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Good Results with Face-lift

I had a face/neck lift and upper eyelid surgery...

I had a face/neck lift and upper eyelid surgery two years ago at age 51. Prior to surgery I was getting jowly and had a lot of neck wrinkling. The surgery has taken at least 10 years off my face. I would caution people to plan at LEAST three weeks off from work and most responsibilities. I had a great amount of swelling and a huge blood clot on one side of the neck that needed to be drained several times in the surgeon's office. As bad as it sounds, this is a rather common occurrence. I had horrendous looking blood "pockets" under my eyes and lots of bruising--all of which went away without treatment. I was really not presentable for about two weeks, and then it was with makeup, sunglasses and a scarf on my neck. Pain was non-existent and I did not need any pain medications, either in the hospital (where I stayed just one night) or back at home. The scars behind my ears are "ropey" and thick rather than flat. Other than that there is no visible scarring, except in the crease of the eyelids, which is hidden for the most part. The sides of my cheeks near my ears are still half-numb and I expect will always be. They were very numb the first 6-9 months. All in all, I am happy with the results, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a minor surgery. It's a huge step and recovery can't be rushed. Get the best surgeon you can find, and stock up on pretty scarves and make-up to cover the scars for a couple of weeks. Be advised that no makeup, no matter how thickly applied, really covers bruising, but if you must get out of the house it's better than nothing. Good luck!
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I would really like to get a face lift before going on a ski trip to Europe this winter. How much time do I need to plan on recovery - not total recovery, but no discomfort and decent energy level. I am 66 and in good health, but Iwill only have about three weeks before hitting the slopes. Thank you for your comments.
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anyone have DR JOHN G WESTINE DO FACELIFT?
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I would love to know the name of your physcian, if you are willing to share it. Thank you.
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Thanks for the honest and full review. It is descriptions like this one that we need in order to make fully informed decisions. Much appreciated.
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I am very happy with my full face endoscopy lift that I had done 2 years ago in Florida. My doctor prepared me for the procedure which took eight hours. I had done my research, met with several doctors and selected a doctor who only worked on faces. He was very expensive but worth every penny As i said to my husband when he asked "how much" I said how about a mercedes. I had initial pain for a few days, swelling was a lot longer than I thought, very little bruising, but he had a lot of work to do and the trauma can cause swelling for a longer period of time. This is major surgery to your face. I still have some numbness, but he prepared me for all of it. He even said that it would look even better after the first year as it takes that long for all the swelling to go away. I would do it again as I got the results I had hoped for. Being prepared is so important.
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I was happy to read that you had a very positive experience with a Florida doctor! I've been planning facelift surgery for a couple of years and interviewed 4 doctors in Fort Lauderdale (Florida) where I live. Is there any way you could share the name of your doctor with me? I would like to schedule an appointment with him. Thank you very much! Rose Editor note: You must be contacted privately to receive the information you requested. This requires free registration for an account. When registering, you must opt-in to receive private messages (a check box).
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HI AJ Would you be willing to share your docs name in Florida? Thank you
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