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I am 44 years old and have hoods on my eyelids and...

I am 44 years old and have hoods on my eyelids and turkey/chicken neck under my chin. I have hated these for years and am finally doing something about it. Although people say I only look 35, I feel so much older than my real age, especially in profile pictures of myself...so, I'm having a bilateral upper blepheroplasty and lower facelift.

I'm also tired of having people tell me I look tired!! Yes I have two very small children and I AM tired, but not tired as my eyes make me look! Lol!

My surgery is only 8 days away now and I am very excited! I'm not too worried about post op pain; I've been told by my ps that the most common complaint is burning/itching where the sutures are. Swelling and bruising can be kept to a minimum by icing and rest.

Oh yeah, I'm also tired of having to "lift" my hoods to apply makeup only to have it disappear when I let go!! I draw an exaggerated cat eye with liquid liner just to get a regular liner look when I let go! Oy! Sooooon it will all be gone!

The pics speak for themselves. I feel like a vibrant beautiful woman on the outside and now I want the outside to match. It seems having children later in life has sped up my aging process! Go figure!

I can't believe my surgery is on Monday! I've been...

I can't believe my surgery is on Monday! I've been keeping really busy to occupy myself until then...cleaning, cuddling with my babies etc. I'm not sure how I'll feel Sunday night, but right now I just want all this skin GONE!

My mom passed away in 2009 at the age of 72 (lung cancer) and I remember when I was little, she had the same surgery at around the same age I am now. Her was covered back ten by provincial health care...they said the hoods were impairing her vision. Good for her!
I'm having dinner and drinks with my bf tonight so we can giggle and talk about the surgery...a "Farewell to Chicken" night! Lol!

I love this community and all the support you ladies give. It helps me get through the days! Thank you!

I started taking the Arnica tablets today. I hope...

I started taking the Arnica tablets today. I hope it helps with the bruising! My ps has had good success with it so we'll see! Getting a little nervous about the whole recovery! Oh man, two more sleeps!!

Sorry this update us so late! Sx only took 4 hours...

Sorry this update us so late! Sx only took 4 hours not the 5.5 they were thinking.

I'm trying to rest and ice as much as possible so I'll post all the details tomorrow after my 4 pm post op.

My chest is tight after the BA but I'm ok. I have drains behind my ears and the burn a bit but I'm only taking Tylenol 3 for pain! Yay!

Thank you for your well wishes! I'll post more tomorrow! :D

I can't even begin to explain how happy I am with...

I can't even begin to explain how happy I am with these procedures!!

Let me tell you about my day yesterday..

I got to the surgery centre at 630am and surgery was at 7:30am. Face and BA only took four hours not the expected 5.5 so I was home by 4pm. They did catheterize me (I had never had that before) and I was surprised how little pain was associated with removing it.

I had drains placed behind my ears and down to the front of my neck that were removed today (THAT was not comfortable..thank goodness it was quick!). The swelling on my eyes has already decreased dramatically from yesterday and there is NO pain at all with that. The sutures around my ears burn a bit, but is completely manageable.

My ps was very surprised that I have NO lower face swelling or bruising. He is very pleased with how well I am responding so soon. I am too!!

I cried a bit when I saw my neck for the first time. I absolutely hated how my skin looked before surgery and honestly, I NEVER expected such a great result. I am sooo happy and it's only going to get better!

I can shower on Thursday (hubby will have to help since there is also a BA and I have slightly limited movement) and the eyelid and front ear sutures will be removed on Friday.

I am only taking Tylenol 3 for pain (only two today..mainly for my chest muscles) and an antibiotic. I feel really good considering what I had done yesterday!

I can't wait to see the results as the weeks go on. I'll post more pics throughout the week and keep everyone updated. Thank you for all of your support!

Post op day 3: So u have maximum swelling today...

Post op day 3:

So u have maximum swelling today on my temples and cheekbones. Also, my eyelids are still quite swollen. So when I look in the mirror right now, I don't really look like myself but I know this will change as the swelling goes down.

There is still no pain just tightness under my chin (yay!!!) and where I'm swollen on my cheeks. I can't wait to look like myself again..only less saggy!

I highly recommend both of these surgeries. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask
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Day 5 Post Op

Posting pics today. Still no pain but I am now a very lively shade of yellow! Lol!

Swelling is slowly going away on my eyelids and is at a peak day for my cheeks and temples..all downhill from here and can only get better!

Excited to see the "new" old me in the mirror again!

Incision pic

A Week Ago Today..

It's hard to believe that one week ago I had my surgery. I feel better and better every single day.

The swelling around my ears and temple is disappearing more and more while the bruising is now on its way out too :)))

When I look in the mirror, I see what I saw 20 years ago and I'm so incredibly happy I had the opportunity to do this. I have an amazing support system in my husband and couldn't have done this without him.

My eyes area still swollen on the upper outside edge near the end of my eyebrows but I finally look more like myself today. I'm soooo happy!!

I'll continue to post update pics as the changes occur.

New pics

Stitches are OUT!

