july 5 I get the stiches out.. I see some bruising under my head wrap but I know that is expected
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Chasesmommy,

Glad to hear that everything went well for you! How is the pain? I remember the first few days after my surgery, I was surprised at how tired I would get, and finally realized it was better just to rest, instead of trying to do normal physical activity right away. Hope you continue to improve and I look forward to your updates.
Pkf, As for photos, I personally am too paranoid or shy, or a combination of both (!), to put my photos online! But I appreciate others who do!
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Would love to see pics. I think it's wonderful your feeling so rejuvenated. Enjoy...
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I've thought about posting photos, but I'm too paranoid (or shy, or something!) Thanks for your good wishes. :-)
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I didn't feel any pain, never took the pills they gave me for pain. What I felt was discomfort, tightness, numbness, tingling and other new and odd sensations. But after a few days these subsided and/or grew easier to deal with. Also, for a few nights, had to sleep with my head elevated, which was tricky. Of course, everyone is different, has different reactions to the surgery. But any pain or discomfort is temporary, while your new face and neck will be permanent! Hope it goes well for you!
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Wow so glad to hear you are doing well. I recently lost 77 lbs and have now a turkey ugly neck and extra skin on my cheeks.. I have scheduled a neck and face lift for next month I am getting scared to death now. I am 68 but my neck looks 98.. How bad is the pain? Be honest God bless
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Chasesmommy, I had a mini-lift 17 days ago. The pain was not bad at all but the numbness, tightness and general discomfort is horrible. Even though my results were great, there is no way I would have had it done had I known beforehand the extent and duration of the discomfort involved. (Please keep in mind that plastic surgeons generally minimize the difficulty and duration of the recovery period - read these message boards carefully.) I can tolerate a little discomfort but the absolute worst part for me is not knowing if I''ll ever get back to normal again. This is just my experience, of course, and yours could be totally different, better or worse. At any rate, good luck whatever you choose and congratulations on your weigh loss.
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