I saw my nurse today to have all the sutures out from around my ears and temples and let me tell you...it feels SO GOOD!! I think that was the worst part! The sutures behind my ears were rubbing my skin raw and I'm all clear to finally sleep on my sides again!! WHOOPEE!!

The swelling is reducing on my cheeks daily and the bruises around my eyes is all but gone. I put a little mascara on today and it felt great to be close to my old self again :)))

I am sooo happy with everything! I feel fantastic!

3 Weeks post op today

I can't believe it's been three weeks already. When I look in the mirror, I see myself the way I saw myself 20 years ago. The swelling has mostly subsided now (still some in front of my ears but not noticeable) and my neck still has some lovely yellow bruising where the drains were.

Being so pale, my suture lines are still quite red and I know that'll take some time to resolve. That's ok by me! The results are WORTH it!

New pics today with a bit of makeup :))

Forgot the ear suture pics!

Meant to post the pics of the behind the ear incisions yesterday. Here they are!

New pics: One Month Post-Op

Posting new pics of incisions and their healing. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

I've had some breakthrough bleeding along my hairline which worried me this far out...saw my nurse and ps the next day and he giggled "I think we forgot to tell you that new hair growing through will cause a bit if bleeding!" Lol! So nothing to worry about after all. Who knew?? :)

I will periodically post pics as the changes happen, until then, happy healing everyone!! If you're on the fence, get off and DO IT!

:D

Before and after (neck)

6 Week PO, new pics

I had my final check up appt yesterday and my ps was very happy with my healing process to date (so am I!). I have noticed that my facial scars are quite red now due to the hair growth coming through and even that varies from day to day. It is very easy to conceal with a bit if makeup though so I'm not at all worried or self conscious about them at all. Everything takes time!

I'm posting a few pics today and will continue to do so periodically as I see changes. I hope you are all healing well and good luck everyone!

More pics!

Pics

7 Weeks: Scars Fading Fast

Not many changes lately except the scars are getting lighter and lighter. Having an Irish background, my skin and any scarring tends to redden VERY easily. Scars fade very slowly and these are no different but are easily covered with a bit of makeup.

Happy healing!

Before and After

Almost 45 Years Old; 6 Month Post Op! New Pics!!

Well it has been 6 months since my surgery, I'll be 45 in January and I could not be more thrilled with the results!!

No asks me if I'm tired anymore in fact they ask where I've been and why I look so good! ????????

Here are my pics from today and if anyone has any questions, please ask away! I check here occasionally and will try to keep up with my photos but I don't expect any drastic changes anymore but stayed tuned!
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Simply gorgeous results. No wonder you are thrilled! I am two weeks out from my upper/lower bleph. Did you use anything on your scars as they were healing?
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You look gorgeous. Cannot believe you are 45. Looks more like late 20's like a gorgeous high pay supermodel. Not kidding either. Lucky you.
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Great job. And am happy for you..:).your condition is very very similar to mine..i will do for it..:)
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D77, Such a perfect transformation. From eyelids resting on lashes to near perfection by 6 days and only better each post from there! Your surgeon is clearly excellent. Being in your 40's is helpful but having a competent surgeon is really key. Your eyes look amazing! grace
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You look wonderful! How do you respond when people ask you where you've been and why you look so good?
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gorgeous
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You look awesome ... I'm researching upper eyelid only... And your pics and experience really help ... Thank you :) hats off to your ps
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The posted responses that read "nanijo" as the person is indeed me. I signed in under another profile so have no fear! Your questions are being answered by the correct person!
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are you still on the message board? First, you had amazing results! Just flawless. My question to you is did your incision from the upper eyelid lift extend to beyond the actual eye crease? I am just 3 weeks post op from a top flight surgeon, so I know I had the best of care. However, I am freaking out over my upper eyelid incisions. They extend beyond my natural eye (which I was not expecting) and I am worried that they are going to leave a white scar.
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Yes, I check back here periodically. My incisions did extend past my eye and they have become invisible. Don't pick at scabs and follow your ps's post op instructions and all will be fine! Happy healing!
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omg, this is incredible, you truly look in your 30s. stunning result...top marks to the surgeon, do you think you could please pm me his name? why don't you tell us here who he is?
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Done. I'll pm you. I new to stay as anonymous as possible and therefore will reply to pm requests for his name. Thank you for your kind words!
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You look fabulous. Thanks for your posts and details. Your positive attitude has really helped me a lot.
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Wow! What a nice thing to write! I'm glad my journey has been able to give others insight. Thank you so much!
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Excellent results the transformation is clearly seen , very nice detailed write up and pictures
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Thank you D1977! I'm thrilled with the results also!
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Hi, you look amazing! Can you PM me your surgeon's name?
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Done!
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Pretty please PM me your surgeon's name? Thanks!
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You bet!
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Thank you SO much for posting your experience and all the pictures! I have the exact same complaints and my eyes and neck/jowls look very similar to your before picture. I will be beyond thrilled if I get the same kind of results!!
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Thank you! I haven't regretted anything about this surgery for a second! I hope you have the same experience!
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Great results!
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Amazing! Beautiful results on your eyes and neck. Would you please pm your surgeon's name. Thank you for sharing.
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I absolutely will. Thank you!
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